McLean Scotland

We specialise in organising Scottish tours. Arrive a guest, go home a friend.

About Us

What We Do

We specialise in providing Scottish tours packed with unique and unforgettable memories. Whether you require an exclusive driver guided tour, self drive, VIP or corporate hospitality, we always guarantee an unforgettable experience. With over twenty years of expertise designing tours our extensive local knowledge and contacts assure you enjoy the best of Scotland from the moment you arrive.

Who We Are

Paul McLean and Liz Gillespie own McLeanScotland, best friends who have been working together for 20 years in the tourism industry. Paul has a background in advertising and marketing having owned advertising agencies. Liz's experience comes from sales and now handles the marketing, she is also the perfect hostess. Both of them bring expertise to the business and are a unique combination. Arrive a guest go home a friend

Bespoke Tours

All our tours are designed with you, for you. These sample tours showcase a very small selection of what we can offer.

Self Drive Tours

Self Drive Tours

We work with you every stop of the way to ensure you not only have your 'wish list' but a perfect self-drive tour, seeing hidden gems only local Scots know. With our extensive expertise in arranging tours, we select your accommodation from local guest houses to historic castles.

We book your car hire, ferries and even local train tickets. We send you superb personalised tour notes with easy to follow directions and recommendations for our favourite restaurants, places to visit and local pubs. You can add a driver/guide to complement the tour, then you take over the driving, with confidence.

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Driver Guided Tours

Driver Guided Tours

Take the stress out of driving on the "wrong side of the road" and experience a very personal and unique tour with a Scottish driver/guide, for as many days and number of guests as you wish. Your tour is exclusive to your group.

With our vast knowledge of Scotland we carefully select your accommodation from local inns to luxurious castles. We can plan your tour to include golf and whisky, history and clan lands, whatever you want, let us show you the real Scotland at a pace that suits you. Ideal for those wishing to visit distilleries/pubs, you drink, we drive!

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Group Tours

Group Tours

We work with friends, families, clans, golfers, whisky and curling clubs, staying in country houses, traditional hotels and even off the beaten track 15th century castles. We arrange everything for your party; luxury coaches (8 - 48 seats) with an accompanying expert Scottish guide, ferries, tickets to events and restaurant reservations.

We can add private boat charters, exclusive dinners and sporting events. With our expert local knowledge we can arrange golfing with friendly Scots, ad hoc whisky tastings and detours to explore clan lands. Wherever you wish to go, let us take your group in style.

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Wedding Renewals

Wedding Renewals

Your wedding renewal can easily be incorporated into your Scottish tour. Our friendly registrar works with you to design your ceremony to enable it to be as formal or relaxed as you wish. You can write your own vows and choose your favourite music for a ceremony at many of Scotland's historic properties, including castles and palaces, all with that special backdrop.

We take care of everything; Scottish piper, kilts, flowers and of course, your castle accommodation. We work with you to ensure you get the perfect tour, complemented by a once in a lifetime, Scottish wedding renewal.

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MacLean Gathering - June 2017

Castle Duart on the Isle of Mull

Work with us to design your bespoke Clan Maclean Gathering 2017 tour, a vacation of lifetime on either a self drive or driver guided tour. For 2017 we are also offering an exclusive tour for six guests.


Paul and Liz will accompany you on a very personal and luxurious ten night tour for a maximum of six guests. You stay for three nights in the historic Glengorm Castle, the only castle accommodation on Mull. You also have three nights in a magnificant five star guest house at Craobh Marina on Scotland’s beautiful west coast, another six nights in other amazing venues. BOOKING NOW OPEN.

Fully Guided Coach Tour

A seven night, fully guided coach tour to include three nights in Tobermory for the Clan Gathering at Duart Castle. We also visit Cawdor and Urquart Castles, Culloden Battlefield in Inverness and explore 5,000 year old standing stones and burial cairns, Your final two nights in Scotland are in Edinburgh, an incredibly beautiful and historic capital city. You can easily add on before or after the tour for as long as you choose.

Self Drive Tour

We work with you to design your perfect Scottish itinerary with car rental, ferry to Mull and mainland return. A minimum of seven nights’ accommodation must be booked as a part of your Maclean Gathering tour in guest house, hotel and/or castles. See the real Scotland at your own pace with our easy to follow directions and personal recommendations on where to eat, drink and visit.

Driver Guided Tour

We would be delighted to offer you your own personal driver/guide taking you around Scotland at a lesiurely pace. A minimum of seven nights’ accommodation is required as part of your Maclean Gathering tour in guest houses, traditional hotels and/or castles. There are many options for sailing, walking, whisky, golf, wee glens and hidden places – please ask us for ideas.

Pipe Bands

We assist visiting pipe bands with coach travel and accommodation while visiting Scotland, on tours ranging from a week to a month. This year we also arranged for the Transvaal and Dartmouth pipe bands to tour Scotch whisky distilleries and perform at Blair Atholl Castle.

Some of the bands we've been privileged to host include:

  • The Glanoria Pipes and Drums, Switzerland.
  • The Saffron Kilts, USA.
  • St. Patricks Battalion, Mexico.
  • New York Metro, USA.
  • Mesa Caledonian, USA.
  • Transvaal Pipeband, South Africa.
  • Dartmouth & District, Canada.

If you wish to experience pipe bands playing as a part of your Scottish tour, why not take in The "Worlds" in Glasgow - 10,000 pipers & drummers performing during the 3rd weekend in August - or visit any of the piping events in Scotland throughout the year. We are here to help you.

Hi Paul, The Dartmouth and District Pipe Band is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and we are going to wrap up our celebrations in style at the World Pipe Band Championship this summer. We hired our coach from you in 2012 and we were very pleased with everything especially our driver Jim who we loved! We would like to book again, there is a possibility we might need two coaches for the games. Warmest regards,

Cathie Caldwell.

Satisfied Clients

Dear Paul and Liz,

Laura and I want to extend our sincere thanks for the work you did at putting together our holiday. We had a marvelous time from start to finish. We even survived my driving on Mull! We spent about 5 hours at Duart and enjoyed tea at the kitchen table and later lunch with Lachie and Rosie in the Tea Room. Did you know that the fire basket was blown down in a gale and now lives below the castle? Lachie joked that they were starting a modern sculpture garden. We hope to able to return for the 2017 gathering and will be in touch about travel planning, etc. Thanks and blessings.

Reverend Canon Patrick Maclean, OSSP.

Dear Liz and Paul,

I wanted to thank you properly for the most perfect trip to Scotland my husband and I could ever have imagined!! I started collecting tour prices from every company imaginable but when I got in touch, Liz was the only one who was very truthful in what we would be able to see and do in the time allotted. She tailored the package to our wants & needs, added a renewal ceremony and helped me with every aspect down to details I would never have thought of.

Liz was like an old friend, not a sales person . There is no way we could have planned a better trip, staying in perfect locations, romantic, historic & my husband could always find a wee bit o' whisky at end of the night. Liz and Paul even took time to attend our renewal ceremony; what regular, run of the mill, travel agency would do that? I highly recommend McLeanScotland to anyone travelling to Scotland or Ireland. You guys are the best!!

Nicole Miller, USA

Dear Paul and Liz,

Brian and I want to thank you very much for all the arrangements you made for our trip. We had a wonderful time. And every place we stayed was special. Plockton was a little gem of a place; we're so glad we got to see it. Anyway, we just wanted you to know that you are directly responsible for us having the vacation of a lifetime. We're telling all our friends that if they go to Scotland, they need to get you to arrange it. Needless to say, we'll be contacting you for our next trip. I was predisposed to like Scotland, but it and the Scottish people were more beautiful that I could even imagine. England was lovely, but not a patch on Scotland. Thanks again.

Nena McLin Dunn, USA

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