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Scotland: Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan

Scotland
history • 10 days, 9 nights

Scotland: Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan

Scotland
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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $6,780 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Experience the best of the stunning Scottish Highlands on this unique and immersive adventure. We’ll take you behind the scenes of Scotland’s oldest and most revered kilt-makers. You’ll dine with the Earl of Cromartie, current chief of Clan Mackenzie. And you’ll dance to traditional Cèilidh tunes in Old Town Edinburgh—guided by a globe-trotting Scottish bagpiper. We call this original itinerary "Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan," as it is crafted around the history of tartan patterns and textiles, the quintessentially Scottish cultural icon associated with the country’s Highland Clans. We’ll learn about the history of the House of Stuart and their fervent supporters, the Jacobites, whose ultimate destruction at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 led to an executive ban on wearing tartan.

Highlights
  • Tracing “Tartan Trail” of Scottish Highland Clans
  • Castle festivities
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Stately accommodations

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Ross Jennings
Ross Jennings is a bagpipe-playing, Guiness World Record–holding adventurer with the goal of piping in every country on Earth. So far he’s ticked off over 100 countries! Originally from Scotland, Ross spent most his childhood moving around Asia. He speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and studied economics and Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. When he’s not off on a kilted adventure or leading trips around the world, he lives in Edinburgh. Despite being half-Irish and half-Scottish, he wears the ancient tartan of his mother's Lowland clan, Clan Baird.

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Pricing

The cost of this trip is $6,780, based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. (Not available in 2020.) 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,475. When booking, please select the single room package option.

Arrival & Departure

For travel to and from Edinburgh, we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1, and depart anytime in the morning on Day 10. We recommend arriving a few days early if you'd like more time to explore Edinburgh. We're happy to help arrange extra nights and suggest additional activities.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking four to six miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending much of our time outside and in rural areas, walking up and down stairs, and on dirt and cobblestone paths.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the tour as listed in the itinerary. 
  • Eight breakfasts, six lunches, and seven dinners—including a final banquet in Edinburgh's Old Town.
  • Transportation throughout the trip in a private coach.
  • The company of a local guide and driver throughout the trip, in addition to special guests all along the way.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, sites, and events—including a whiskey tasting, Scottish dancing lesson, behind-the-scenes workshop visit, and lots of bagpiping.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
Excluded
  • Flights or other transportation to and from Edinburgh, Scotland, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including two lunches, two dinners, and most alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a U.K. visa (not required for U.S. or E.U. citizens).
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Trip FAQ

By participating in this trip, you'll be supporting ancient Scottish kinship groups in their continued efforts to preserve their histories, homes, and traditions. In doing so, you'll help to maintain and highlight a portion of Scottish history that is sometimes overlooked. Tartan, as well as Scottish clan traditions, are integral to Scotland's past—and visits from the international traveler community keeps them alive. In addition, we've thoughtfully chosen our accommodations, independent tour guides, and restaurants to ensure that your trip fees are directly supporting local business owners, small businesses, and by extension, local economies.

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