Who do you think you are? Research your Scottish ancestry to find your forebears
HomecomingScotland lays out a rich, self-guided itinerary and a map with which you can trace the footsteps of your Scottish ancestors.
You start in Edinburgh at the ScotlandsPeople Centre and the National Library of Scotland (cultural highlights in this city are Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and St. Giles Cathedral).
Highlights of “Walk in the Footsteps of Your Ancestry”:
- Perth on the River Tay, Balhousie Castle, Black Watch Museum
- Living history at Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore
- In Inverness at the Highland Archive Centre, delve into records dating to the 14th Century, and find out more at the visitor center at Culloden Battlefield.
- Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle, Clan Donald Skye, Armadale Castle
- Road to the Isles, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, battlefield of Bannockburn
Searching the records at Hawick Heritage Hub, one of the top tourist attractions in the Scottish Borders.
- National Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Gretna Green
- Uncover your Scottish Borders ancestry in archives dating back 750 years, at Heritage Hub in Hawick.
- Back in Edinburgh, explore the National Galleries, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
At the Highland Folk Museum, see how early Scots lived and worked, and delve into the photographic archive
Find your own clan’s tartan on the Scottish Register of Tartans
Click here for the detailed week-long itinerary.
Do some preliminary research before your trip.
More here about discovering your family tree in Scotland.
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