Film and TV Locations
Scotland's scenery has made it one of the world's "go to" places for location filming.
Glencoe and Glen Etive were used in the James Bond film "Skyfall", whilst you only have to look at the top of the page for the locations used in "Outlander".
Dunottar Castle, used in Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" is a wonderful old ruin perched on the sea cliffs of Stonehaven, and we can actually get you on a "Harry Potter" steam train which crosses the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct on the way to Skye.
Rosslyn Chapel featured in "The Da Vinci Code", and Doune Castle will be familiar to fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - they'll even sell you coconut shells so that you can do your own horsey sound effects!
The Outlander Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire, visiting Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Falkland (Inverness) and Culross in Fife, then Black Jack Randall's fortress at Blackness Castle , and Lallybroch as well.
And that's just part of the story; locations throughout Scotland were used in the filming of this epic saga, and you will see many places which were used throughout the production.
Castles and Clans
OK, so what's your clan (or clans)? Let's track down their ancestral lands, and honour them by exploring how they really lived.
We can check out their castles (assuming they had any), and visit accurately reconstructed villages to experience their lifestyles.
We have a few (over 3000) castles in Scotland, ranging from Royal fortresses to sumptuous palaces, to wonderful but hugely atmospheric ruins, so there's a great chance that your family at some time had at least one castle to call their own!
All you have to do is give me your clan names, and we'll get cracking!
Archaeology and Ancient Monuments
My nation's history goes back over 9000 years, from when the earliest nomadic groups of hunter gatherers roamed our land.
Scotland has a colossal and fascinating archaeological background, with some amazing sights to see.
For example, we can visit the Clava Cairns near Inverness, a series of standing stones and burial cairns which are over 3000 years old.
There are literally thousands of sites throughout the highlands, from the Callanais Stones on the Isle of Harris, to the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae on the Orkney Isles.
On the west coast we have one of Europe's biggest collections of Stone and Bronze Age stones and burial cists in Kilmartin Glen, and just for good measure Dunadd hill, the ancient capital and coronation place of the Kings of Dal Riata, one of Scotland's original tribal lands.
Scotland has over 200 distilleries (not counting the "unofficial" ones!), producing whiskies of fascinating variety, from the lighter but aromatic malts of Speyside to the peaty and pungent malts of Islay and Skye.
We have distilleries ranging from the world famous (for example Talisker and Glenmorangie), to the small and charming (Edradour, near Pitlochry), and each of them has a story to tell.
Most of the distilleries on my tours offer full site visits and tasting sessions - given the potency of the drink (and it is a drink which you have to treat with a lot of respect) I'd suggest that a distillery visit takes place towards the end of each day.