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!

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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portsoy harbour

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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