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Tours, warnings, recent journeys of interest.
[Please be aware, we do not necessarily endorse tours or lodgings described here, only that we have checked and they appear to be legitimate.]


Make 2018 the year you visit your ancestral homeland as The Clan Home Association is holding its 2018 Gathering.
The main Gathering dates have been set for the weekend of 11th and 12th of August with events also during the preceding week and at the start of the following week. Lots of events, based around Wedderburn, Hume and Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, have been planned.
Membership of the Clan Home Association is 10 (sterling)
For full details of the Gathering and of the possibilities of staying at Wedderburn Castle, please visit the Gathering page on our website

We hope to see you there!


These tours accommodate 7 people plus two guides, one a Scottish expert with 35 years experience leading walking tours throughout Scotland, and myself, with 35 years experience playing, teaching and writing about the music. Our Orkney/Shetland/Aberdeenshire tour is full this year, but the others have some spaces!

There are 2 spaces open on our Gow trip to the Highlands and Skye -- beautiful walks in Glencoe area, Glenfinnan, Skye, Loch Ness, Inverness, Cairngorms, Dunkeld, and amazing musicians including Gaelic singer Gillebride Macmillan, fiddler Gordon Gunn, fiddler Bruce MacGregor (at his new MacGregor's Bar!), and more, plus a chance to hear me play Niel Gow's fiddle for our small group, at Blair Castle. More musicians to be confirmed! In the past we've also had visits from NPRs Fiona Ritchie, Gaelic singer Arthur Cormack, 86 year-old master Highland fiddler Angus Grant, pipers Finn and Hamish Moore, and others.

There are 2 spaces open in our new "Burns & Borders" walking and music tour which starts in Edinburgh and visits the Borders, including beautiful sites, and some of the great musicians who live in that area -- border pipers, harpers, fiddlers (including a chance to hear Robert Burns's fiddle played), singers and more.

Finally, there's 1 space still available in our tour of the Outer Hebrides, starting with Barra and heading all the way up to Lewis where we'll see the standing stones and the Hebridean Celtic Festival (I'll even be performing there at one point, with Neil and Lilly!). Beautiful beaches, hills, vistas, and history.

Those who are interested are invited to visit www.edpearlman.net/scotland to sign up for the email list,


Brightwater Holidays

Brightwater Holidays are specialists in escorted Garden Tours at home within the British Isles and on to the wider horticultural world of continental Europe and exotic faraway lands. We also have a growing portfolio of interesting Archaeological and Historic holidays throughout the ancient world, and a collection of Scottish holidays second to none. All tours are well planned and well-paced escorted throughout by the best guides in their field.

For more information:
mail: info@brightwaterholidays.com
UK: 01334 897906
US Toll free: +1 800 782 0295
US Local: 1(844) 547-3415


Interested in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland? Good place to pursue the history of Robert Burns. Check out the historic Cally Lodges situated in Dumfries & Galloway. Available as holiday cottages they are surrounded with beautiful landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and an area steeped in history. They are also situated in a designated Dark Sky area, perfect for the amateur astronomer, whilst if you are a keen photographer or walker, wildlife and stunning landscapes are all around you. To learn more can visit: www.callylodges.com.


Greetings from Scotland.
I manage a collection of six hotels in Scotland. Should any of your members be planning to visit Scotland I will be more than happy to provide discounted rates across our unique Scottish hotel collection. Our hotels are independently managed and Scottish owned, offering something for all tastes and budgets.

We can offer 15% off our rates when a unique promotional code is applied at the time of booking on our websites and also include a complimentary bottle of Prosecco within the bedroom for arrival, subject to availability. Our hotels are listed individually on my signature below but you can view our Edinburgh collection at www.CentralEdinburghHotels.co.uk

I have attached details on how to apply this discount with unique promotional code on the attached PDFs. Please feel free to share this with any of your members.

If I can provide any more information please don’t hesitate to get back in touch and I’ll be happy to help.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Kindest Regards,


Craig Brodie | Hotels Sales Manager

Hotel Sales Office - G1 Group Hotel Division
c/o The Scotsman Hotel | 20 North Bridge | Edinburgh EH1 1TR
T:0131 622 2904 | E: craigbrodie@g1group.co.uk

Our hotel collection:
The Inn on the Mile Royal Mile, Edinburgh
The Scotsman Hotel North Bridge, Edinburgh
Grassmarket Hotel Grassmarket, Edinburgh
STAY Central Cowgate, Edinburgh
Murrayfield Hotel and House Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Palm Court Hotel Seafield, Aberdeen

Book direct for the best rates...


Self-catering accommodations in Scotland

In case some of your members might be interested in our accommodation in Montrose, Angus. We are 16 miles from the Angus Research Centre Forfar which archives the family roots and heritage of Angus folk for 800 years. It is a must for people searching for their roots in Tayside. 4 million people left Scotland to live in America during the last two centuries.
We offer two self catering properties in the town centre of Montrose. We are 2 hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports and one hour from Aberdeen airport. We are also on the main train line. The shops, two golf courses ,sandy beach , railway station are all 5 minutes walk away.
We have castles and mountain glens a short drive from the properties.
Please check out our website www.mallhouse.co.uk.
I hope this will be of interest
With regards from Margaret Balfour
Mall House

Always recommended by us for individual or tour arrangements:


7 Dalmahoy Crescent, Balerno EH14 7DF Scotland
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 449 9500 Fax: +44 (0) 131 449 9501


Tiny Tartan Tours
I own a small Scottish Touring company, Tiny Tartan Tours, providing bespoke guided tours of Scotland. Should your club or any individual members be interested in a tour of Scotland I would be very pleased to organize this for you, or to provide transport if you wish to do your own organization.

I can arrange as little or as much as you wish, from the itinerary to the accommodation, from picking you up at the airport to taking you back there again at the end of your vacation. I can suggest a Burns-themed tour for you, but would of course be happy to fit in with your own requirements. In other words, I could be at your disposal, to help in any way I can to make your stay in my country as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. I run luxury 16 seater Mercedes coaches.

If any of your members are interested in using my company please get in touch. We can discuss your requirements and I can give you an estimate of cost. Please have a look at my website - www.tinytartantours.com My telephone number is 0044 0131 2352145
Richard McKay - info@tinytartantours.com





 Crathie Opportunity Holidays www.crathieholidays.org.uk. has 4 self catering cottages which are for weekly or short break rental and are accessible to all but have special facilities for people with disabilities. The holiday cottages have been designed to be easily accessible and specialist equipment such as hoists, portable ramps, alarms and scooters are available to ensure visitors have all they need without facing the hassle and expense of transporting it. The COH ethos is that disabled people should not have to spend any more for a holiday than an able bodied person, so no charge is made for the extra equipment. Our cottages also featured on the Balmoral Castle website although we are completely independent of the Balmoral estate.



2015 marked the 25th Anniversary of the STIRLING GHOSTWALK – dramatic guided tours of the spooks and crannies of the foremost of Scotland’s historic Royal Burghs...and, since 2001, it’s newest City.

Starting at the Stirling Old Town Jail, the tour travels through the historic Valley Cemetery, featuring sites as Mar’s Wark, the Stirling Guildhall and Holy Rude Church – all in the shadow of stately Stirling Castle – with actors bringing to life colourful characters and stories from the rich folklore of the Castle Rock, the former favoured seat of the ruling House of Stewart.

Jack Rankin ‘the Happy Hangman’, the Hellfire and Brimstone preacher Blind Alick Lyon (reputed to have vanished on the Holy Rude kirkyard’s Ladies Hill, battling the devil) and the amorous merchant ‘Auld Staney Breeks’ have been delighting boys and ghouls of all ages for two decades.

Should any of your members be visiting Scotland or Stirling, this year, we’d be grateful if you could advise them that they will be guaranteed a 10% discount on our usual ticket price (6 for adults, 4 for children, students and seniors) on production of their membership card (or other accreditation) for your society. A 20-25% discount will be available for pre-booked group parties of ten persons or more.

For further details visit http://www.stirlingghostwalk.com/

Tours run from Tuesday-to-Saturday in the peak of the tourist season, in July and August, starting at 8.30pm – and at 8.00pm every Friday evening throughout the rest of the year.




My apartments in Glasgow may be of interest to any of your members considering visiting Glasgow or Scotland over the coming months. I have had many guests from the US over the last 8 years and particularly around the time of the World Pipe band Championships.


For more information, you may contact:

Alan Macdonald






Apartments for Rent in Edinburgh


We have a comfortable apartment available for short term holiday lets in Cockburn Street in the Old Town in the heart of Edinburgh, about 5 minutes from both the Castle and Princes Street, the main shopping street.  

( http://www.greatbase.co.uk/cockburn-street-apartment/index.html )


Should anyone be planning a trip to Edinburgh and be interested, further information is available from Katie Kerr, Greatbase at    http://www.greatbase.co.uk/


 and she has several other comfortable apartments for rent on the same website.


In the hope that this may be of interest, with many thanks,


Your sincerely,


Harriet Brennan

26 Hampton Park 

Bristol BS6 6LH 


43/3 Cockburn Street

Edinburgh EH1 1BS





Self catering holiday cottage holiday cottage rental located in a stunning setting on the Isle of Skye.  Owners are also in the process of building another beautiful house nearby. If this is of interest, contact them through the following web sites.




Self Catering Cottage Available for Rental

Isle of Skye


Currently there is available a self-catering holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye. With beautiful loch views, Keeper’s Cottage is located in the charming village of Skeabost Bridge, only six miles from Portree. Skeabost Bridge has a country house hotel, a golf course and the best salmon river on Skye.  We would be delighted to accommodate your members at our cottage and would like to draw their attention to our website www.keeperscottage-skye.co.uk


Kind regards, John and Wendy Cowpe.       


I am a genealogist, living in Ontario, with an expert in Scottish genealogy research. I offer 10 day trips to Scotland to allow people to access the records directly.  I take groups to the repositories in Edinburgh (Scotland's People Centre, The Scottish Genealogy Society, The National Library of Scotland) and in Glasgow (The Mitchell Library - the largest Library in Europe with one full floor dedicated to genealogy research and now a second floor which houses the Genealogy Centre - a repository with full access to all of the records). In addition, I arrange speakers to help those in the tour better understand their scottish research and scottish ancestry. Being from Scotland, I think it is really important for those of British Heritage to gain a greater understanding of who they are as a person. As such, I take the groups to The Scottish Expericence Dinner Show and arrange a full Scottish Banquet in a small country castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh for the final night. There is time for people to travel to the part of Scotland where their ancestors lived. This is not included in the tour price, but I will make all of the arrangements for the individuals as requested. Since travel is not from Ontario, I would suggest that interested participants register for the "Land Only" portion of the tour. 
 groups of 5 or more qualify for a $100 per person discount (this is in addition to the fundraiser donation per participant).

Christine Woodcock

Tour Facilitator

Genealogy Tours of Scotland *


Scottish Genealogy Holidays

Come to Scotland and find your family’s history. While you are here, discover your

ancestral heritage. Genealogy Tours of Scotland provides 10 day genealogy research

holidays at the archives in Scotland.

Your fees provide:

• 9 nights accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh

• 9 breakfasts

• 2 days of assisted research at Scotland’s People Centre in Edinburgh

(home of the GRO)

• 1 evening of assisted research at Scotland’s People Centre

• 2 days of research at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow (Europe’s largest library)

• 1 day of assisted research at the National Library in Edinburgh

• 1 day of assisted research at the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh

• Dinner at Dalhousie Castle

• An evening of Scottish food and entertainment at the Scottish Show in Edinburgh

• A free weekend to travel to the home of your ancestors

• Transportation to the research facilities and the evening events

Come to Scotland. Search your roots; discover your heritage. You’ll be glad you did.



Christine Woodcock

Tour Facilitator


Scottish Bank Note Warning

One of our members warns that if you are traveling on a mixed European itinerary with an early stop in Scotland or Northern Ireland and later plan to exchange UK pounds outside the UK, make sure you request Bank of England notes to start with.  Scottish notes may not be accepted outside of Scotland.