March 6th 2015

Mountainous splendors,  an ancient royal city and a landscape that once saw bloody battle - hiking in Scotland is surely an experience not to be missed. From Culloden Moor, scene of the merciless crushing of the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746 by English troops, to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, we are never far from history – or even pre-history. Let yourself be inspired by the beauty of the Cairngorm Mountains, tour a 740-year-old Highland castle and be inspired by the sparkling lochs. In Edinburgh, the city reveals some of its secrets before a climb up to Arthur’s Seat for unparalleled 360-degree views. Views over Edinburgh And for anyone delving into his or her ancestry for their Scottish roots, what better way to get a feel for their clan? The term ‘clan’ means family or children in Gaelic, but not everyone in the same clan was actually related to each other. The clan chiefs ruled the roost – and very often fought tooth and nail to retain their power over lands and livestock. After Culloden and the notorious Highland Clearances, the clan system was diluted and thousands of Scots left their homeland to seek a better life on the distant shores of the New World. Many clans can be traced back to a specific part of Scotland and our Walk is the perfect way to combine a ‘research’ vacation with a truly Scottish experience, discovering the hills and glens, castles and cairns on foot. And as for refreshment along the trail, by happy chance 2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink! Find out why Scotland is renowned for its unrivalled produce from Stornoway Black Pudding to Arbroath Smokies and of course the mysterious haggis! The unspoilt habitats and varied weather are perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and much more. Get a taster of our Walk in Scotland here. Photo credit: Paul Tomkins/Scottish Viewpoint

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