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Going back to the Dark Ages, there are many people and languages, that merged into what we now call Scotland – the Picts in the north, the Britons (Cumbric) around Strathclyde and the South of Scotland, the Anglo-Saxons of Lothian & the Borders, the Gaels coming over from Ireland to Dalriada (Argyll & Kintyre) bringing with them their language and Celtic Christianity and later on the Vikings (the northern & western Isles were for a few hundred years part of Norway & the Viking world) plus the influence of Norman French, Latin & even some Flemish through North Sea trading.

Where ever you travel throughout Scotland many of the very descriptive place names (naming places by its surrounding features in nature) and everyday phrases still reveal this rich heritage.

On our tours to the Highlands and the Hebrides, we will come across the beautiful Gaelic language (and for example pass the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic college http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/ , you can visit the National MOD Gaelic music & culture festival https://www.ancomunn.co.uk/ or start teaching yourself online some key Gaelic words.

Speaking our language – Gaelic – course on youtube

Learn Gaelic facebook link

National library of Scotland map with a list of common Gaelic placenames

In the lowlands and especially in Ayrshire on our visits to the Robert Burns (the most famous author in Scots) birthplace museum https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/robert-burns-birthplace-museum we will learn some Scots phrases.

On our tours of the Northern Isles, Shetland, Orkney as well in Caithness and throughout the North of Scotland we will touch on some Norn and Old Norse words.

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