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11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 18 — Jun 28, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, June 18 -
In Transit: Overnight flights from North America.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: 300 yards from airport.

Contact info:
Abbotsinch
Paisley
Glasgow, PA3 2TR UK:Scotland
phone: +44 870 400 9031
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/glasgow/glwre/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, minibar.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Room service. Free WiFi in public areas. ATM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, June 19 -
Arrive To: Glasgow. Walk 300 yards to the hotel.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm. Ask at Reception for the location of lunch.

Afternoon: Your Group Leader will arrrive by early afternoon. At leisure until a welcome meeting in the hotel at 5:00pm before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, June 20 - Scenic transfer to the Highlands.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Day-long transfer to Aigas Field Center in Inverness-shire with information about and stops en route at Luss (Loch Lomond), Tyndrum, Glencoe and Spean Bridge.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Continue to Aigas with stops en route, including Drumnadrochit. Please note, the proposed route is subject to change due to weather, traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Arrival at Aigas in time for afternoon tea and welcome. Aigas Field Centre is based at the House of Aigas, a Victorian sporting lodge purchased by Sir John Lister-Kaye in 1977. In addition to the main house the estate comprises an extensive arboretum, formal gardens, native pinewoods, birch woodland, exotic plantation, moorland and agricultural land as well as a picturesque freshwater loch. This range of habitats attracts a myriad of wildlife, with over 120 different species of birds recorded, and many of Scotland’s larger mammals including pine marten, otter, badger and deer. We will meet before dinner to discuss domestic arrangements for the week ahead and to talk about wish lists.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas, the home of Sir John and Lady Lucinda Lister-Kaye. Meals eaten in the baronial hall surrounded by family portraits and Victorian artefacts.

Evening: At leisure. Drinks available in the lounge for cash payments. Use of the extensively stocked library of history and natural history books, wall map of northern Scotland. The old Victorian dining room is now used as a guest common room.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, June 21 - Sir John Lister-Kaye lectures on the history of t...
Note: Walking of approximately 3 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast with pinhead porridge.

Morning: Sir John will introduce you to the complex history of the Highlands with special reference to the Victorian sporting era and the 19th century conversion of the House of Aigas from a Highland tacksman’s house to a sporting lodge, setting the historical scene for the week.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in Aigas.

Afternoon: Later on this afternoon we will head to the remains of three Bronze Age hut circles and perched on a nearby hill, the remains of a typical Iron Age fort, evidence of Aigas' continuous occupation for over 3000 years. We shall carry on across old peat cuttings to the summit, a good place to orientate, with views of Strathglass and the country surrounding the House of Aigas. Look out for hen harriers, peregrine falcons, ravens, red grouse and red deer. If we have the time and energy we will continue across the moor to Aigas Woods, a wonderful pinewood relic of great Forest of Caledon, which once covered the majority of the Highlands. A good selection of typical pinewood plant species grow here and if lucky we may see Scottish crossbills, Britain’s only endemic bird. We will walk back to Aigas House on quiet forest tracks and paths.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in Aigas House.

Evening: Evening trips with fully trained Aigas Rangers to the Pine Marten and Badger Hides, badger spotting, roe deer and tawny owls. Interpreted trips to the Beaver Hide to see the thriving family of beavers in their natural habitat. From the Tree Top Hide, see Red Squirrels, Red Kite, buzzards and ravens and take in the views of the valley of the River Beauly.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, June 22 - Loch Kinellan, Strathpeffer and Cnoc Farel
Note: Walking of approximately 4.5 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Today we start with a gentle walk amongst mixed woodland in the vicinity of Loch Kinellan. We pass through the fascinating Victorian spa town of Strarthpeffer – stopping for a comfort break and refreshment on the way – and end up with a gentle climb to the spectacular hilltop site of an Iron Age vitrified fort.

Lunch: Lunch is included today.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, June 23 - West Coast and Glen Torridon
Note: Walking of approximately 4.5 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: The scenery on the West coast is beautiful and dramatic. We will enjoy the majestic mountain landscapes of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve as we drive down Glen Torridon to enjoy a walk amongst some of the most iconic scenery of sweeping mountains and sea lochs that the Highlands has to offer.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas,

Evening: Highland house party activity.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, June 24 - Black Isle and Chanonry Ness
Note: Walking of approximately 5 miles.

Breakfast: continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Today we will explore the mosaic of farmland and coastal habitats on the Black Isle. Our walk will start beside the ruins of Fortrose Cathedral, which was built in the 13th Century. We’ll walk along the remarkable spit of Chanonry Ness, hoping to spot some of the resident bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. Finally we stroll along the beach to the village of Rosemarkie.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, June 25 - Loch Morlich and the Cairngorm Funicular
Note: Walking of approximately 4 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: We strike south today to visit the National Park surrounding the Cairngorm Mountains. We’ll take a funicular train ride to the summit of the massif where we’ll enjoy a short walk on the rare alpine semi-tundra moorland before descending to enjoy a longer leg stretch around the beautiful Loch Morlich.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: Aigas is the family home of Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye and field studies centre. Sir John is one of Scotland’s leading naturalists and nature writers. Accommodation for up to 40 guests is in comfortable, heated timber lodges all with twin bedrooms with private bathrooms appealingly set in the spacious gardens and wooded grounds of the House of Aigas.

Contact info:
Beauly
Inverness, 1V4 7AD UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1463 782443
web: www.aigas.co.uk

Room amenities: Lounge area, drying room, fridges. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Library, common room, shop and office. Drinks purchased by cash bar in the common room. Loch, fishing, walks and trails.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, June 26 - Glen Affric
Note: Walking of approximately 5 miles.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Wild and remote – Glen Affic has one of the last remaining fragments of the Great Wood of Caledon; a rich sprawling forest containing a huge range of species that covered much of Scotland thousands of years ago. Today we walk from the remote outpost of Cougie to the spectacular setting of Affric Lodge.

Lunch: Packed lunch is included although you may wish to sample local fare in Beauly-there are pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants--even a fish and chip shop!

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: This evening we visit Beauly to see a local piping band play in the village square.

Lodging: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: 300 yards from airport.

Contact info:
Abbotsinch
Paisley
Glasgow, PA3 2TR UK:Scotland
phone: +44 870 400 9031
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/glasgow/glwre/hoteldetail

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, minibar.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Room service. Free WiFi in public areas. ATM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Ten: Saturday, June 27 - Scenic transfer to Glasgow.
Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Depart Aigas, transfer to Glasgow with information about and stops en route at Ruthven Barracks and Pitlochry.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Continue to Glasgow with stops en route, including Blackford. Please note, the proposed route is subject to change due to weather, traffic or other unforeseen circumstances.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, June 28 -
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk 300 yards to Glasgow Airport for return flights to North America. This concludes our programme. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program.

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