• The Traitors – A Highland Saga

    Unveiling Intrigue: “The Traitors” – A Highland Saga of Deceit and Detection

    Prepare for an exhilarating psychological adventure in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. With “The Traitors.” a gripping competition that weaves suspense, deception, and camaraderie into an unforgettable narrative. As 22 strangers are thrust into Ardross Castle near Invergordon. Claudia-Winkleman-and-the-TraitorsLed by Claudia Winkleman and Alan Cumming. Claudia presenting the UK series for the BBC. Alan presenting the USA version of the TV Series. The picturesque setting becomes the battleground for a high-stakes game, where trust is a rare currency.

    Setting the Stage: Ardross Castle... a Highland Backdrop

    Set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands (Literally on ‘Go Highlands’ Doorstep). “The Traitors” unfolds as 22 hopeful contestants navigate a series of challenges and missions. Strategically designed to test their mettle as a team. The medieval walls of the castle echo with the anticipation of a grand prize—£120,000—awaiting those who successfully conquer the tasks at hand.

    Twist in the Tale: Traitors in Shadows

    However, hidden amidst the ranks of loyal contestants are three traitors, operating covertly to sabotage every endeavour. As the unsuspecting participants aim for victory, the traitors lurk in the shadows, strategically dismantling the team, and eliminating competitors one by one. The tension rises as trust becomes a fragile commodity in this complex game of detection and backstabbing.

    Ultimate Gamble: Rooting Out Deception

    In a thrilling battle of wits, the loyalists must navigate the intricate web of deceit woven by the traitors. Detection becomes paramount as alliances are tested, and suspicions run high. Only by successfully rooting out the traitors can the loyal contestants secure victory and the coveted cash prize. The ultimate gamble unfolds as friendships are tested, and the Highland air echoes with the stakes of losing everything.

    A Highland Epic: Unravelling the Drama

    “The Traitors” A Highland Saga of Deceit and Detection promises a rollercoaster of emotions. Where the Scottish Highlands serve as both ally and adversary. In this saga of deceit and detection, participants must tread carefully to distinguish friend from foe. Brace yourself for a journey where each decision holds the key to triumph or downfall. Making “The Traitors” a captivating adventure of loyalty, betrayal, and the breath-taking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. If you would like to see some of the filming locations simply get in touch with ‘Go Highlands. We can easily arrange a Private Tour or incorporate them into one of our existing Tours

    Although ‘The Traitors’ show has been a runaway success, both the US and UK versions. Ardross castle does not allow Tour groups on the grounds. However if you were planning to book the castle for a Wedding or as a Venue, here is their Contact Page


    Go Highlands at Ardross castle

  • Scottish Clan Names

    Title: “Unraveling the Tapestry: A Historical Journey through Scottish Highland Clan Names”

    Introduction: Embark on a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of Scottish history as we delve into the origins and significance of Highland Clan names. The Highlands of Scotland have long been steeped in tradition, with each clan name carrying a unique story that adds to the region’s cultural vibrancy.


    The roots of Scottish Highland Clan names can be traced back to the medieval period, where they served as markers of familial ties, territorial boundaries, and a sense of identity. The clans were often associated with specific regions, and their names reflected the landscapes they inhabited or the notable features of their territories.

    For example, the Clan MacLeod, originating from the Isle of Skye, derived its name from the Old Norse “Ljótr,” meaning ugly or rough, a nod to the rugged beauty of their island home. Similarly, the Clan MacGregor, known for their resilience in the face of adversity, takes its name from the Gaelic “Griogair,” meaning vigilant.

    Throughout history, these clans played crucial roles in shaping the destiny of Scotland, from defending their lands against external threats to participating in epic battles such as the Battle of Culloden. The legacy of these clans endures, with many modern-day Scots proudly bearing their ancestral names.

    As you navigate the enchanting landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, let the resonance of Clan names guide you through a historical odyssey. From the heather-clad hills to the mist-shrouded lochs, the tales of these clans echo through time, leaving an indelible mark on Scotland’s cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Scottish Highland Clan names and discover the profound stories that continue to shape the Highlands today. Go Highlands – where history, culture, and friendly Guides converge.

    Is YOUR name on the list of top 30 Mac’s

    1. Macdonald
    2. MacKenzie
    3. MacLeod
    4. MacIntyre
    5. MacGregor
    6. MacLean
    7. MacNeil
    8. MacPherson
    9. MacFarlane
    10. MacCallum
    1. MacMillan
    2. MacInnes
    3. MacRae
    4. MacLaren
    5. MacIntosh
    6. MacColl
    7. MacKay
    8. MacAulay
    9. MacQuarrie
    10. MacLachlan
    1. MacLeod
    2. MacKinnon
    3. MacNab
    4. MacCormick
    5. MacGillivray
    6. MacNicol
    7. MacDuff
    8. MacFadyen
    9. MacRitchie
    10. MacQueen
  • Scottish Bagpipes

    The Scottish Bagpipes: part of Scottish culture and heritage, echoing through the hills and valleys of this majestic land. These unique musical instruments have a rich history, dating back centuries. They have played a pivotal role in both war and peace.

    Origins and Evolution:

    The origins of the Scottish Bagpipes can be traced back to ancient times. There is evidence suggesting that they may have originated in the Middle East. However, it was in Scotland that they found their true identity. The Great Highland Bagpipes, as we know them today, evolved over the centuries, becoming an integral part of Scottish folklore. The instrument consists of a bag, a chanter, and drones, creating a distinctive and powerful sound that resonates with the spirit of the Highlands.

    Fun Facts:

    The bagpipes were declared an official war instrument by the British Army during World War I.
    There are different types of bagpipes in Scotland. They each have unique characteristics, such as the Great Highland Bagpipes, Border Pipes, and Small Pipes.
    The Great Highland Bagpipes have nine notes, creating a hauntingly beautiful melody that can stir emotions.

    Warfare and Peace:

    During times of warfare, the bagpipes served as more than just musical instruments. They were used to boost morale, intimidate enemies, and communicate commands across the battlefield. The haunting sound of the bagpipes accompanied Scottish regiments into battle, earning them the nickname “The Fighting Pipers.”

    In times of peace, the bagpipes play a central role in cultural celebrations, festivals, and ceremonies. Weddings, funerals, and clan gatherings are often graced with the soul-stirring melodies of the bagpipes, symbolizing the enduring spirit of Scotland. See some great videos on our Scottish Music page which includes ‘Piping Goddesses’.

    In conclusion, the Scottish Bagpipes stand as a symbol of Scotland’s rich cultural tapestry. Their evolution, from ancient origins to becoming a vital component of Scottish identity. Whether on the battlefield or in moments of celebration, the haunting melody of the bagpipes continues to captivate hearts worldwide, making it an iconic instrument that transcends time. Embrace the enchanting allure of the Scottish Bagpipes, a harmonious journey through the annals of Scottish history.

    Watch this fun Video that Gloriously mixes the Scottish Bagpipe with Punjabi Music. We think it’s truly awesome but let us know in the comments if you enjoyed it too 🙂

  • The Highland Clearances

    The Highland Clearances were a series of forced displacements, primarily driven by economic factors. A major part of Scottish history, the Highland Clearances stand as a poignant chapter, spanning from 1750 to 1850. It becomes evident that the repercussions of the Clearances reverberate through time. This shaped the landscape and demographics of the Highlands.

    Understanding the Highland Clearances:

    Marking a tumultuous period that left an indelible mark on the Scottish Highlands. Land owners sought to transition from traditional agriculture to more profitable sheep farming. Thousands of families were forcibly evicted from their ancient lands, leaving behind a cultural and social upheaval.

    Impact on Highland Population:

    The Clearances had a profound impact on the Highland population, leading to widespread migration and the dismantling of communities. Highlanders, often faced destitution and hardship as they sought new lives in unfamiliar territories. This mass displacement significantly altered the demographic landscape of the Highlands, as people dispersed across Scotland and beyond. This contributes to the urbanization of cities and the diaspora of Highland culture.

    Cultural Disintegration and Resilience:

    The Highland Clearances not only displaced people physically but also had a lasting impact on the cultural fabric of the region. Gaelic-speaking communities faced challenges to their traditional way of life, and the erosion of cultural practices became inevitable. However, despite the adversity, the resilience of the Highlanders endured, and their cultural heritage persisted, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to shape Scotland today.

    Lasting Effects:

    For those seeking a deeper understanding of Scotland’s rich history, the Scottish Highland Clearances present an intriguing narrative. Explore the lasting effects on the Highland population. The cultural resilience that emerged from this trans-formative period in Scottish history. Join us at Go Highland Tours as we unravel the layers of the past. We offer a unique perspective on the historical tapestry that defines the Scottish Highlands today.

  • Origins of the Kilt

    Lets unravel the rich tapestry of Scottish culture. The history of the Scottish kilt stands as a symbol of tradition and heritage. Dating back to the 16th century, the origins of the kilt has evolved from a practical garment worn by Highlanders into a globally recognized emblem of Scottish identity. Originally known as the “féileadh mòr.” This pleated, knee-length garment served as versatile attire. This allowed ease of movement in the rugged Scottish terrain. Over time, it became synonymous with clan pride. There are many Clans with distinctive tartans reflecting familial ties and regional affiliations.

    Old Kilts

    The formalization or origins of the kilt as a national symbol occurred in the 18th century, catalysed by the Dress Act of 1746. The Act aimed to suppress Highland culture following the Jacobite uprisings. Despite the ban on traditional Highland dress, it endured as a symbol of resilience and cultural pride. Its resurgence gained momentum in the 19th century. This was fuelled by romanticized perceptions of Scottish heritage. The patronage of Queen Victoria also helped.

    New Kilts

    As for the modern day version… well, you will always find George and Alastair from ‘Go Highlands’ in their Kilts. One question that usually arises ‘Isn’t it cold wearing a Kilt?’ The simple answer is NO, but then again they are always on the move. If they are not driving in their air conditioned Minibuses they’re wandering across Battlefields and castles or tramping through Heather clad hills.

    In the modern era, the Scottish kilt transcends its historical roots, becoming a globally recognized garment worn with pride during various celebrations. This would include weddings, festivals, and ceremonial events. As artisans continue to craft kilts using time-honoured techniques contemporary designs breathe new life into this iconic piece of clothing. The Scottish kilt remains an enduring emblem of cultural identity. Explore this timeless legacy of the Highlanders with us on a Tour with Go Highlands as we delve into its intricate history and enduring significance.