Hold on to your kilt! We’re travelling to Scotland this October!

Hold on to your kilt! We’re travelling to Scotland this October!

HOLD ON TO YOUR KILT! WE’RE TRAVELLING TO SCOTLAND THIS OCTOBER!

We have announced the exciting itinerary for a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland this October from the 2nd to 10th.

As always, the trip will be full of luxurious accommodation, outstanding cuisine, incredible adventures, and unique spiritual experiences.

Called Mists, Mystics and the Whisky Trail, we’ll travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh with stops at a variety of magical places in between.

Our Scottish adventure starts the moment we touch down in Glasgow. We’ll get a first-hand look at the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands on the way to Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s biggest lake, which is situated by the majestic Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s most famous Munros, or mountains.

WHERE LUXURY MEETS THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Then it’s on to Fort William where we’ll be staying for two nights at the Inverlochy Castle (a Relais & Châteaux Hotel), a beautiful 19th century castle nestled in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. The scenery is so beautiful that in 1837 Queen Victoria spent a week there sketching, painting and writing in her diary, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.”

The next day will be spent indulging in your choice of classic Scottish pursuits – from clay shooting and archery to sheep dog herding – or jumping on a gondola to check out the view from atop Ben Nevis. You can also opt for a nature walk by the Highland Glen and Loch Leven, or a bike ride along the Caledonian Canal. You’ll discover why Fort William is known as the outdoor capital of the UK, as there is no shortage of waterfalls, trails and forests to explore.

The next morning we’ll venture further into the Highlands and on to the Inner Hebrides towards the Isle of Skye – a journey that will take us into the mystical side of Scotland.

We’ll travel first class in the iconic Jacobite Steam Train, enjoying tea and scones as we pass by such famous sites as the Glenfinnan Viaduct, – nicknamed the “Harry Potter Bridge” after the Hogwarts Express travelled over it in several movies – on your way to Mallaig to board the ferry to Skye.

ONWARDS TO SKYE

Situated off the west coast of Scotland, Skye is known as The Misty Isle, home to dinosaur fossils, abundant wildlife, and Clan castles, as well as “thin places” – where it is said the earthly veil is pulled back to reveal where heaven meets our world.

While on Skye we’ll stay at the delightfully shabby chic Skeabost Isle of Skye Hotel, which was originally built in 1871 as a fishing lodge. The wonderfully named River Snizort runs through the grounds of this charming 18-bedroom hotel, and you can find two small chapels associated with St Columba, the first Christian missionary to Scotland, on an island in the river.

The first night we’ll gather in the hotel’s own chapel, which is now a private dining room, for a fireside dinner complete with music by the local talent.

The next day Skye is yours to explore. You can hike down to the fairy pools, filled with water in an other-worldly shade of blue-green that is believed to have healing powers, or visit the many local artists and artisans who live and work on the island.

No matter what adventure you decide to embark on, we’ll end up at the Talisker Distillery, Skye’s oldest working distillery, for a private whisky tasting of its alluring, full-bodied single malt. Then it’s off to the award-winning Three Chimney’s Restaurant for lunch.

In true Divine Destination Collection fashion – there might be a surprise or two waiting for you during your stay on Skye.

OUTLANDER FANS REJOICE

The following day we’ll travel back to the mainland for our next stop on the itinerary, the famous five-star Gleneagles Hotel (a member of the Leading Hotels of the World), a magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland that was described as a “Riviera in the Highlands” when it opened its doors in 1924. It also has the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.

But before we get to Gleneagles there is a real treat in store for Outlander fans. We’ll stop at the Culloden Battlefield, the site of the 1746 battle of Culloden that brought an end to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion and was featured prominently in Outlander. We’ll then move on to the mystical site of Clava Cairns, a prehistoric cemetery full of passage graves and cairns – mounds of rough stones built as memorials and landmarks. These hallowed grounds were the inspiration for Craigh na Dun, the ancient stone circle where Claire travels from 1945 to 1743.

Once at Gleneagles we’ll get the chance to try your hand at falconry, or play a round on one of the hotel’s championship golf courses – one of which, the PGA Centenary Course, hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.

In the evening you’ll go back in time to the roaring 20s as we transform the hotel’s American Bar into an exciting underground speakeasy…you’ll need a special knock to enter and enjoy the thrill of partying during prohibition.

THE ROYAL TREATMENT IN EDINBURGH

The last two nights are spent in Edinburgh, at the city’s most prestigious address – No. 1 Princes Street. This is the incomparable Balmoral – A Roco Forte Hotel, known as the grand dame of Edinburgh.

Only in Edinburgh can you feel part of history as you walk along the cobbled alleyways of the Old Town with Edinburgh Castle looming overhead, then venture into the Georgian splendour of the New Town for a shopping trip full of all the most luxurious and posh brands. To get a real sense of what it is like to live in this enchanting city, we’ll get the unique opportunity to dine with a local family and experience some delicious home-cooked Scottish cuisine, a dram of two of the finest local whisky, and some great conversation.

A special treat awaits on the last day in Edinburgh – a private visit to the stunningly beautiful Rosslyn Chapel, the setting for the final scene in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. Then it’s on to experience Edinburgh Castle and raise a pint or two at a local pub before an exclusive farewell evening aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

You’ll feel like you are in an episode of The Crown as you sip champagne in the State Drawing Room before strolling through the ship – it’s all ours this evening – to see where Charles and Diana honeymooned, and then enjoying an elegant dinner fit for a king or queen, complete with Scottish dancers. You are truly in the Footsteps of the Royals!

ARE YOU READY TO GIVE INTO THE CALL OF BAGPIPES, ROYAL HISTORY, AND SOME OF THE MOST HAUNTING LANDSCAPES ON EARTH?

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We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

WE’RE ALL IRISH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY – WHY NOT VISIT IRELAND AND SEE WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!

We all like to say we’re Irish on St. Patrick’s Day – so instead of raising a pint of green beer and toasting the emerald isle – why not plan a visit?

It must be the luck o’ the Irish, because the Divine Destination Collection has a luxuriously curated trip to Ireland just waiting for you. With a minimum of 15 friends and family you can book a five-day private group trip that mixes music, food and history with some incredible one-of-a-kind adventures.

It all starts off with two days in Dublin, the home of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and the band members of U2.

You and your group will stay at the elegant and historic Shelbourne Dublin Hotel, where the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922 by Michael Collins and his colleagues.

Overlooking beautiful St. Stephens Green, Ireland’s best known Victorian public park, the Shelbourne is close to the great shopping of Grafton Street, as well as the vibrant nightlife found along the banks of the River Liffey, which flows through the city. There is also a genealogist on call at the Shelbourne to help you find out if you have Irish blood!

RAISING A PINT

How can you visit Dublin without dropping into a pub or two for a pint of Guinness?
To make sure you get an authentic pub experience you’ll join in on a pub crawl where musicians playing traditional Irish instruments such as the bodhrán accompany you while you venture from pub to pub.

The next night your group will descend into the 12th Century Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral for a private cocktail reception, complete with a haunting performance of medieval music and a chance to ring the church bells.

After Dublin you’re off to spend two nights in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, where you can expect some delightful surprises awaiting you as you check in to the Gregans Castle Hotel, a stunning 18th century manor house.

During your visit you’ll also enjoy a truly unique way to experience the kindness, hospitality and good humour of the Irish by dining with a local family for a wonderful, home-cooked meal and some good “craic” – the term the Irish use to describe fun conversation and storytelling.

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE

Another great adventure awaits with a ferry ride to Inis Mor (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands and full of windswept beauty and Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic monuments and artifacts. To make sure you get the most out of this experience your group will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who can point out the historical as well as the mystical.

In fact, the opportunity to learn about the spiritual and the mystical is what makes a trip with the Divine Destination Collection truly different from any other journey, and Ireland won’t disappoint.

Ireland has many “thin places,” where it is said that the distance between this world and the next is paper thin and you can catch a glimpse of the divine and forever see the world in a new light.

Some of these thin places include ancient sites such as the Hill of Tara where Gods once lived, St. Brigid’s Well, which is known for its healing powers, and Newgrange, a Stone Age monument and tomb that is older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt.

A DEDICATION TO LUXURY

The other feature which makes a Divine Destination Collection trip remarkable is the dedication to the most luxurious accommodations and amenities.

Throughout this Irish adventure you will stay at some of the most beautiful and unique hotels Ireland has to offer, which includes the Shelbourne in Dublin, the Gregans Castle Hotel in Ballyvaughan, and the regal 5th Century Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate in Shannon, the ancestral home of Gaelic Royalty. That is where you’ll spend your final night after an enchanting private garden party, complete with Irish sing-along, held beneath the stars in the castle’s walled garden.

This trip is a great way to bring a group of people together to celebrate a milestone anniversary or a special event such as a 50th birthday. If you are travelling alone or in a smaller group, the Divine Destination Collection plans to offer this trip again in the near future.

In the meantime, if the Celtic fascinates you, learn about the Divine Destination Collection’s upcoming trip to Scotland this October. Bagpipes and a nip of great Scottish whisky might just be in your future!

Have a look at our Ireland itinerary. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Meet Sue Kenney our Spiritual Guide on the Camino

Meet Sue Kenney our Spiritual Guide on the Camino

Meet Sue Kenney our Spiritual Guide on the Camino

In 2001 Sue Kenney was enjoying a successful career as an account executive in the Telecom industry when her life suddenly changed.

She was downsized, without any warning.

“I was completely shocked,” says Kenney. “I knew I had to do something. It was important for me to figure out what I was doing in my life.”

Kenney had seen a television program about walking the Camino and decided an 800 km walk might help her figure out what to do next. “Walking is meditative and walking forward while thinking lets you leave things behind,” she says. “You are able to let go of things.”

Spending six or eight hours a day in nature can also be healing. “There is freedom and joy in being outside,” Kenney says. In Japan, there is even a practice called shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, that believes trees have a direct healing effect on the mind and body.

“Just being around trees puts you in an optimum state of mind. You think more clearly and things come up that you never thought about before.”

Since that first walk in 2001, Kenney has encountered a lot of trees along the Camino. She has walked the trail 25 times, including one particular route that she has travelled 17 times – but she says no journey is ever the same. “It is a different journey because of the people you are with, and how you have changed,” Kenney explains. “It’s very organic.”

Travelling to the Camino with the Divine Destination Collection

This May, Kenney will be joining the Divine Destination Collection as they travel to Spain to walk the Camino. As the group’s spiritual guide, she will share her experiences with the group and give them some tips on what to look out for along the way – but at the same time, she will be careful not to divulge too much about the journey ahead. “I don’t want to tell them too much, or tell them what to experience,” she says. “I’m not creating their journey for them.”

Although most people tend to focus on the beautiful Spanish countryside when thinking about walking the Camino, Kenney says this trip is about people. “We are all being called to walk together in a group we haven’t chosen,” she says. “We’ve been brought together to experience this trip as one, as well as an individual.”

Kenney says it is also important to approach the Camino with an open mind. “You have to open yourself up to the possibilities – to meet people from other countries, and to meet the villagers along the way. It changes you.”

While walking the Camino can be a physical challenge, it is not only about testing yourself, or pushing your limits, says Kenney. You are walking in honour of the other people who are walking the Camino, as well as those who have travelled the Camino before.

In fact, while you walk the Camino you collect stamps in a special passport called the Credencial del Peregrino, as proof that you have walked the distance necessary to obtain your official Compostela or Certificate at the Pilgrims Office in Santiago. With this certificate, you are written into the history book of the Camino and join the millions of pilgrims who have made this special journey.

When is it best for you to walk the Camino?

Like Kenney, many people make their first trip to the Camino after a life-changing experience. Some make the journey after losing someone close to them and are lost about how to carry on. Walking the Camino is a way to honour their loved one.

But the journey can also be a way to celebrate a special occasion or anniversary.

For women, a milestone like turning 50 means their children are finished school and now it’s time for them to do something for themselves. Since the Divine Destination Collection takes care of all the arrangements, they can really focus on what they want to get out of the journey.

But no matter the reason, people just seem to know when they are ready to take the journey, says Kenney.

A barefoot journey

Not only does Kenney love to walk the Camino, but she also loves to walk it barefoot!

“Some people call me the crazy barefoot lady, but I’ve always loved to walk barefoot.” she says. “It makes me feel stronger, and more aligned.

“I especially like to walk barefoot on the forest floor. It’s the perfect moment to reconnect with nature. It’s a powerful experience”

While the Divine Destination Collection group won’t be required to take off their shoes, Kenney will walk some of the way barefoot, and help train those who want to try a portion of the Camino barefoot.

“It starts with walking barefoot around the house and doing things outside like gardening while barefoot. It’s important to strengthen your ankles,” she says.

But whether they walk barefoot or not, Kenney guarantees the group is going to have fun.
“They are going to experience something special and be part of a story that has been passed on.”

To learn more about Sue Kenney and her adventures on the Camino, you can visit her website at www.suekenney.ca

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Become a Divine Influencer

Become a Divine Influencer

Become a Divine Influencer

Have you travelled with us before, or are thinking about a trip with us? Become an Influencer and be rewarded with a great discount on your next trip!

Are you a fan of the Divine Destination Collection? If you love to travel and appreciate a carefully curated, life-changing experience that combines luxury, adventure and spirituality – we have an offer you can’t refuse!

Become a Divine Destination Collection Influencer and receive a reward for every person you refer to us who books a trip. You’ll receive 5% of the cost of their trip, or even an all-expense paid trip (excluding airfare) by referring groups of 12 or more.

It’s our way of saying thanks for being a fan and for introducing us to your network of like-minded traveller friends and relatives. Since we offer a highly specialized, exclusive travel adventure, word of mouth from our fans is the best way to get the word out about what we offer.

All you need to do is let your friends, family, and colleagues know their dream travel experience awaits. We take care of all the arrangements, plus offer an exciting itinerary that they will find nowhere else. Our goal is to surpass their expectations for luxury and comfort while giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the magic and wonder that comes from exploring the spirituality of different cultures, landscapes, and ways of life.

If you are joining us on an upcoming trip to El Camino, Spain or Scotland, why not invite some special people to join you, or let them know about the other fascinating adventures we offer, such Bali and Peru.

It’s easy to take advantage of these amazing rewards!

As an Influencer, we’ll keep you informed about all our latest adventures through our monthly newsletter. Share this information with others you know will appreciate these one-of-a-kind trips and direct them to this special page to learn more about us. Make sure they add your name as the referral, and if they decide to sign up for an upcoming adventure you receive 5% of the value of the per person trip cost (before airfare and HST taxes), paid in full to you personally upon completion of their trip. This applies for each individual person booked and travelled. Your reward can be paid out in cash or banked for use on future Divine Destination Collection trips.

Introduce a group of 12 or more people to the Divine Destination Collection, and if they book a group trip you receive a complimentary trip on us, airfare excluded!

A group trip is a great idea for a college reunion, milestone anniversary, or any other important celebration. It’s also a wonderful way to get friends together who love to travel.

If you would like to organize a cocktail party or other event to introduce a trip to your group, let us know. We can supply you with brochures and a video presentation. If it is feasible, Divine Destination Collection co-founders Deb Niven and Allison Frame can also attend to give a customized presentation and answer questions.

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Simply share this page with interested travellers to invite them to learn more about us. Make sure they add your name as the referral, and if they end up booking a trip you receive your Influencer reward.

If you have any questions about becoming an Influencer, please email Allison at Allison@divinedestinationcollection. And make sure you keep visiting our website to learn more about our upcoming adventures.

Remember – if you know anyone you think would love to travel with us, simply share this page with them so they can learn more about us. If they book a trip, you’ll earn 5% of the cost of their trip, or an expense-paid trip (airfare excluded) for groups of 12 or more.

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