Scotland Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Ross Jennings
Photo Credit: Ross Jennings
Photo Credit: Ross Jennings
Photo Credit: Ross Jennings

Scotland: Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan

from $6,780 USD per person for 10 days, 9 nights
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  • 10 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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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 the Jacobite Room of Edinburgh Castle—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 88, and will be past 100 by the time of your visit! 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 cost of this trip is $6,780, based on double occupancy. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $1,475. Please contact us to request a single room.

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. 

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,475. After booking your trip, please request a single 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 Sunday, September 20, and depart anytime in the morning on Tuesday, September 29. 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 be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 4 to 6 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 inside Edinburgh Castle.
  • Transportation throughout the trip in a private coach.
  • The company of a local guide and Atlas Obscura representative 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.
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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