First – If you are interested in simply visiting Scotland for nearly any reason, Reformation Tours led by native local Scots Jimmy and wife Helen cannot be recommended highly enough. They are lovely people, easy to work with, know the history & culture from the inside out, and will assist with planning & recommendations for clients who wish to take a customized tour built to their specific interests & travel goals. Or, you may just want a general tour of say Glasgow, Edinburgh, and/or the Highlands which they are also fully equipped to do as well. Either way, they provide a uniquely personal visit experience. They do half day, one day, & multi-day tours with as few as one person to groups of any reasonable size.
I am from the U.S. and have worked on my American family history since the 1970s. But only in the last two or three years have I begun to discover the depth of my Scottish roots which have led back to the 1600s. I contacted Jimmy & Helen (email or phone works fine) and asked if they could do a single day tour in Lanarkshire where my ancestors are from. I gave them some specific places I knew I wished to visit, but most importantly, left it to them to add in sites they felt would enhance our understanding of the local history and those earlier times. I also asked if they could stop at the library in the nearby town of Strathaven where there was a folder of family history records for me to photograph. (Took about an hour) I left the exact itinerary to them. After all, they know the territory.
The results were that my son and I experienced a highly informative and emotionally rewarding day walking in the footsteps of our ancestors and gaining a genuine feel for Scotland. It was especially gratifying visiting the original 1600s ancestral stone cottage which still stands and is in use to this day.
Thanks, again, to Jimmy, Helen, & Reformation Tours for one of the more memorable days of our lives.