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!

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19 NE250 Road Trip Stops

The North East 250 is a 250 mile road trip covering parts of Moray, Aberdeenshire, Speyside and the Cairngorms. The NE250 route takes you past the spectacular coastlines of northern Moray and Aberdeenshire, the majestic castles of Braemar, beautiful Cairngorm scenery, and the famous distilleries of Speyside’s whisky trail. We completed this road trip over…

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Cold Water Swimming: Benefits, Risks, and Beauty

I remember the first time I stood on the banks of Loch Ness with the intention of going in for a dip. As I looked out across towards the snow-capped mountains in the distance I wondered if I had lost my mind.  The freezing water nipped at my toes as I stood willing myself to…

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Crawick multiverse

The Wonderful World of Crawick Multiverse

The site of Crawick Multiverse was once a sprawling open cast coalmine. Thanks to the imagination of Charles Jencks and the generosity of the landowner the barren site was transformed into a work of art. The imprint of the mine provided an interesting space for the artist to work with. However, the reformation of the…

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Dunlichity Graveyard

Dunlichity Graveyard and the Marks of the Jacobite

About 20 minutes outside of Inverness lies Dunlichity graveyard and church. This relatively unknown graveyard is steeped in Scottish history. Dunlichity still bears the scars of hundreds of years of war and conflict. The walls are marked by the Jacobite’s swords, and the graves are peppered with 19th century bullet holes. It truly is a…

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Grave of a crusader on st Columbas isle

The Darker Side of the Isle of Skye

Skye is famous for its breath-taking scenery, green tinged pools and spectacular mountain range.  Every year thousands of tourists flock to marvel in its magic and beauty. However, there is a darker side to Skye that many remain unaware of.  A bloodthirsty history that once turned the rivers and land blood red. The Cauldron of…

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New Slains castle ruins

Exploring Old and New Slains Castle

Slains castle is an impressive ruin built on the precipice of Cruden Bay’s dramatic cliff edge.  The ruin itself is a maze of corridors, rooms, halls and towers.  A spectacular imprint of the grand castle that once was. Slains castle (Or new Slains castle) has been reconstructed many times since its construction in 1597 by…

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Culnaskiach falls

Culnaskiach Falls (A hidden waterfall near Inverness)

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the idea of discovering secret waterfalls and hidden plunge pools. Culnaskiach Falls are one of these exciting and impressive finds. The water flows down a cliff and into a narrow gorge which joins Bruiach Burn. This waterfall is surprisingly unknown considering it is so close to Inverness and…

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West highland way in Glencoe with deers

How To Prepare For Your West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is the most walked long-distance trail in Scotland.  96-miles of hikers heaven from Milngavie to Fortwilliam.  It is usually walked or cycled, with some hardy folk even running the entire distance!  Thousands of people walk the route every year. Attracted by breath-taking mountain scenery, beautiful lochs and the serene sense of…

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Panoramic picture of tarlair abandoned pool

The Tragic Demise of Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool

Lying at the base of dramatic sea cliffs, just outside the coastal village of Banff, lies the abandoned Tarlair swimming complex. Once a hub of activity for the local community and tourists alike the pool now sits crumbling and neglected. A mere remnant of its former glory.   Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool was a community staple…

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girl on the Skye Trail

Surviving The Skye Trail (7 Day Itinerary with tips)

The Skye Trail is an unofficial 80 mile walking route covering almost the full length of Skye.  The trail is known for its breath-taking coastal paths, its dramatic ridge traverses, and its unparalleled feeling of isolation in one of the worlds most beautiful landscapes. The Skye Trail is a challenging route so experience of walking…

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