custom tour Scotland

your personalised private tour and short breaks

Custom Private Tour 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 Cotwolds and York.

Private Tour of Scotland

These tours can be peppered 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, trips to see Pictish stones, Iron Age brochs, tours of Fairy Pools and Fairie Glens, visits to places connected to literary, artistic and musical figures

We can arrange many cultural tours and events including tours from Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as vegetarian food options.

 

jacobite Tour for those whose whistle was whetted by 'Outlander' (and Jacobite enthusiasts in general...)

Make a toast ‘to the wee mole’ and enter the world of the Jacobites as popularized by Diane Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series on Starz.

Outlander Tour Castle Scotland

The tour explores locations important to the series including Culross (aka Cranesmuir,) Falkland (aka Inverness) - where Frank and Clare stayed before Clare's fantastic journey into the highlands of 1743, Doune Castle (aka Castle Leoch), the Newtonmore Folk Museum ( a Mackenzie / Leoch village.

Also 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. Please enquire for further details. Tour length: 4-5 days....

DISCLAIMER: This tour is not an official ‘Outlander’ event and is not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly by Starz nor by Diana Gabaldon and her representatives.

 

grand tour of the UK

Durdledoor - UK Private Tour

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.

Hadrians Wall, Housesteads Tour

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.

Scotland tour at its best

footprints of the early Scots tour:

Guided Tour of Early Scotland

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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, Ardeonaig Hotel .

Day Four

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.

Celtic Tour, Celtic Heritage Tour, Mystery Tour, Medieval Tour...


Celtic Tour, Celtic Heritage Tour, Mystery Tour, Medieval Tour

Happy to announce our work with Soul of Scotland Tours for walking and driving tours in and around Edinburgh. These tours, led by Paul and Isolde James-Griffiths, have a pilgrimage / spiritual / religious focus. Contact iain@serenityscotland.co.uk to see how these tours can compliment Serenity Scotland custom tours.