Welcome to Scotland!
Catswhiskerstours has many years experience in arranging and delivering customized tours of Scotland focused on family history and/or connection with a Scottish Clan. We work with guests to design and deliver an itinerary which provides a connection with ancestors.
Tell me more about Ancestry Tours of Scotland
We work with guests, together with expert researchers where appropriate, to devise an itinerary which includes ancestral sites and possibly general sightseeing as well. Most tour groups are small but we can and have accommodated groups of up to sixteen persons.Such tours are recognised as very personal, individual and possibly emotional as well with a focus on the notion of identity. Tours can last for periods from one day for up to two weeks or longer.
Background information on Scotland and its people.
The Scots are, essentially, a mix of four core groups of people: the Picts (original iron-age inhabitants), the Scots ( who migrated from Northern Ireland), the Britons (native people in the S.W.of Scotland) and the Angles who invaded from Europe in the 5th century AD. The first three named groups had an affinity in that they were of Celtic origin. From around the 9th century the country was subject to hostile attacks from Norwegian Vikings who subsequently settled and left their mark in place names, particularly in the West of Scotland.
The Highlands Clan system started to develop around the 12th century and has provided us with a legacy of names recognised the world over which include Armstrong, Bruce, Cameron, Campbell, Clanranald, Colquhoun, Davidson, Douglas, Drummond, Farquharson, Forbes, Gordon, Grant, Gunn, Lamont, Lovat, MacBean, MacRae, MacFarlane, MacDonell, MacDonald, Mackay, MacGillivray, MacGregor, Mackinnon, MacDougall, Mackenzie, Mackintosh, Maclean, Macleod, Macmillan, MacNab, MacPherson, Menzies, Murray, Robertson, Scott, Stewart and Sutherland. However, there are some 16,000 Scottish surnames of which fewer than 3,000 originate from the Highlands. The majority of Scots have always lived in the Lowlands.
Tracing Scottish Family History
There are many and varied information sources, including:
Catswhiskerstours acknowledges the needs of such clients who wish to visit Scotland, undertake research and seek out authentic, genuine family records and/or actual authentic experiences of where their ancestors lived or worked. We also understand that researching family history may only be part of the reason for visiting Scotland and there may be a need for repeat visits to follow up leads and because of strong emotional connection. Guests may have need to:
When research is completed and itinerary agreed we can assist in either of two ways, viz:
We look forward to hearing from you!