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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."

Hiking in the Highlands of Scotland
Hiking the Scottish Highlands - 7 Days

Live a hiker's dream with a one-week adventure in Cairngorms National Park—the largest protected area in the UK. Throughout this excursion into the unspoiled Scottish wilds, you'll traverse the very same paths as Highlanders have through the ages. Beyond discovering hidden trails and hiking to viewpoints offering unforgettable panoramic views, you'll enjoy the country's other highlights. These include tours of Edinburgh, boat rides on Loch Ness, a trip to Trossachs National Park, and more.

Pembroke Castle
Welsh History & Culture - 7 Days

History buffs will love this weeklong tour of Wales! The itinerary takes you to Pembrokeshire and Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, a Welshman who became the King of England in 1509. Learn about Tudor history and the complex relationship between Wales and England as you tour the region and its many castles, museums, and monuments, including those relocated to the grounds of the famed St. Fagans National Museum. There's time for outdoor adventure, too — the journey includes hiking along scenic coastal paths and the option to mountain bike or canoe in beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Three Choirs Vineyard in Wales
Outdoor Adventures & Gourmet Experiences in Wales - 9 Days

If you love wild natural landscapes and handcrafted spirits, this 9-day tour of Wales is for you. Offering a mix of outdoor adventures and gourmet experiences, the itinerary begins in the picturesque Welsh Borders. Sample beer at a historic brewery before moving on to the medieval castles and mountain scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Dine on foraged foods and freshly caught fish before following the rugged west coast to Pembrokeshire, a jewel by the sea. End with a scenic drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, toasting your adventure with a visit to a whiskey distillery or a biodynamic winery to finish the trip.

London's iconic Tower Bridge
Family Fun in England: Wizards & Castles - 10 Days

Take the family on a magical 10-day adventure around England's capital. It includes all the highlights, from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. And the thread that ties the whole journey together is an imaginative tale of a boy wizard. This trip includes many "Harry Potter"-themed activities, such as musical productions, soundstage tours, and visiting actual filming locations.

Brightly painted houses in the seaside town of Cobh.
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Galway & Belfast - 14 Days

Get ready to immerse yourself in Irish culture, history, and landscape with this two-week, self-drive adventure. Starting in Dublin, you'll head south to explore highlights like the Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry, and Killarney National Park. Continue up the wild west coast to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and make a quick detour to the windswept Aran Islands. Revel in the culture and traditional music of Doolin, Westport, and Galway before crossing into Northern Ireland, where you'll discover the otherworldly geology of the Giant's Causeway and end your journey in the bustling streets of Belfast.

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

This seven-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.

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.