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Afternoon Tea at
Barcaldine Castle near
Oban, Scotland
Afternoon Tea at Benson's
Afternoon Tea at the
Bridge Tearooms
Afternoon Tea at
Prestonfield House in
Edinburgh, Scotland
Afternoon Tea at the
Samling Hotel Lake
Windermere, England
When I was growing up, we had afternoon tea everyday upon our
arrival home from school. As was the tradition, this light repast
carried us over until a later supper when my father arrived home
from work. My mother faced no challenge in getting us home
directly from school as we could not wait to see what aromas would
permeate the house upon opening the front door. Chelsea Buns,
Lemon Curd Tarts, Strawberry Jam Tarts, Shortbread, Victoria
Sponge Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Oven warm Scones with Jam
and Cream! We each had our favorites, but if my mother and sister
were baking it was all going to be wonderfully delicious! There is
nothing better than to be able to bring the same to you!
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Afternoon Tea at Ashmount Country House in Haworth
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Having owned a Wee Scottish Tearoom for several years brought back
all those memories of afternoon tea as a child and my ever increasing
love for Scotland and a more relaxed way of living.
When guests to the tearoom requested that I conduct a tour to
my ancestral homeland, I though "why not" and Scottish Dream Tours
was born. I am often asked why we focus on tearooms.
The focus is not entirely on tearooms, but we have to eat somewhere
anyway, so why not indulge ourselves in the timeless tradition of
taking tea! Our tours are designed to bring back yesterday with
wonderful traditions and a much slower pace of life. Join us for an
excursion to the best tearooms that the British Isles have to offer.
Touring Scotland became so popular that is wasn't long before we were adding
on Ireland, Wales and England. Although we now offer tours that are not
necessarily listed as tearoom tours, we still find that our tearoom tours are our
most favorite tours. Scotland has more tearooms that any other place in the
British Isles which makes it perfect for taking in many lovely tearooms. Ireland
has the reputation for drinking more tea than any other country! We love to
offer castle or country house afternoon teas in our tours as well as the quaint
tearooms that dot the countryside and small villages that we love so much. We
look forward to sharing our love of these warm, wonderful countries and
sharing some of our favorite tearooms with you. You can find your self
indulging in a Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea or a High Tea on many of our tours!
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Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts
of solitude and the pleasures of company.

If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will
cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are
excited, it will calm you.  ~Gladstone, 1865

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one
you forget about afterwards.  ~A.A. Milne

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough
to suit me.  ~C.S. Lewis

You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked
most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake. I am
known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary
sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go
too far.
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
We are especially excited that our house tour adventures are going so
well. We rent a large home for one week in one location and then for
another week in another location. We take day tours from the house
and also have a murder mystery, music night and games nights on
the evenings that we are home. We will take advantage of local
theatre, music and other events where we are able. I especially like
these tours as it allows me to display all my skills learned from having
a tearoom. I use many of my own recipes as well as ones I learned
from mother and sister. Especially popular is my grandfather
McDonald's bread and butter pudding! Having made hundreds of
batches of scones, I usually give a demonstration of making the best
scones in the world while on these tours!
Now in our 21st year of offering tours to Scotland, Ireland, Wales
and England with yearly excursions to Norway, Tuscany,
Switzerland and New Zealand. Many of these tours include some of
our favourite tearooms and afternoon tea locations while on a
delightful excursions throughout the lands of our ancestors.
Although tearooms are not our only focus while on tours, you have
to eat somewhere anyway,  so why not take advantage of a
traditional in the countries where it was perfected to a fine art?
Join us on a journey to our favourite locations in the British Isles to
enjoy this traditional ritual.