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Welcome to Slainte Scotland Tours blog and news section. Here we try to keep you up to date with our travels and tours. We are always on the road and we use this space to share our experiences, photos, videos and news.

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Did you know?

Did you know?

As tour guides in Scotland we are ever learning new and interesting facts about the beautiful country we live in. In this section you will find some interesting facts about Scotland. If you want to know more we suggest you book a tour with us :-)

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Scotland in pictures and video

Scotland in pictures and video

Pictures taken on our trips and yours of Scotland

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History Police

History Police

Our travels through Scotland takes us to many places where we might want to question the information that has been displayed. Sometimes these 'inaccuracies' are due to generalisation or ignorance. Sometimes we learn something and are proven wrong. But this is a great way to learn the history of Scotland from a very unbiased point of view. As we know history can all be about who wrote it.

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Sunday, 17 January 2016 16:01

Origins of the term Sideburns

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The name sideburn or sideburns refers to a beard, a type of facial hair or ‘lamb chops’ is often attributed to General Burnside who sported the unique looking beard. It is believed that they changed the name to sideburns in the early 1800's and it became a popular beard style in the era.

Below are some familiar words usually found within place names in Scotland. The list will help you understand how these came to being. The majority of these place names are derived from Scots Gaelic words for geological features in conjunction with river names. Hard to explain but with the examples below I am sure you will understand this much better.

Saturday, 09 January 2016 17:58

Loch Ness tour in pictures

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Our Loch Ness tour is very popular. It is a long day driving but so worth the trip. It incorporates some of the best scenery in Scotland.

Monday, 04 January 2016 12:40

Outlander Effect

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As most of my social media friends (and Outlander Tour guests) will know very well by now, is that I am a huge Outlander fan. I love the books (I am nearly finished book 3), the TV series and of course the wonderful actors. However it was something that I discovered quite late in my “tour” career thanks to the very little information in Scotland about it.

Happy New Year 2016! All the gang at Slainte Scotland hope that you have a wonderful year of love, health and prosperity and if you are looking at making some New Year’s Resolutions, here are 10 reasons why I believe Scotland should be on your list. Now I have left a few points out here as there are just so many. The reasons below are my personal favourites. However keep your eyes peeled for similar articles about great reasons and places to visit. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015 21:12

Culzean Castle in Ayrshire

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Some pictures and information about Culzean Castle on the West Coast of Scotland in Ayrshire.

According to the BBC the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline has been added to 2016 Skyrunner World Series. This is more great news for Scotland, Scottish Tourism and branding Scotland as an action, adventure and outdoor destination.

Friday, 04 December 2015 08:55

Stumbling on Outlander Filming

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Right so, it has taken me nearly a week to post this but here we go...last week not only did I have the privilege of meeting Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander series at Stirling Castle, but during our Outlander tours last week, we stumbled upon filming for series 2. Phew!

Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:41

Blackness Friday

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Tomorrow, Friday the 27th of November is Black Friday. We thought that we would get in on the act and add a special offer of our own...just naming ours after one of our favourite Outlander Filming locations.

So for tomorrow and tomorrow only, we are offering a 25% discount on ALL our tours, yes that is all our tours. That includes our private tours.

It can be any date in 2016 but you must book and pay the balance in full by tomorrow midnight PST. 

To activate the discount, please type in "BlackFriday25" into the discount code in each name when booking. Alternatively you can call us on Friday on +44 (0) 1475 779166

*Please note that the £5 booking fee is still active during the promotion.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:44

Outlander Tartan had its own tartan made

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Did you know Outlander had its own tartan designed and made? Here is a quick video on how it was made.

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