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Scottish American Society

TRAVEL INFORMATION - tours, warnings, recent journeys of interest

[Please be aware, we do not necessarily endorse tours described here, only that we have checked and they appear to be legitimate.]

Ed Pearlman Trips to Scotland


Interested folks can join the email list at www.edpearlman.net/scotland and no doubt Ed will get back to them with more info.  People on the list will also get info next fall about our trips for 2018.  I look forward to hearing from anyone interested!  Just as a reminder, our walking leader works out of Stirling and has led walks throughout Scotland for 35 years, while I have served as the music columnist for Scottish Life magazine for more than 20 years and have performed, taught, distributed music of Scotland for 35 years (including 16 summers teaching at OSAS).



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





 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.