Caledonia

Caledonia you’re calling me and now I’m going home

Tartan Trailblazers is a Scottish travel blog, written by two local lassies, that showcases what Scotland has to offer to visitors and locals alike. Our blog focuses on hidden gems, adventures, beauty spots, wild swimming, short and long-distance walks & road-trips! If you want an authentic travel blog with inspiring content and pictures, then you have come to the right place!

Loch skene temple

15 Scottish Wild Swimming Spots for 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned sea swimmer or a delightful dipper who loves a beautiful waterfall, our 15 favourite wild swimming spots of 2021 will have something for you!

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Commando monument on great glen way

Walking The Great Glen Way in Winter

The Great Glen way is a 79-mile-long distance walking trail that stretches from Fort William to Inverness. It follows the diagonal fault line that naturally splits the highlands in half! While it isn’t as famous as its southern counterpart, the West Highland Way, it still has some truly beautiful stretches and memorable sections. After completing…

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Yester Castle Gateway to Hell

13 of Scotland’s Scariest Places (That will send shivers down your spine)

Scotland can be a very spooky place. If you are searching for a scary or ghostly experience, you are in the right country! In the last year we have discovered some sinister and terrifying sites. From the Scottish borders right up to the Highlands and Islands. Scotland is rich in history, and we love a…

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Entrance to Fingal’s cave

Swimming at the Fabled Fingal’s Cave

About six miles west of the Isle of Mull lies the magical island of Staffa. This island is home to the most dramatic and famous cave in Scotland. With its remarkably symmetrical basalt columns, arched roof, and otherworldly appearance, Fingal’s Cave is a unique and enchanting place to visit. To Swim or not to Swim…

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Divie viaduct from the side

The Dava Way in a Day

Earlier this year some friends and I decided to challenge ourselves by walking the Dava Way in one day! The Dava Way stretches 24 miles from Grantown-on-Spey near the mountainous Cairngorms to the former royal borough of Forres in Moray.  The trail follows a disused Highland Railway Line through changing landscapes of woodland to desolate…

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Inverness Murder

The Shocking Inverness Murder of David Cumming

A 19th century gravestone describes the violent Inverness murder of David Cumming.  Read on to learn about the fate of this highland lad!

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Sunset at Balephetrish

Beautiful Tiree: The Hawaii of the North

The beautiful Scottish island of Tiree is often referred to as the ‘Hawaii of the north”.  It is the most westerly island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and requires around a 4-hour ferry ride from Oban. Not only does Tiree have miles of shimmering white sand, but thanks to the gulf stream, Tiree experiences more hours…

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Climbing Suilven view from start point

Suilven – One of Scotland’s finest Mountains

Suilven sits proudly in Assynt in the Northwest corner of the Scottish Highlands. It is set among some of the wildest and most remote mountain and coastal scenery in Scotland. However, despite its beautiful surroundings it still manages to steal the show. Suilven may only be 731 metres high but its character, prominence and beauty…

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Walking along the Glen Shiel ridge

7 Munros in a Day: The South Glen Shiel Ridge

Normally when it comes to our Munro journey, we are happy to bag just one or two in a day. However, on this day we set out to complete seven Munros in under 12 hours.  That’s right, SEVEN! You might be wondering how on earth we managed seven as bagging one is hard enough! With a little…

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Seilebost beach

Island Hopping the Wonderful Western Isles

The Western Isles have long been a place I have been drawn to visit. From Eriskay’s wild ponies to Barra’s rare tidal beach airport, to the truly breath-taking beaches of Harris.  It is a magical cluster of islands that we just needed to explore further. Our island-hopping route through the Western Isles was as follows. …

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