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Outlander - Inspired Tour for those whose whistle was whetted by Diane Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series (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 books and the ‘Outlander’ series on Starz.

Jacobite Tour based around OutlanderThe 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. 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.

Whisky and Walking Holidays in the sublime Cairngorm Mountains (Cairngorm National Park)

Whisky and Walking Holidays in the sublime Cairngorm Mountains

Using Callater House as a base is a very good quality and value option for peace, stunning mountainous countryside, for whisky and for walking. You can drive yourself, do walks yourselves, use a local guide (or do a private tour and be driven and guided) . Click here for more details.

Jock Shaw - Guide and 'Keeper of the Quaich'

Whisky Tour ScotlandJock was awarded 'Keeper of the Quaich' for his own contribution to Scotch Whisky at Blair Castle.. Jock who is a professional whisky expert in the Netherlands, and brand ambassador for over twenty malt whiskies, can be available with prior notice for Serenity Scotland private whisky tours.

Jock has a whisky blog . Jock's blog is mostly in Dutch but he is a great raconteur in both Dutch and English and I recommend Jock's site: Scotch and Folk. Jock is an entertaining and informative tour guide. and can be booked for whisky tours of Scotland by contacting Serenity Scotland.



Lyon's Tale - Tom Beels

Glen Lyon ToursI moved from the north of England to Scotland in 1991 and began working in conservation learning useful practical skills and generally enjoying the great outdoors. In 1995 I was just finishing my first qualification at the Scottish School of Forestry when a twist of fate led me to a years forest conservation work in Glenlyon: famously Scotland’s longest, loneliest and loveliest glen.

I had a strange feeling in my first week in Glenlyon, a sense that I would be here for quite a while. 18 years later I am still here and glad to be so. I’ve planted native woodlands, made footpaths and learned about this glen. The kind of work I do in the glen has allowed me to get to know some parts of it well and in so doing I have found much that remains from past generations and earlier times. This, allied with a curious mind has allowed me to begin gaining the insights and wider perspectives needed to view and explain the wild nature of Glenlyon and its truly rich history.

The flow of time is the frame through which history is always viewed and Glenlyon’s constantly changing woodlands and wilderness are a perfect medium for exploring this. Today a seemingly quiet and pastoral place the glen has a very well recorded past that reflects many aspects of the human experience. Within its mountainous confines Neolithic people quarried, saints healed, highland clans fought bloody battles and maidens in upland sheilings milked their cattle and sang their haunting songs.

Writing and learning about the glen I have come to see how today’s wilderness is shaped as much by the actions of these earlier inhabitants as it was by the glaciations of the ice age. As my understanding increases, walking with friends sometimes becomes an altogether more diverse and rich experience. Positive feedback and my own desire to keep learning have led to my founding The Lyon’s Tale to offer a variety of guided interpretive walks in this most enchanting of highland glens.

Celticos - Guided Walk & Ride Tours in Wales

There’s more to North Wales than just mountains. The guided tours provide an excellent opportunity to witness the hidden treasures of the area, an insight into the ‘living culture’ and a Foraging Toursvaried interesting historical past. Your guide for the day will be local, knowledgeable and hopefully he or she will be able to make the day the most interesting and enjoyable experience of your stay in the area. We highly recommend that you participate in one of our tour/walks at the start of your holiday as the knowledge and information you will gain from our guides will give you the confidence to become a more independent traveller for the rest of your stay. Some of the ‘Walk & Ride’ tours have a specific theme or subject while others are a combination of interesting venues which you will be able to visit during the day. The specific area of the tour is stated in the introduction section of every individual tour. These tours are an ideal opportunity to spend a day in the fresh air enjoying the dramatic scenery, wildlife and hidden treasures of the area.

Celticos - Guided Walk & Ride Tours in Wales Celticos Ltd tel. (0044)1248 671234, mob. (0044)7920773823

Brave

Brave Director and Tour GuideIain worked on Brave over two years as Pixar's tour operator and guide. He helped with the initial research with two private guided tours in Edinburgh and in the HIghlands of Scotland, and introduced the Pixar team to locations on which the animation was based, arranged specialists along the way such as an expert in heavy horses (the inspiration for Angus) , and got together with some Loch Tay-side friends to give Pixar the experience of a kitchen-style ceilidh (in a pub) and some local characters. Together Iain and many of the team swam in the Atlantic at dawn, swam in lochs and one crew member even joined Iain for an early morning swim through the mist to an Iron Age Crannog on Loch Awe! Brave Director Tour Guide and Driver In June 2012 Iain attended the premiere of the movie itself, and met up with a number of the people with whom he had toured including the producer, Katherine Sarafian, the two directors, Brenda Chapman (also the writer pictured above) and Mark Andrews (pictured to the left) and Bob Costello, the driver. Pixar requested two custom tours and that is what Serenity Scotland provided, and a great time was had by one and all. Iain toured once more with Brenda and her daughter in July 2012 when they did a custom tour to Fife and Perthshire.

21Seven Recording

21Seven Recording - Edinburgh, Scotland If you feel inspired and fancy a spot of recording while you are in Edinburgh I recommend my friend Andrea Meneghini's 21seven.co.uk recording studio. Andrea combines an open, affordable and personable approach, and will work on your behalf to perfection.

Scotland tour at its best

Phil Latham

The inspiration for Phil's artwork originates from the Perthshire environment in which he lives, its energy, power and spirituality.

Phil Latham ArtistPhil creates artworks in a variety of media such as drawing, painting, collage, sculpture using collected and recycled materials. Visit Phil's website here.


cottages scotland

Glen Etive Highland Tour










A good resource for self-catering in Scotland is: Cottages Scotland. The TravelScotland website offers an exciting range of holiday cottages all over Scotland.

Guided Tour Scotland - self-catering

Serenity Scotland planned a tour for a couple which included the experience of watching porpoise, dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks on a boat trip to the Garvellach Islands with Sealife Adventures, near Oban, Argyll, Scotland.

Fantastic wildlife cruises on the West Coast

I recommend Craignish Cruises, based at Ardfern by Lochgilphead. Craignish Cruises have a new purpose built Private Tours including the Garvellach Islandscatamaran to take you to the Gulf of Corryvreckan, the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool (towards which George Orwell rowed a boat and nearly killed himself in so doing). Craignish also sail the Sound of Jura, and the Firth of Lorn.

Bizipoza Tours in the Basque Country

Bermeo - Basque Country Tour

Experience your own private tour with Phil Miller, a Scotsman living in the Basque country these past ten years. Phil’s knowledge of the Basque country is both profound and extensive and you can be sure that he will introduce you to the authentic Basque experience. This land is home to Europe’s oldest culture and most obscure language, Euskera. The Basque country offers a unique mix of wild mountain scenery, art treasures, curious musical traditions and exceptional food and wine.

Phil is a former research scientist with a Ph.D. in mycology, who has lived in Euskal Herria since 1998. He is an inveterate traveller and experienced mountaineer with a broad knowledge of Euskal Herria, (The Basque Country) its mountains, traditions and folklore. His experience and knowledge of Euskal Herria is both profound and broad and he would like to share it with you. These are tours that will enable you to hit the ground running and extract the maximum from this extraordinary country.

To discuss your trip with Phil, email: iain@serenityscotland.co.uk

Tobar an Dulchais

Oral Folklore ArchiveTobar an Dulchais (Kist o' Riches) website contains thousands of oral recordings recorded in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information. See Tobar an Dualchais.