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!

Fairy pools Isle of Skye

Must see Destinations on your Skye Road Trip (2021)

Skye is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK to visit. It is world renowned for scenery and landscapes that will take your breath away. At 50 miles long it is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. Each of the 50 miles is packed with history, beauty and magic. Is there anything better…

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Secret waterfall and pool skye

Allt Daraich Hidden Waterfall and Pool (Skye)

Looking for a quieter alternative to the Fairy Pools in Skye? These waterfalls and pools are every bit as magical as their more famous neighbours, and their lack of notability makes them a more peaceful location. Due to their relative obscurity we were able to spend the full day here without being disturbed. The nearby…

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Spar Cave

Spar Cave – A hidden gem on the Isle of Skye

If you like a true adventure, then the 80-metre-deep, spectacular Spar Cave is for you!  The cave can only be accessed at low tide so it’s essential to properly plan your visit. Spar Cave doesn’t have information boards, signs, rails or steps like most of the other tourist attractions on Skye.  This makes it all…

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Tent at sunset

23 NC500 Campsites With Over 4 Stars (2021)

Travel restrictions have finally been lifted and many of us are more than ready to get on the road! The NC500 route is becoming increasingly popular due to its breath-taking coastlines, beaches and amazing historical sites. Wild camping is becoming increasingly difficult due to the sheer number of people traveling the route. A fantastic option…

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Pirates Graveyard

The Pirate’s Graveyard and Ancient Crypt

The ‘Pirate’s Graveyard’ is an ancient and fascinating graveyard sitting on a hill in the quaint village of Cromarty. The locals gave the graveyard this nickname due to the skull and cross bone decorations.  Its real name is St Regulus’ Graveyard. History of The Pirate’s Graveyard The Pirate’s Graveyard has a variety of seventeenth- and…

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Gilmour's Linn Waterfall Stirling

Gilmour’s Linn Waterfall and Charlie’s Cave

Gilmour’s Linn waterfall, also known known as Touch Glen Waterfall is a hidden gem situated in Touch Glen just outside Stirling. It is backed with a long cave which has links to Bonnie Prince Charlie, hence why it has been nicknamed Charlie’s Cave. The term ‘linn’ is commonly used to describe a waterfall or the…

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Sandwood bay panoramic view

21 Highland Beaches you must visit in 2021

We can all be forgiven for daydreaming about relaxing abroad on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other. While foreign travel could certainly be on the cards this year, it is a risk that many of us are not yet prepared to take. To help soften…

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Goblin Ha Yester Castle

Yester Castle and the Haunting of Goblin Ha’

Yester Castle and Goblin Ha’ is a 12th century castle ruin and dungeon near the small village of Gifford in East Lothian.  The castle was built on the orders of Sir Hugo De Gifford. Sit Hugo was nicknamed ‘The wizard of Yester’ due to the mysterious rituals he carried out in dungeons below the castle.  Due…

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Girl at Sculptors Cave

Sculptors Cave and the Beautiful Moray Coast

Sculptors Cave is one of many sea caves situated at the foot of steep cliffs on the south shore of the Moray Firth. What distinguishes Sculptors Cave from all the others is its long and fascinating history. Factor in that it is only accessible during low tide and its allure becomes too difficult to ignore.

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Wild Swim at Wailing Widow Waterfall

Wailing Widow Waterfall Walk

The Wailing Widow Waterfall could arguably be the most beautiful waterfall in Scotland. Remarkably, this spectacular 30 metre waterfall is relatively unknown despite it being a short walk from the A894 on the NC500 route. The walk along the burn to reach the bottom of this dramatic waterfall will take less than 15 minutes.  A…

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