Travels Through Time Scotland

Travels Through Time Scotland Blur the borders between fantasy and reality on our adventures across Scotland. Our goal is to bring history, folk lore and like-minded people together!
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09/04/2020
Absence makes the heart grow fonder

We look forward to sharing Scotland with you all soon.....

We are all learning how precious life is in these difficult times. Life is enjoying a meal with friends and family. Life is roaming in the mountains and glen...

We have a very special addition to our express Outlander Tour at the end of April... the magnificent Beltane Fire Festiv...
07/01/2020

We have a very special addition to our express Outlander Tour at the end of April... the magnificent Beltane Fire Festival! It brings ancient Celtic traditions to life with a unique modern twist. Through dazzling fiery displays, elaborate costumes, and immersive storytelling, the May Queen transforms the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months. It's an epic night out in Edinburgh and the perfect end to an amazing Outlander experience.

One of the many amazing characters we meet on our journey to the Highland Folk Museum on our Outlander tours. This place...
06/01/2020

One of the many amazing characters we meet on our journey to the Highland Folk Museum on our Outlander tours. This place gives a fantastic immersive experience of highland life hundreds of years ago It's so authentic it was even used for filming in season 1 of Outlander!

Our fantastic group of guests arriving at the stunning and historic Culloden House for afternoon tea on our Outlander to...
05/01/2020

Our fantastic group of guests arriving at the stunning and historic Culloden House for afternoon tea on our Outlander tour. We have just released our tour schedule for 2020, join us on our adventure and come feel the history for yourself!

So tonight is Samhain, (more recently known as Halloween) Samhain is one of the major Pagan festivals of the Wheel of th...
31/10/2019

So tonight is Samhain, (more recently known as Halloween) Samhain is one of the major Pagan festivals of the Wheel of the Year. It is a fire festival. The harvest is complete, it is the end of the cycle of birth and growth, it is the point of death for the year.

At Samhain, in the northern hemisphere, the dark, cold half of the year begins. But death will be followed by rebirth and while this is the end of one year, it is the beginning of the next. For the Celts the day did not begin at dawn, it began at sunset, it began with darkness. Light is always born out of darkness - they are interdependent. It is a truly magical time and ritual fires were lit to ensure the sun would return in the spring. In parts of Scotland, torches of burning fir or turf were also carried around homes and fields to protect them.

The veils between the worlds are at their thinnest at Samhain. Boundaries of time melt away. It is a time to honour and offer hospitality to our ancestors. Time to think about those we have lost.

Old traditions involve leaving them offerings, or leaving an empty chair and setting a place for them at your table at Samhain and opening a west facing door or window with a lighted candle in there to guide the home. Your traditional halloween 'jack-o-lantern' comes partly from this tradition and partly from a tradition of placing skulls on sticks around ancient villages to keep away evis spirits, although in Scotland we used a hollowed out turnip instead of a pumpkin!

What started as the old Celtic festival of Samhain was Christianised and re-named 'All Hallows Eve' or Halloween. The old Scottish tradition of 'Guising' (disguising), where children blackened their faces and dressed in old clothes so that they could venture out safely on All Hallows Eve, by fooling the evil spirits that were at large on this night, travelled with the Scots as they emigrated to America. This and the custom of going door-to-door collecting food for Samhain feasts, fuel for Samhain bonfires and offerings for the nature spirits has evolved into the 'Trick or treat' we know today - although in Scotland, children don't knock on doors demanding a treat and threatening a trick if they don't get one - here they expect to have to sing a song, recite a poem, do a dance or tell a joke in order to get a treat! Much less threatening!

Whatever you do tonight - have fun, but remember Samhain and it's ancient traditions, which are still practiced by so many throughout the world today.

Dressing for dinner on our Outlander Tour - Travels Through Time style!  Everyone loves a bit of dressing up......  and ...
18/10/2019

Dressing for dinner on our Outlander Tour - Travels Through Time style! Everyone loves a bit of dressing up...... and what could be better than wearing 18th century style clothes for dinner in a fabulous country house that belonged to the Laird of Clan Mackenzie at that time!

We are excited to be working on a whole new wardrobe of clothes for our dress up dinners in 2020 - not just for the Otlander tours, but period costumes in keeping with our other tours too. More styles, more variety of fabrics and more 'finishing touches' to make you really look and feel like you have travelled through time!

18/10/2019

We've been busy this year checking out new and exciting places to take our guests to.... This is stunning Devils Pulpit (AKA the Liars Spring in Outlander!). It's a tough and slippery climb down and not for the faint heated, but soooo worth it!

06/10/2019
Outlander

Not long to go now until season 5 is released! Even less time until our 2020 dates for our Outlander tours are released - watch this space next week!

The Frasers will fight time, space, and history to protect their family. Catch up on the STARZ App before Season 5 of Outlander premieres February 16. http://starz.tv/WatchOutlanderFB

05/03/2019
BBC Radio Scotland

So today is Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day! Never mind your flimsy crepes - the Scots know how to make proper pancakes 😉 Now I know some of you from 'across the pond' will recognise these as your own beloved pancakes - but think awhile and you'll realise that they probably sailed across the sea along with the settlers from Scotland and have remained a firm favourite since then.... Go on, treat yourself! Good with any topping, but eaten here at least with butter and a good dollop of Scottish raspberry jam 😋

Happy Pancake Day, the proper Scottish ones! 👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳
(via BBC Scotland)

Just returned from a few days visiting the Outer Hebrides to check out sites and timings for one of our new tours to be ...
03/03/2019

Just returned from a few days visiting the Outer Hebrides to check out sites and timings for one of our new tours to be released soon. It was lovely having the stones of Calanais all to ourselves and an early morning visit gave the site an otherworldly light.... Love this place....

01/02/2019
Airborne Lens

Beautiful Glen Coe! Stunning at any time of the year. Looking forward to showing this amazing place to our guests on the tours later this year ❄️

This was the view yesterday from the A82, up near Glencoe. Is it possible that this is the most stunning place on Earth? 😝 VisitScotland Glencoe Mountain Resort Scotland is Now

Tonight Is Burns Night - a celebration of the life and poetry of Scotlands' favourite poet and songwriter.  You may not ...
25/01/2019
Celebrating Burns Night 🥃

Tonight Is Burns Night - a celebration of the life and poetry of Scotlands' favourite poet and songwriter. You may not think you know any of his work, but we bet you do as he was such a prolific writer and his songs and poems are known across the world - you just might not be aware that he wrote them...Auld Lang Syne and My Love is like a Red Red Rose to name just two. We'll be sitting down to haggis tonight, saying the Selkirk Grace and paying our own tribute to this great man with songs and poems. Raise a glass to Rabbie with us and look out for our Rabbie Burns tours coming later this year ... 🥃

Two of our guests channelling their inner Jacobites at the Highland Folk Museum last year!
17/01/2019

Two of our guests channelling their inner Jacobites at the Highland Folk Museum last year!

Don't just see the Highlands, experience them! We've just announced the dates for our 2020 Outlander tours on our websit...
16/01/2019

Don't just see the Highlands, experience them!

We've just announced the dates for our 2020 Outlander tours on our website. For 2020 we have also introduced a shorter 4 day version, for those with a bit less time to spend in the Highlands.

What sets us apart from the thousands of other Outlander tours out there? Our goal is to immerse you in the history and culture of the Highlands. Explore the real life stories that influenced the creation of the Outlander story - from the exciting tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the plight of the Jacobites to legends that have been whispered across the Highlands for centuries.

Highlights include as many castles as you can handle, visits to sites used for the filming of the Outlander TV series as well as places mentioned in the Diana Gabaldon's books. Not only do we pack in all the best historic sites Scotland has to offer, but you also get the unique opportunity to experience 18th century life; from learning about local flora and it's uses to attending a traditional Highland ceilidh!

Come with us for the vacation of a lifetime. Visit our website for a detailed itinerary

www.travelsthroughtime.scot

Hello! Travels Through Time is run by Jan and Graham, who have been running tours in the Highlands of Scotland for the p...
10/01/2019

Hello! Travels Through Time is run by Jan and Graham, who have been running tours in the Highlands of Scotland for the past 10 years. They continue to run Highlands Unbridled, operating horseback trail riding tours in wild and remote areas of the Highlands. As well as riding, these tours have a particular focus on local history, myths and legends including Bonnie Prince Charlie themed rides and ridden Outlander tours. Having found so many little known places of interest that were impossible to visit on horseback, they launched a new venture allowing them to share their passion for Scotland’s history with a wider audience.

Travels Through Time is a small, local business operating in the north Highlands of Scotland. Our mission is to provide visitors to Scotland with an authentic Scottish experience like no other, combining the beauty of the landscape in the Highlands and Isles with an authentic insight into the rich cultural history of this land. Visit our website www.travelsthroughtime.scot to learn more about our 2019 tours.

05/01/2019

Welcome to the page of Travels Through Time! We offer fantastic historical tours through the Highlands of Scotland, specialising in Outlander themed tours, visiting both actual places from this great series of books by Diana Gabaldon and the places used in the filming of the TV series. Join us on on your Outlander adventure.

21/12/2017
Culture Trip

Culture Trip

We've ranked Scotland's 13 best castles - do you agree with #1?

Thanks to VisitScotland for the awesome footage.

Travels Through Time Scotland
29/09/2016

Travels Through Time Scotland

03/04/2015

Welcome to the page of Travels Through Time! We offer fantastic historical tours through the Highlands of Scotland, specialising in Outlander themed tours, visiting both actual places from this great series of books by Diana Gabaldon and the places used in the filming of the TV series. Join us on on your Outlander adventure.

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Travels Through Time is a small, local business operating in the north Highlands of Scotland. Our mission is to provide visitors to Scotland with an authentic Scottish experience like no other, combining the beauty of the landscape in the Highlands and Isles with an authentic insight into the rich cultural history of this land. Both Graham and Jan have had a passion for history since childhood.

Graham and Jan O’Neill have been running tours in the Highlands of Scotland for the past 10 years. They continue to run Highlands Unbridled, operating horseback trail riding tours in wild and remote areas of the Highlands. As well as riding, these tours have a particular focus on local history, myths and legends including Bonnie Prince Charlie themed rides and ridden Outlander tours. Having found so many little known places of interest that were impossible to visit on horseback, they launched a new venture allowing them to share their passion for Scotland’s history with a wider audience.

Jan was born in England, with Welsh roots. Growing up in the South of England on the junction of two pre-historic highways, the Icknield Way and the Ridgeway, her interest was sparked at a very young age by the henges, barrows and hill forts of the area. Her favourite places to visit as a child was Stonehenge, where she would picnic on the stones with her family. There was also the Uffington White Horse which was carved by ancient hands into the chalk of the hill, where she would ponder upon the people who had created this fantastic monument and wonder why… She is still wondering today!

Hardly surprising then that her period of special interest is that of pre-Roman Britain and the ancient tribes of these islands. Scotland is awash with standing stones and burial cairns, brochs, hill forts and secret places dedicated to saints and pre-christian goddesses alike. She is also interested in the history of the ordinary people, the people who lived in the hills and glens and made their living from working the land here.

Graham was born in Scotland, with family roots in the Highlands. His family moved to Glasgow after the notorious Highland Clearances. Brought up on his Grannies tales of the clearances and his families cattle droving roots, Graham developed a lifelong interest in the history of the Highlands and Scotland in general. He is a fount of knowledge on all Scottish history; from the Picts and the Scots, through the kings and queens of Scotland, right the way up to the present day. He is particularly interested in how Scotland was originally formed as a kingdom during the time of the Picts and the Scots and the Wars of Scottish Independence. A Jacobite at heart, passionate and knowledgeable particularly about this period of Scottish history and the clan system in general, he also enjoys traditional music and dancing and enjoys going to local ceilidhs.

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Hi folks, wonderful idea! I still dream about our ride through the wild west highlands with you as outstanding leaders and companions. Wish you good luck and always nice travellers. :-) Susa