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Music & ceilidhs

https://unicorntours.co.uk/special_interests/music-ceilidhs/

Edinburgh international festival

https://www.eif.co.uk/

Edinburgh festival fringe

https://www.edfringe.com/

Edinburgh international book festival

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

Enchanted forest


Highland Games

Highland Games

Their roots go back to the 11th Century when these tests would help the clan chief choose the fittest fighters and toughest warriors.  The Games are also steeped in tradition. It’s thought they go as far back as Malcolm III’s reign in the 11th Century, which would explain the origins of some of the more unusual events. The equipment used echoes items that were part of everyday Scottish life centuries ago.

Originally stones from river beds were used for the shot putt, and the trunk of a tree had its branches removed for the caber toss. The trunk could be soaked in the local stream to make it even heavier. In the pitching the sheaf event, a bag of hay is thrown over a bar using a pitchfork. Today events have broadened to include running, cycling and Highland dancing competitions, as well as the sack race and haggis hurling

  • Celebrity appeal
  • It is this mix of serious sport and quirky informality that has made the games so popular. They attract celebrities like Billy Connolly, Robin Williams and Ewan McGregor.
  • The Royal Family attend the Braemar Gathering every year, following in Queen Victoria’s footsteps who boosted the Games’ popularity when she first attended Braemar in 1848. Tradition dictates the gathering is held on the first Saturday in September when the Queen performs Clan Chieftain duties and enjoys the spectacle.
  • Global games
  • Highland Games have exported well. Events have sprung up wherever Scots have put down roots. They have always been popular in North America, and continue in places as far flung as Iceland and Indonesia, and closer to home in France and Germany.
  • Some form of Highland Games has existed in Scotland for centuries, but today their enduring global appeal is down to tradition, entertainment and competition. For participants and fans they are welcoming events where everyone can come together and celebrate the best of Scotland.
  • A caber weighs weighs between 100lb-200lb (45-90kg) and is between 15-22ft long (4.5-6.7m)
  • This is a fun race open to everyone in the field wearing a kilt!
  • A competitor throws either a light weight of 28lb (12.7kg) or heavy weight of 56lb (25.4kg) from a specific spot without stepping over the ‘trig’

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland