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Inverness in Photos, Postcard from the Scottish Highlands


June 16, 2021 by Cathrinbaumbach

Inverness and nearby Ardersier are our UnTours hometowns in the Scottish Highlands, a welcoming home base for a truly incredible region of natural beauty. I had the pleasure of staying in Inverness a few years ago when we first set up the program.     Home to some 47,000 people and known as the capital of the Highlands,…  

Duncan on Deep Traditions in the Scottish Highlands


March 23, 2020 by Special Guest

Duncan MacKellar is our on-site host for the Scottish Highlands Untour. Last year he shared some insights into the deep traditions of his region. To understand the traditions and culture of a nation, you have to look at the people who created those very same traditions. Scotland’s greatest export has been its people, some voluntarily…  

Burns Night: A Scottish Tradition

Food and Drink Scotland

January 27, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

Enter the haggis! This past weekend, Scots in the UK and abroad gathered for a fun annual celebration of their national bard, Robert Burns. It is an important tradition in  Scotland. Burns lived from 1759 – 1796. He wrote poetry about rural life as he ran the family farm in western Scotland, and the writing…  

What’s on in Europe: 2020

Andalusia Arts Austria Barcelona Beer Cordoba Florence France Heartland Holland Ireland Italy Leiden London Music Nafplio Oberland Paris Provence Rhine Rome Scotland Spain Switzerland Trip planning Tuscany Venice Vienna

January 22, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

So much to see and do in Europe already, but why not plan your trip around some of the season’s special events? Festivals and fairs are a window into a culture, a signifier of what is important to a community, and an excellent way to rub elbows with the locals. Here is your 2020 trip…  

Meet the Winner of the 2019 Untours Photo Contest


December 10, 2019 by Andrea Szyper

This time of year we celebrate the end of a fun and exciting season of UnTours. We also celebrate Untourists who have shared their photos. In November, we put 12 of our favorite UnTours Photo Contest entries up for popular vote, and the people have spoken. The 2019 winner is: Karen Munoz! She traveled with…  

Central Scotland Trip Report: Many Miles of Day Trips

Driving Nature Scotland

July 15, 2019 by Special Guest

Central Scotland is a favorite summer destination. Here is the review of a recent guest of ours, who joined friends on our Central Scotland Untour; he lays out some of the places they were able to visit on their stay. All arrangements made beforehand were exactly as described and connections were on time. Val and…  

Untours Guide to Scottish Expressions


December 20, 2018 by Untours Staff

Yes, they speak English in Scotland. But they have some colorful expressions you may not know! Here are some favorites provided by Val, our local staff person on the Central Scotland Untour. There are some fun insults and drinking expressions in the mix. Clear yer throat and give ’em a wee try! Aye Right –…  

The Highland Games with Our Nephew and His Pipes!

Family travel Scotland

November 13, 2018 by Special Guest

Richard and Maria Talarigo have traveled with us on multiple UnTours in various destinations. Their most recent Untour was in Central Scotland, a place they loved. And on their way, they met up with family! Here’s their tale. When we travel, it is extremely important to us to interact with the people, not just see…