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Alex Rawson

My working life has been consumed with travel in the best possible way. I've come to realise that travelling - quite simply - not only makes people immensely happy but is also incredibly infectious and as such I have a desire to share this passion with friends, family and ultimately, the rest of the world.

I truly believe nowhere quite compares to the UK in its rich history, culture, natural beauty & thoughtfully prepared local cuisine. This is something I love to share with our clients when helping to curate their dream trip.

Routescape creates exceptional journeys across Great Britain and Ireland. We strive to provide an unmatched tailored service delivering an authentic luxury travel experience with a true sense of place. I look forward to creating your next adventure with you.

How did you get involved in travel?

"It may sound cliché to say that I grew up travelling; but moving from England to Hong Kong at the age of nine, that’s precisely what I did. My feet barely seemed to touch the ground: whether we were spending our vacations exploring the tropical paradises of South East Asia, speeding down the slopes of Whistler, or searching the African bush for the elusive Big 5, I was forever embracing new cultures and communities. In Hong Kong itself I thrived in a barrage of different sights, smells & sounds, with my classrooms resembling something along the lines of a United Nations assembly. I will forever count myself as incredibly lucky to have grown up in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. These seminal experiences inevitably drew me into a career in tourism, and after reading Geography & Tourism Management back home in the UK, I have spent the past decade of my life continuing to explore far flung corners of the globe. In search of authentic experiences, I have worked on a game reserve in South Africa, collected data on whalesharks in Mozambique & managed a watersports centre in both Honduras & Fiji. Despite all these exotic enterprises, I yearned once more for the beautiful British countryside. This coupled with my unwillingness to compromise on being close to the ocean led me back to the beautiful Pembrokeshire, and to find a home at Routescape."

Neist Point at Isle of Skye
Best of Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands - 7 Days

This six-day adventure combines Scotland's most memorable tourist destinations with a tour of the countryside in the magnificent Scottish highlands. You will start your trip off by exploring Edinburgh's galleries, castles, and pubs before heading to the spectacular castles in Inverness. You'll spend two nights in Portree where you'll visit castles and famous geological sites as well as tour the hiking routes before traveling to Glencoe which is home to spectacular scenery.

Explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands with your expert guide.
Scottish Highlands Adventure: Fully Guided - 7 Days

This private, fully-guided tour of the Scottish Highlands is designed especially for the adventurous at heart. Spend a week exploring the wild places, mountain ranges, and rugged coastlines of Scotland’s most spectacular regions. Hike around the famous Isle of Skye, sea kayak among seals in the Sound of Arisaig, and mountain bike in Cairngorms National Park. An expert guide will lead you while sharing their local knowledge. In the evenings, relax in boutique hotels, enjoying Scottish culinary delights and warm Highland hospitality.

Etive Mor waterfall, Glencoe.
Scottish Highlands Self-Drive Tour: Edinburgh, Inverness & Loch Ness - 8 Days

Discover the enchanting history and dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands with this 8-day self-drive itinerary. Starting in Edinburgh,  drive north to the rugged highlands, where you’ll explore ancient castles, visit important battle sites, sail Loch Ness, and ride the world’s most scenic railway.

Recent trip reviews for Alex

Judy

Kim-Kim evaluation · United Kingdom - Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2021

Traveler: Judy B. - Local specialist: Alex Rawson

Kate was wonderful. Having her a text or call away averted lots of averted frustration. The emergency number was appreciated, as well. I knew that no matter when it was, she knew I was traveling and was there to assist.

Have had great service from Greece, as well.

However, the young couple I have been working with on a trip to Europe in May for my family is not giving me much confidence. Their service doesn’t appear to be up to your standards. They have made it very plan that they are... read more

Kate was wonderful. Having her a text or call away averted lots of averted frustration. The emergency number was appreciated, as well. I knew that no matter when it was, she knew I was traveling and was there to assist.

Have had great service from Greece, as well.

However, the young couple I have been working with on a trip to Europe in May for my family is not giving me much confidence. Their service doesn’t appear to be up to your standards. They have made it very plan that they are unavailable on weekends and outside of regular weekdays working hours. I will be traveling over three weekends and trouble seems to always strike after 5.

They have a language barrier. I have lots of experience with English as a Second Language folks but I am struggling. I fear I am going to be on my own in Europe in three countries for almost a month with no safety net or the kind of backup and preparatory support Kate provided.

They are in Slovenia. I am going to France, Germany, and Prague. I only speak English and my arrogant American (I try not to be that way! Ask Kate.) ways expect service for the money I invest. I recognize their background in a different culture and hope that my years of teaching cross cultural awareness pay off when I travel. However, if their future business aspirations include service to Americans, they need to soften their touch a bit and plan ahead using their knowledge to benefit travelers who will benefit from that.

For example, they have not mentioned COVID. We will need tests before flying to Europe. More critically, we will need PCR tests in Prague before flying to Bordeaux where we will board a riverboat cruise which they are aware we are booked on. I have no confidence that they have even thought of that. Who knows.. It may not be required by then. However, the cruise line has already asked us to upload vaccine records and forewarned us about the COVID test requirement prior to boarding.