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About us – Caledonia Worldwide

Established in 1996, Caledonia Worldwide is an independent specialist tour operator organising enriching and unique holidays in Cuba and selected other countries.  We organise and promote culturally aware travel for individuals and groups, and strongly believe that our trips provide an authentic way to be involved with local people and communities.

With over 25 years of experience in Cuba, we know the island, its people and landscapes, its culture and history inside out.  We love to share our acquired knowledge and personal experiences to ensure we can provide you with the travel experience of a lifetime at a pace to suit you.

Our small team of dedicated bilingual staff have travelled widely in Cuba and we all love our specialist areas. Read on to find out more about our team in Scotland and in Cuba…


Caledonia over the years…


Meet the team…

Kath Bateman

Kath Bateman


Kath Bateman founded Caledonia in 1996 and still has a very active role in the company.  As a linguist and avid traveller, Caledonia brings together many strands of Kath’s personal and professional interests.

She is a Modern Languages graduate with a masters in Tourism Management and has worked as a tour leader, ski resort representative, English language teacher, salsa teacher, cultural events organiser and salsa club promoter.  She is also a qualified Blue Badge Scottish tourist guide, has lived and studied in France and Austria and has travelled widely elsewhere in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and particularly in Cuba.

Kath is still very much involved in the business and is as motivated by what Caledonia does as when she first set up the company in the spare room at home all those years ago.

In Cuba

Many of you will know our team in Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa already and will appreciate the friendly, professional support and personal attention provided by our local representatives.

Odalis Calzadillo, Yalina Cardero, Alex Arevalo, Yaritza Castillo and Oscar Gamez have all been working with our clients for many years now and are very definitely part of the Caledonia family!



Santiago de Cuba tour leader





Yaritza Castillo, Santiago de Cuba