Scotland: Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan - September 22, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Ross Jennings
Photo Credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam
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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  • Max Group Size: 10 Few spots left!
  • Moderate
  • Overland Adventure

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. Over a 10-day journey, we’ll learn about the history of the House of Stuart and their fervent supporters, the Jacobites, through their uprising and ultimate destruction at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 (which led to an executive ban on wearing tartan).

  • Following the “Tartan Trail” of Scottish Clans
  • Castle festivities
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Stately accommodations


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 mothers’ Lowland clan, Clan Baird!

Additional Info

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.

Arrival & Departure

For travel to and from Edinburgh, we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, and depart anytime in the morning on October 1. We recommend arriving a few days early if you'd like more time to explore Edinburgh and adjust to jet lag. We're happy to help arrange extra nights and suggest additional activities.

Dates and Prices

Sep 22–Oct 01, 2019
Shared Room
$6,780 USD per person
Single Room
$8,255 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $6,780. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $6,280 will be due by June 24, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $1,475 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • 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.
  • 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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