My name is Steve McLeish and I have been escorting my clients across the length and breadth of Scotland for several years. As a pioneer of the Ancestral Tourism sector in Scotland, I have had the privilege of helping my clients reconnect with their Scottish homeland, both through direct lineage and for those wishing to gain a better understanding of the roots of their Scottish surnames.
As a Professional Genealogist with an Honours Degree in History, I pride myself in being able to help guide my clients through the interesting (yet at times confusing) periods of Scottish history during their time in our wonderful country. I am fortunate that I am able to marry my two passions of History and Genealogy through my work and help my clients to gain a better understanding of Scotland and the unique factors that make up our fascinating Clan heritage.
With its triple focus on History, Genealogy and (most importantly!) Scotland, the Outlander series has enabled me to develop a new series of tour options to aid my clients in their journey through the Highlands of Scotland as they trace the footsteps of that intrepid duo, Jamie and Claire Fraser. The fantastic novels of Diana Gabaldon have given lease to a new wave of individuals who are interested in learning more about this most tumultuous period in Scotland's history and who want to witness the sights and sounds of the romantic Scottish Highlands. You don't need to have Scots ancestry to enjoy the delights of this ancient land!
I conduct all of the tours myself, so you will be given the personal touch that is often lacking in some of the larger tour companies. Having spent my formative years in the Highlands, I am well versed in its history and culture, as well as the locations which appear in the novel. Due to the specialist nature of my tours, I provide a great deal of historical context in which you can frame the story of Jamie and Claire with the history of 18th century Scotland and the Jacobite Risings. I hope that you will therefore leave Scotland with a deeper understanding of its history and culture. Despite the historical nature of the tours, they are fun! On our journey together, we'll get the chance to visit some great locations, witness some of the best scenery in the world and also immerse you true Scottish culture.
We've had so much fun with our previous clients and look forward to welcoming and escorting you on your own 'Outlandish Journey'!
You surpassed everyone's expectations with your knowledge of Scottish history. That personal touch, which we owe to you, made a HUGE difference! "Perfect" is a word I heard over and over again as all the cousins rehashed their adventure. We can't possibly thank you enough!
Steve McLeish has a wealth of historical knowledge, which he shares with passion and
Steve was knowledgeable, informative, easy to be with, and an excellent driver We would highly recommend Steve for your journey through Scotland!