Old brick bridge over the river at Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Scottish Ancestry Tour: Tracing the Family Heritage

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Isle of Skye, Isle of Lewis & Harris, Edinburgh

Suggested Duration

10 Days

Family comes first on this 10-day Scottish ancestry tour, tracing the historic footsteps of your family heritage. Step beyond into the land of oral history and legend, where you clan name was your lifeblood. This custom tailored trip will take you to witness battlefields, grand castles, island life, and ancestral mythology. Traverse the magnificent landscape of Scotland and find the wonders that shaped your genealogical past. From ancient stones to Roman ruins, heritage archives to friendly local...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the unique collection of Scottish heritage at the Scottish Genealogy Society
  • Witness the memorable ancient ruins known as the Callanish Standing Stones 
  • Explore the famous Scottish Highlands, known for its intense and magnificent landscape
  • Discover remarkable castles bordered by ethereal scenery
  • Scour the historic archives at a number of visitor heritage centers
  • Uncover the history of your family and clan, along with distant relatives connected by ancient alliance
  • Wander the famous battleground at Culloden Battlefield

Detailed Description

The culture of Scotland has been shaped by its history: amassed in both the city and collected from the country at large, in Edinburgh. When you arrive, your Scottish ancestry tour of tracing the family heritage begins. Spend a full day exploring the city to witness its famous sites, from castles to cathedrals. You will also spend time at the Scottish Genealogy Society, which will help you trace your family name back to a specific clan. There were many clans that lived in the Scottish Highlands; after you connect your surname with your ancestry, you venture out into the Highlands, in this particular instance, in search of Clan Macleod.

On your way to Inverness, you take your time at Culloden Battleground. The grounds are filled with markers that commemorate the many clans that fought and lost members during the 18th-century skirmish. In Inverness, you can visit the Museum and Art Gallery, which provides you with insight into the Highlander mentality. Travel south to visit the Highland Folk Museum where the imaginative images of Highland civilization come to life through the stories that traveled in and out of the country. Explore the splendor of Eilean Donan Castle, a stronghold set within the breathtaking scenery.

On the Isle of Skye, you will find a deeper connection to the Macleod clan and the isle itself. Discover the Bloody Stone in Glen Sligachan and the Eros Experience at the fringe of the island’s capital of Portree. Meander through the old seat of Macleod power at Dunvegan Castle, home to the fabled Fairy Flag. Before reaching the Isle of Lewis and Harris, you can see a traditional Colbost Croft home. Once on the new island you can traverse the tremendous landscape and see the family connection.

Wander the Seallam Visitor Centre in search of a more recent history and familial connections and make your way to Rodel to visit the 16th century Church of St. Clements. Later you will arrive in Stornoway, the capital city of the island. Outside of the city you will come to the ancient marvel, the Callanish Standing Stones. The 5,000-year-old historic site connects forgotten culture to remembered landscape. Continue onward to the Ness Heritage Centre to scour the local archives and records.

Take a moment and reach out to local relatives that have always been separated by distance. Extend your stay to connect with family and hear stories that harken back to the beginnings of the clan. Your return to Edinburgh can wait. Upon your return to the capital city, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure. Your private transfer will meet you at the hotel to escort you to the airport on your final day in the city. You have traversed the Highlands and listened to legend to find your treasured heritage and it was well worth it.

For more vacation planning ideas, visit the tours of Scotland page.

Starting Price

$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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