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New Scottish Ancestry Outlander-Inspired Tours By Dream Escape

March 25, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Outlander, the hugely acclaimed TV series based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book, has taken the world by storm, and inspired Dream Escape’s latest tours.

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Filmed on location in Scotland, interest in the country has surged amongst fans keen to visit the historic locations depicted on screen, as they look to experience Scotland, the home of Jamie Fraser, Clan MacKenzie, Gaelic, kilts and some of the most inspiring scenery in the world. Outlander’s romantic depiction of the Fraser and MacKenzie clans, and the many sites across Scotland related to them, has also caught the attention of some 50 million people across the world estimated to have Scottish ancestry, over half of whom live in America.

With this in mind, high-end experiential travel company Dream Escape has crafted two exceptional bespoke tours. ‘Outlander’ revisits locations from the series, taking in Scotland’s mountains, lochs, forests and glens whilst providing insights into its fascinating history, culture and heritage. ‘Ancestry’ goes a few steps further. These one-of-a-kind ancestral tours, conceived by Dream Escape exclusively for Scottish clan-members from across the globe, are highly personalized and account for each group’s specific interests and ancestral roots

On Dream Escape’s eight-day Outlander tour (attached), expert guides and exclusive experiences transport guests back to 1743, and to the landmarks where Scotland’s future was decided – on bloody battlefields and in historic castles. The journey travels from the rugged wilderness of the Highlands – home to Culloden Battlefield, Glen Affic, Loch Ness, Strathpeffer and Beauly – to the majesty of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Clients will visit ruined castles, mysterious lochs and eerie glens as they voyage in the scenic footsteps of Jamie and Claire.

Ancestry offers clients with Scottish heritage an exceptional once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover and explore their ancestral roots. Each bespoke tour unveils a client’s clan history by travelling into their familial heartlands, visiting castles, museums and battle sites, as well as archive centres where they can learn more about where past familial generations lived and worked. Unique to Dream Escape are the services of a seanchaí (Celtic historian/storyteller) who will host clients on visits to private and exclusive venues linked to their clan.

Clan events make exciting add-ons and take place throughout the year. The Highland Games are innately Scottish and loads of fun, and they take place from May to September in small towns and villages, and the grounds of famed castles, across Scotland. September’s Braemer Gathering in Aberdeenshire is particularly special and dates back over 900 years to the days of King Malcolm Canmore. It is traditionally attended by the Royal Family, and this year will celebrate its bicentenary year with a special march by the Atholl and Lonach Highlanders

Who we are
Dream Escape, a leading high-end experiential travel company, offers the ultimate in tailor-made travel in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Established in 2005, the company is the preferred on-site for Virtuoso and a Signature destination specialist, and is also the accredited Virgin Galactic space agent for Scotland. The team, led by David Tobin, Condé Nast Traveler’s Scotland Specialist, handles every aspect of a client’s journey from concept to completion. Their extensive contact book means that clients travelling with Dream Escape gain exclusive access to attractions, sights and activities usually off-limits to the general public. Local experts, such as historians, curators and genealogists are often engaged to intensify a client’s journey. Dream Escape caters to all group sizes and is a leader in leisure-focused tours. They work with the finest accommodation and transport providers, and are experts in booking prestigious villas and in special event planning. The company prides itself on its high service levels, professionalism and discretion, and has extensive experience in handling extremely high-end clients from across the globe.

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