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history • 10 days, 9 nights

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.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of this trip is per person 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 (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,475. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

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 on your own. 

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 trip at comfortable local hotels 
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Edinburgh, Scotland, including airport transfers.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader, driver, porters, etc.,
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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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