Beyond The Tartan

This musical tour has it all when it comes to exploring Scotland! You begin the 11 day tour in the capital city- Edinburgh. For the first four days you are shown around by a true local, one of our fantastic tour guides. You’ll experience historic must-see tourist sites, such as Edinburgh Castle, Old Town and Grassmarket to name a few, but you’ll also get to see how modern Scottish people enjoy themselves with cultural events, music and meals peppered around the city.

On Day 5 we head north into the highlands, where your mental image of our beautiful country will be challenged and expanded with every kilometre travelled. We’ll see castles, mountains, glens, monuments, sheep (lots of sheep), rivers, lochs and the sea- all on our first day out of Edinburgh!

Over the course of the days to follow your cameras and phones will be filled with beautiful photographs of the Highland and Island landscape, local flora and fauna, and with luck some of the magic you experience as well. We’ll take you to historic sites and sites of folktales, but don’t worry about having your schedule too full as you will also be given plenty of time to explore on your own throughout our journey together.

You’ll hear Scottish music, taste traditional food and, of course, hear traditional stories from our talented and friendly tour guides. Come along and explore our country with like-minded people on a tour that is sure to expand your horizons to an unforgettable musical score.

Tour Information

Here’s what to expect from our Beyond The Tartan tour, including a cost breakdown and example itinerary. If you would like more information about this tour, please feel free to get in touch.

2024 Rates

  • $3,100 per person for double occupancy
  • $3,600 per person for single occupancy

2025 Rates

  • $3,400 per person for double occupancy
  • $3,900 per person for single occupancy
  • 11 day tour
    • *Please note the first day, your Arrival Day, has no official events and is an opportunity for you to settle in before events start the following day. Accommodation is still included this night.
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • Breakfasts every morning
  • Three group meals
  • Ferries during the tour
  • Entrance fees to all activities, events, sites and landmarks during the tour
  • Live music sessions
  • Group transport to the airport on the last day of the tour- your Departure Day
  • Flights
  • Transport from the airport upon arrival
  • Lunches and all non-group dinners

*Please note the sites & activities listed are not exhaustive. Each tour is unique and is dependent on many variables. Finalised itineraries will be sent to you prior to departure

Day 1 – Arrival

  • Check into accommodation
  • Comedy club 
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2 – Edinburgh

  • Old town walking tour
  • Group dinner
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Whisky tasting

Day 3 – Edinburgh

  • Calton Hill
  • Group dinner
  • Newtown walking tour
  • Folk club concert

Day 4 – Edinburgh

  • Free day!
  • Optional hike up Arthur’s Seat

Day 5 – Journey North

  • Check out
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Doune Castle
  • Glencoe
  • Skye ferry
  • Concert in Plockton
  • Check into accommodation

Day 6 – Isle of Skye

  • Cuillin mountains
  • Fairy pools
  • Portree
  • Old Man of Storr
  • Quiraing
  • Fairy Glen

Day 7 – Isle of Raasay

  • Ferry to Raasay
  • Brochel Castle
  • Whisky distillery tour
  • Hiking/walking trails
  • Dinner & concert at Lodge

Day 8 – Journey to Inverness

  • Check out
  • Glenelg Brochs
  •  Eilean Donan Castle
  • Achnasheen Road
  • Check into accommodation

Day 9 – Loch Ness

  • Village of Fort Augustus
  • Lots of Loch Ness photo stops
  • Partial free day!

Day 10 –  Journey to Stirling

  • Check out
  • Clava Cairns
  • Pitlochry
  • Culloden battlefield
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner and barn concert!

Day 11 – Departure day

  • Check out
  • Group transfer to Edinburgh International Airport
  • Jason Wilber: May 7th – 17th (SOLD OUT!)
  • Jackson Grimm: May 21st – 31st
  • Ordinary Elephant: June 6th – 16th (SOLD OUT!)
  • Caroline Cotter: July 16th – 26th
  • David Roth: September 2nd – 12th (SOLD OUT!)
  • John Smith: September 10th – 20th (SOLD OUT!)
  • Katie Dahl: September 14th – 24th
  • Stephen Fearing: October 7th – 17th
  • Harmonious Wail: April 8th – 18th
  • Stephen Fearing: May 8th – 18th
  • Tret Fure: June 10th – 20th
  • Kate Campbell: June 18th – 28th
  • Dana Cooper: June 29th – July 9th
  • Dan Sebranek: July 7th – 17th
  • Barb Bowers: July 17th – 27th
  • Peggy Johnson: July 29th – August 8th
  • Jackson Grimm: September 14th – 24th
  • Patrice Pike: September 20th – 30th
  • Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets: September 23rd – October 3rd
  • Brian Kalinec: October 5th – 15th

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