CUSTOM TOURS


A custom tour gives you the chance to custom build your own personalized independent tours or short breaks in Scotland

A custom tour gives you the chance to custom build your own personalized independent tours or short breaks in Scotland. If visiting Edinburgh why not also explore St. Andrews, visit a distillery in Perthshire or get a feel for the Scottish Highlands? Dally a while off the main routes and take in some local folklore. Tours can give you an overview of Scotland, or a particular area or topic.

Recent small group tours have included St. Andrews (golf, castle, cathedral, beaches, eateries, shops and all) and the enchanting villages of the East Neuk of Fife with their varied fishing harbours, crow-step gabled houses, pottery and art studios, the strategically important Stirling Castle and eerie Castle Campbell and distilleries such as Edradour, Bunnahabhainn and Bruichladdich. In the more distant past, tours have even included the Lake District, the Cotswolds and York.

These tours can be enhanced with off-the-beaten track visits including a Gardens Tour, organic farms and shops (e.g. the 'Pillars of Hercules'), early church sites and open air Christian places of worship, boat trips, low and high level walks, roped cliff walks, tours underground into tunnels and souterrains, blackhouse villages, trip to see Pictish stones, Iron Age brochs, tours of Fairy Pools and Fairie Glens, visits to places connected to literary, artistic and musical figures.

This is our opportunity to craft your Heritage Tour, History and Folklore Tour, Walking Tour, Arts & Crafts Tour, Shopping Tour, City Tour, Adventure Tour or Outdoors Tour to your requirements. We can also arrange cultural tours, including tours incorporating Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festival, Island and Highland festivals, family events, the Enchanted Wood in Highland Perthshire and experiences specific to an area at a particular time of year.

We recommend vegetarian/vegan/dietary options during your stay, if required.

Discover this lesser visited part of Scotland.


Glorious Aberdeenshire with its expansive wild and lonely mountain areas, stunning rugged coastline, farming life and whisky making with classic malts such as Glendronach and Glenglassaugh, world-class traditional music and storytelling, castles, craft and art. Unforgettable food and drink experiences. Try your tongue at some Doric and get to know some of the finest people around. Carefully crafted tour for you, 4 days recommended.

On this tour:

  • Visit to Elgin Cathedral in the morning, Glenfiddich distillery tour, lunch at the distillery, Drive through the Cabrach, once a place for illicit distilling, stay at Alford/Fyvie
  • Start with a visit to Fyvie Castle, (Sang/song: The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie)
  • Visit the Battlefield of Harlaw, near Inverurie (Sang: The Battle of Harlaw)
  • Kinkell Church, where the grave of the leader killed at Harlaw is still visible. Lunch: Chapel of Garioch
  • Maiden stone, (Sang: Maiden Stone)
  • Bennachie, walk up the Devil’s Trail, (Sang: Bennachie)
  • Whisky and sleep at the Pitoddrie House Hotel
  • Journey to Drum Castle, (Sang: Laird o Drum)
  • Visit Cullerlie Stone Circle - Reference: the Stone Age Scotland Story in Scots
  • Explore Dunottar Castle
  • Lunch at The But n Ben at Auchmithie - incredible local food, stunning setting
  • Visit St Vigeans and its Pictish Museum
  • Stay in Dundee


Kilmartin, Argyll and its surrounding area has a plethora of standing stones, stone circles, cup and ring marked rocks, ancient seats of power such as Dunadd, early seat of the Scots. The Island of Iona is a cradle of Celtic Christianity, and close to the cathedral-like columnar basalt that is Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa.

Follow the early Celtic peoples along elusively deep Loch Tay and by Glen Lyon into verdant and mysterious west Perthshire, visit Europe's oldest living tree and local source of spiritual renewal, end with a visit to the amazing painted ceilings of St. Marys Church at Grandtully and tranquil Dunkeld Cathedral at the confluence of the Rivers Tay and Braan.

This tour can be combined with a walk and a drink from one of the many sacred healing wells, plus visits to ancient Pictish sites. An immersive and reinvigorating experience!

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Following in the footsteps of the early Scots Leave Edinburgh at 8.30am for majestic Loch Lomond ; via Inveraray to lunch wholesome and tasty food at Kilmartin House. Visit the standing stones at Temple Wood and Dunadd Fort (with a footprint and a font that marks this early capital of the Scots). To Oban, and the ferry to the Isle of Mull; stay at the highly cherished Argyll Hotel on the Island of Iona or the homely Seaview Bed and breakfast.

A tour of Iona Abbey, the cradle of Celtic Christianity, followed by a leisurely half day boat trip to Staffa. Travel in the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott, and Mendelssohn to name but a few who were inspired by the island with its famous Fingal's Cave, and a panoply of puffins and seals. Stay second night on Mull or Iona. Leave Mull for glorious Loch Awe and Loch Tay; enter verdant and mysterious west Perthshire, search for the elusive Cave of Caerbannog; 'stay at the hideaway Fortingall Hotel.

Explore west Perthshire including visiting Europe's oldest living tree; find the evidence of the footsteps of the early Celtic Christians as they moved across this artery of Scotland, from Iona to Dunkeld. Visit Dunkeld Cathedral at the ancient pre-Christian confluence, and drink from one of the sacred healing wells around the old 'city'. Visit Meigle and Abernethy, ancient Pictish Christian sites.

Tour length: 4-5 days

For those whose whistle was whetted by Diane Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series (and Jacobite enthusiasts in general…).


For those whose whistle was whetted by Diane Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series (and Jacobite enthusiasts in general…). The tour explores locations important to the series including:

  • Culross (aka Cranesmuir), Falkland - where Frank and Clare stayed before exploring the highlands
  • Doune Castle (aka Castle Leoch)
  • the Newtonmore Folk Museum and Leoch village
  • Your tour investigates important Jacobite sites such as Glenfinnan - where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to rally the clans
  • Killiecrankie - where the Highland forces under Viscount Dundee defeated the redcoats, and Culloden – site of the final decisive battle between the Jacobites and the Hanoverians with its world class interpretative centre to gain a thorough appreciation of both sides of the conflict
  • You will trace the final steps of Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland: from the magical and mysterious Isle of Skye and the Prince’s Cave where he spent his final day on the island, to Arisaig near Lochaber where the Prince’s Cairn commemorates the spot where he departed for France
  • Learn about the Tories and the Whigs, the differences between Protestant Episcopalians and Presbyterians and how these differences shaped the world of the Jacobites and how they in turn shaped the world outside of Scotland
  • Suggested accommodation for this tour is Glengarry Castle Hotel and Arisaig House

Please enquire for further details.

Harks back to the age when people in 'society' did a grand tour of Europe, to further their education and broaden their horizons.


From corn dollies in Norfolk, to the vaults of York Minster, from punting on the Cam to wandering though Fountain's Abbey and Studley Royal, from the English folk scene to the cultural delights of contemporary Newcastle, a private custom built tour of the UK tour is broad ranging, a study in contrasts, and great fun.

A custom tour of the Scottish Borders and Northern England that has been done in various customized forms many times successfully includes a tour of Traquair House (and brewery) and the Borders Abbeys at Melrose and Dryburgh before settling for the night in Kelso. The following day head over the border itself into England at Berwick-Upon-Tweed (to see the complete Elizabethan city walls of Berwick). visit Holy Island, option of Bamburgh and onto Alnwick Castle (for Harry Potter fans). A night around Durham and its fantastic Norman cathedral, a study in permanence, before a journey via Robin Hood's Bay and the Yorkshire coast to Whitby.

Stay in and visit York with its minister, a masterpiece of various Gothic styles, the close winding streets of the 'Shambles' and city walls. Head via Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the Lake District for an overnight stop. Visit Lanercost Priory and Hadrian's Wall, back over the Western Marches to see the 16th century 'Scots Dyke' and from Liddiesdale to solitary and frightening, Hermitage Castle. Back to Edinburgh the following day.

On this tour we pay special attention to the respective and comparative histories and folklores of Scotland and England, and how these relate to the story of Britain.