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).
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.
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.