Start with your booking agent and tour manager. Tawnya has been in the travel industry for over 20 years with experience as a front line agent, agency manager, home based agent and agency owner. She is a certified Travel Associate, Western Europe Specialist, Ireland Specialist and ScotsMaster Agent. What's that you ask? The ScotsMaster program was a travel agent specialist program that was offered by the Scottish Tourist Board. The program involved months of rigorous book study learning the essentials such as geography, climate and main tourist sites but also delved deeper into learning about history, heritage, culture, customs, activities as well as places to stay and dine. Tawnya has spent the past 20+ years traveling extensively throughout the British Isles with many of those trips exploring all around Scotland. She takes pride in the personalized service she provides for every tour participant during the planning process and while traveling with complete and thorough tour management.
Our small group tours of Scotland are for the most part "off the beaten path". The Scotland with a Touch of Outlander Tour visits many of the popular tourist sites but we also fit in a few not so "touristy" visits as well. The Islands, North Coast 500 and the Uists and Barra Tours are perfect for those looking to explore a bit of the undiscovered Scotland.
Our guide! We bring acclaimed Scottish author, historian, and highland storyteller Hugh Allison along on our tours. Hugh brings history to life while traveling throughout Scotland. He shares his unending knowledge about everything from Scottish geology to Clan history. Tawnya uses the same amazing and talented driver Mark to team up with Hugh year after year. The two of them are always a highlight of the trip. They have been traveling with Tawnya now for a number of years and together they make their tours a journey to be remembered!
The size of our groups. Mid-sized group of 20 passengers on a 29 passenger coach for our Scotland with a Touch of Outlander Tours. 12 passengers on a 16 passenger coach on all other tours. Big enough group to have an amazing adventure with like minded people making life long memories and new friends yet small enough that we can see and do a few things that "big bus" tours can't. We always leave a few extra seats open, giving you a little bit of room to stretch those legs!
Lodging. Lodging is an important part of any travel experience. We try to stay in smaller inns, hotels and guesthouses whenever possible. If not a smaller property we take into consideration location or historical significance. On the Scotland with a Touch of Outlander Tour we even spend 2 nights in a quirky, homey, highland castle hotel!
Experiences! We try to build in authentic experiences that will leave you with life long memories. Tea in a 17th century home, a historical weapons demonstration, a tour of an islands distillery....
You can find photos and recaps of past years tours on our Past Tours page.
We could go on and on, but instead will let a few past tour participants share their experience!
"I have been on 2 of Tawnya's tours, Scotland With a Touch of Outlander in 2016, the Islands tour in 2017 and in 2018 will be going in on the North Coast 500 tour. These tours continue to amaze me. No words can truly explain the amazing experiences I have had and the lifelong friends I have made. Tawnya has done a brilliant job of of putting together detailed itineraries that hit all the high points but also the special ones that we may not know of! I highly recommend that if you have any interest in traveling to Scotland or anywhere in the world contact Tawnya she will help you plan an amazing vacation." ~ J.S, Maple Grove
"I have traveled with Tawnya twice and would travel with her anywhere! She is very organized, detailed and professional, as well as very personable, fun and caring. She is very knowledgeable and will assist you in planning your next adventure, from beginning to end, from transportation to destination, with class and style. She can tailor any trip to your specific needs and can offer suggestions when needed. I highly recommend Tawnya and her team to anyone wanting to experience life through travel and wherever life's journey wants to take you. I look forward to my next adventure with Tawnya and I truly hope that you will too. She is AMAZING!" ~ M.P., St. Cloud
"We will never travel again without using Tawnya and her services. These trips have literally changed our lives. It's worth every penny. In fact what she gives is truly priceless." ~Laurie Jo, Minnetrista
Small to midsize guided adventures, sure to be memorable journeys!
Scotland with a Touch of Outlander booking deadline is May 11th! June - Scotland with a Touch of Outlander is our annual tour that has loads of connections to the Outlander books and television series. The fan won't be disappointed yet the person who knows nothing about Outlander will enjoy a journey that is loaded with history, castles, beautiful scenery and amazing people.
Scottish Islands Tour September - 10 islands, 7 ferries, amazing scenery, beautiful sites and of course immersion into Scottish customs, history and culture with our fantastic guide Hugh Allison.
North Coast 500 Tour ALREADY TRAVELED - April “Scotland's Route 66.” 500 miles of some of the most dramatic and amazing scenery in Scotland. Rugged mountains, secluded beaches, charming villages, open farm fields, amazing ruins and more. It is one of the world's most beautiful road trips.
Uists & Barra Tour August - The enchanting Outer Hebrides - leave the hectic pace of day-to-day life behind and get away from it all. The scenery is profound; with pristine white sand beaches, beautiful blue waters, ever changing landscapes, and ages of deep history. This tour will have us in Scotland hopefully while heather is in bloom, spending a night on mystical Skye, and 3 nights living the island life on South Uist. ** only 4 spots left! **