Traveling and Exploring Your Scottish Roots in Scotland

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Do you have a pipe-playing, kilt-wearing Scot in your background? Have you wanted to see the land, taste the food, and uncover traces of your Scottish ancestors? Join me as we search for our Scottish roots, beginning at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, moving on to the Highlands Archive Center in Inverness and finishing at the Scotlands People Center in East Ayreshire. Along the way we'll eat local foods such as haggis, neeps and tatties, cullen skink, Scottish porridge, and of course, Scotch Whisky. We're including a customized talk and tour given by a Scottish genealogy specialist who will research our Scottish surnames in advance. (You'll need to give me a list of the names you wish researched.) We'll travel by rail in between destinations to enjoy the scenery in comfort and style. 💰 Price includes: - Nine (9) nights of accommodation (double occupancy) - Second class train passage throughout trip (First class available for additional fee) - All breakfasts - Entry fees for tours - Entry fees for boat cruises - Entry fees for record center access (Airfare to/from Scotland and airport transfers are not included) Price is based on double occupancy. Single accommodation can be arranged for an additional fee. I believe each person has gifts to offer the global community, no matter their race, religion, culture, or sexuality. Join my trip! About me: My name is Carolyn and I love talking with locals to learn where they eat and where they go in their hometowns.
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Day 1-4
Four days/four nights in Edinburgh: August 14 - August 17, 2023 Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh, check into accommodations, then Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh. Lunch on your own. Day 2: Visit National Records of Scotland and an exclusive tour with Scottish genealogy specialist. Lunch and dinner on your own. Day 3: Explore Edinburgh Old Town, New Town, whiskey tasting and evening pub crawl. (Fees not included.) Day 4: Check out of accommodation. Early morning departure by train from Edinburgh to Inverness.


Day 4-7
Three days/two nights in Inverness: August 17 - August 20, 2023 Day 4 (cont): Arrive in Inverness late afternoon, check in to accommodation. Refresh and then meet for a group outing to explore Inverness New Town. Day 5: Morning at Highland Archive Center, afternoon on your own to explore Old and New Towns, churches, local museums, and graveyards. Lunch and dinner on your own. Day 6: Morning departure to Loch Ness and tour of Urquhart Castle. (Fee covered.) Lunch and dinner on your own. Day 7: Check out of accommodation. Morning departure by train to Inverness.


Day 7-10
Three days, three nights in Glasgow: August 21 - August 23, 2023 Day 7 (cont): Arrive in Glasgow in afternoon, check into accommodation. Afternoon group activity taking Hop-on-Hop-Off bus. The tour bus will include stops at such sites as Mitchell Library’s Family History center, Glasgow Cathedral, George Square, Kevlingrove Art Gallery, and Necropolis (cemetery). Lunch and dinner on your own. Day 8: Morning departure by train to Kilmarnock for visit to ScotlandsPeople Family Research and Burns Monument, lunch on your own, followed by afternoon travel by train to view local sights within Ayrshire. Return to accommodation in Glasgow. Day 9: Day on your own to sightsee in Glasgow or explore more of majestic Ayrshire. The sky’s the limit for whisky tasting, horseback riding, boating, golfing, spa treatments, or pub crawling. We can make reservations for you in advance from a list we will provide you after you reserve your place with us (additional event fees on your own). Day 10: Check out of accommodation, take private airport transfers (fees not covered) to Glasgow’s Preswick International Airport for return flights.
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