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The Best of Edinburgh Part 1: Old Town

on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:41
Edinburgh, Central Scotland Untour
Edinburgh is a majestic, regal city dominated by history and the academic life of its universities. In its dramatic topography, convivial street life, and stunning architecture, you’ll find a lot to love about Edinburgh. Whether you are joining us in the Scottish Highlands, spending time in our Central Scotland Untour, or combining both locations in a Scotland Sampler, you will want to make time for Edinburgh.
Here is part 1 in our Edinburgh series, on sights in the Old Town.
Edinburgh Castle sits atop a volcanic rock hilltop shaped into a “crag and tail” by glaciers.
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From the Scottish Highlands: Our Favorite Stops on the Speyside Whisky Trail

on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:09
Single Malt Scotch, Whisky Trail, Scottish HIghland Untour
In Scotland, they don’t call it scotch but rather whisky, with no E. And there’s no better place to taste it than in the Scottish Highlands, with some of Scotland’s oldest and best distilleries easily accessible from our Scottish Highlands Untour. Here our Untours host Duncan outlines his favorites.
The Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is within easy reach of the Scottish Highlands Untour hometown of Inverness. Speyside is home to some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery and lush landscapes, as well as roughly half of the country's distilleries.
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St. Andrews: Sacred Ground for Golfers, Scholars and Pilgrims

on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:07
St. Andrews, golfing on a Scotland Untour
There is so much to see on our popular Untour in Central Scotland. Edinburg and Glasgow are top of list, not to be overshadowed by Stirling's own castle. But one of our absolute favorite day trips is to St. Andrews, a must-see for golfers, of course. But it offers so much more than that!
St. Andrews is widely credited as the place where the game of golf originated. Indeed, the roots of the game here go back to the mid 16th century, and the town is home to the first known golf course, today called the Old Course. It is a gorgeous expanse, abuttng the coastline of the West Sands.
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Scottish Highlands Q&A: Duncan on Heritage, Food & Skulduggery

on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:50
Scottish Highland hosted vacations
We chose Duncan MacKellar to be the on-site staff for our new Scottish Highland Untour for many reasons. He's already been a huge help to our first guests in the region this fall. Meet the newest addition to Untours' global family of friendly on-the-ground hosting staff.
Tell us briefly about what you’ve done before your work for Untours?
Professionally, I trained as an engineer and my two brothers and I ran our own engineering business in the Highlands of Scotland for 25 years, servicing the offshore oil and gas Industry.
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The Paradox of Glasgow: Sacred & Contemporary

on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:49
Glasgow on the Scotland Untour
There is so much to see and do in Scotland, we need two Untours to contain and cover it all!
For a healthy jolt of urban life, shake off the castle cobwebs and head to Glasgow in Central Scotland. With its busy modern center, office buildings and traffic, it is a perfect foil to lovely, archaic Edinburgh. 
Glasgow is unapologetically contemporary, a city bustling with commerce and art and student life. Accept this, and you will warm to Glasgow quickly and let it round out your experience of Scotland. 
Of course you can choose your path when you arrive at the rail station.
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A Human Way to Do Business

on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:22
Untours hosted apartment vacations
I don’t know much about whisky. 
At a tasting at a tiny Speyside distillery in the north of Scotland, I was glad I didn’t have to report on lingering sherry notes or hints of burnt licorice. The smoky peat flavors were about all my unsophisticated palate could detect. Though the tour did leave me with impressions of another kind.
Unlike their corporate competitors, this family-owned business does not use modern technology to achieve the exact same flavor barrel after barrel. They defer to their expert distillers, rather than silicon chips, to make the decisions.
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Untourists Report from Central Scotland: News and Reviews You Can Use!

on Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:21
Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Central Scotland Untour

Our Central Scotland Untour has been running for almost a year now. We introduced it in fall of 2016 as the “Scotland Untour” but rechristened it Central Scotland this summer to make way for our newest offering in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands Untour. From its inception, the (Central) Scotland Untour has gotten rave reviews, most notably for our staff person Val and for the friendliness of the Scots. Here are some reviews directly from our guests there, from both 2016 and the first part of 2017. I hope their apartment info and other suggestions are helpful!

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Journey to the Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands

on Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:39
Isle of Skye on the Scottish Higlands Untour

It was a perfect day for a trip to the Isle of Skye, one of the best day trips in the Scottish Highlands. Cool temperatures, no rain in the forecast and a nearly cloudless sky. I had an ambitious itinerary of sights that I wanted to see, so I got an early start. I took the shortest route from Inverness that took me through wild and mountainous country. At times, the road followed the scenic rail line with regular passenger service between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.

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Welcome to Inverness, Homebase of the Scottish Highlands Untour

on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:50
Inverness in the Scottish Highlands with Untours
Welcome the homebase of our new Scottish Highlands Untour. Inverness is a walkable town in the heart of the Highlands with good international restaurants, cozy pubs, and live music.
“It is a perfect departure point for exploring the Scottish Highlands,” says Untours President Brian Taussig-Lux. “But what I love about Inverness is that you can walk into tranquil green spaces without leaving town.”
While the Isle of Skye and the Malt Whisky Trail are within day trip distance, here are 10 things to check out in and around Inverness.
  • Visit Fort George and the Highlanders’ Museum. The mighty
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Join Us at Stirling Castle in Central Scotland

on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:22
Stirling Castle on the Scotland Untour

Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland. Many feel it is actually the best, even better than Edinburgh's. It is surely the crowning jewel of Stirling. The town and its quaint satellite villages make up our Central Scotland Untour, offering easy rail access to Edinburgh and its castle. 

But we strongly recommend you stick around town and give Stirling Castle its due time. Having rushed through it myself, I would say it deserves half a day for exploration, to allow you time to interact with museum staff, read the detailed explanations, and walk the ramparts.