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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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Debbie Williams Sep 06, 2015 at 05:39 PM

I concur with Odette, Rose, on the advisability of taking along ankle-high hiking boots. If possible, take along your low-cut hiking shoes as well and then ask the ranger(s) who accompany you each day on your various hikes which foot gear would be preferable for that particular day. As Odette mentioned, we did this program in May, so neither of us will have the opportunity to meet you this fall, but I hope you have a marvelous time. Perhaps we'll meet up sometime in the future on a different Road Scholar adventure. Safe and happy travels.

Rose Johnson Sep 06, 2015 at 10:25 AM

My husband, Francis and I are making our first Road Scholar trip with this hike in Scotland.
Debbie, we are taking the train to Edinburgh following the trip if you want to go together.
Odette, I am concerned about boots/shoes. We hike a lot and I planned to take my low top hiking shoes. You mention taking boots. Let me hear more.
Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Odette Wright Sep 06, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Hello Rose. I attended this programme in May 2015, as did Debbie, so I'm afraid neither of us will be on the trip with you. I did suggest boots rather than shoes because we got a lot of rain on our trip (it was in the spring after all, but I imagine fall might be similar) and some of the terrain was very boggy and the water went right over my hiking shoes. The terrain was also quite rough at times, so I think boots with good ankle support would be wise. Hope you enjoy your trip.
Betty Eppler Sep 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Hi Rose,
Betty Eppler Sep 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Oops, as I started to say, my husband and I tend to pack very light. We are taking only low top hiking shoes. We are visiting other places before meeting the group in Glasgow and staying over a few days after. Since we'll be on the move and wrangling our own luggage, only one pair of shoes makes the cut.

Corinne lyons Aug 12, 2015 at 12:08 PM

i am introducing myself for the August 27th trip. My name is Corinne Lyons. I am traveling alone. I am leaving NYC from JFK This is my fourth trip with RS. i went to Newfoundland with RS this summer. Hiking the discovery trail. I look forward to meeting you all.
Lauri Roman Aug 12, 2015 at 12:17 PM

I am also traveling solo - from Wisconsin. After several plane changes (last one from Newark) I will be arriving early (7:30 AM) on the 28th in Glasgow. This is my first Road Scholar trip.
Corinne lyons Aug 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

I am getting into Glasgow at 1:30 PM. I look forward to meeting you Lauri

Leanne Stevens Aug 07, 2015 at 08:03 PM

Introducing myself for the Sept 17, 2015 trip. I'm Leanne from Seattle and this is my first oversea's trip and my first Road Scholar. Am travelling alone and am very nervous! Always wanted to go to Scotland so bit the bullet and signed up! Looking forward to meeting all of you!!
Betty Eppler Aug 08, 2015 at 04:54 PM

Leanne, you will be glad you took the plunge and decided to do this trip. We have found Road Scholar travelers to be fun and supportive. Traveling with a group will ensure your first visit to Scotland will be a wonderful adventure. Are you arriving early or staying after?
Leanne Stevens Aug 08, 2015 at 06:49 PM

Thanks Betty! Are you going on this trip? and, no I didn't plan to come a day early or stay over. Kinda was wishing later that I had added a day on in Glasgow but didn't.
Sharon H Aug 08, 2015 at 07:42 PM

This will be the fifth RS trip for my husband, Dave, and me. We've found them to be very well organized and enjoyable. Don't worry about traveling on your own. We've had single travelers on all our trips, and everyone soon becomes friends. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Leanne Stevens Aug 08, 2015 at 10:05 PM

Thanks Sharon! I look forward to meeting you and your husband!
Betty Eppler Aug 09, 2015 at 04:48 PM

Yes, Leanne, we will be on this trip. We are going a few days early and staying a couple of days after. Looking forward to meeting everyone and having a grand adventure.
Kathy Cavanaugh Aug 31, 2015 at 03:23 PM

Hi all - I too am joining the 9/17 trip as a solo traveler and 1st time RS participant. Am staying in the Highlands afterwards till 10/3 (or maybe longer!). Very much looking forward to a fun adventure and meeting everyone in the group!
Sharon H Aug 31, 2015 at 04:52 PM

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Lauri Roman Jul 29, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Looking forward to the August 27th trip. Who is going?
Corinne lyons Aug 12, 2015 at 12:03 PM

I am going. Corinne Lyons -- I am from New York City- This is my 4th trip with RS
Lauri Roman Aug 12, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Thanks for responding. I look forward to meeting you. I was raised in Queens but have lived in WI for 40 years.

Odette Wright Jun 08, 2015 at 02:17 PM

Regarding the amount of hiking in this program: I attended the program in May 2015 and found they had "improved" it in response to feedback by significantly increasing the amount of hiking. This was fine except that I would have preferred being told in advance since I would then have brought hiking boots instead of hiking shoes, which were inadequate over the rough, very wet (several inches of water that went right over shoes) terrain. I would also suggest good rain pants and jacket since the rain and wind can be bitter. We got soaked even with our rain gear. I was sorry that a planned visit to a garden was cancelled for more hiking. I would also not recommend this trip for anyone allergic to dogs. There are only 2 dogs, but they were often in the dining hall, library and common sitting room. I had to use my asthma medication every day.
Lauri Roman Jun 15, 2015 at 10:48 PM

Thank you for that update! How many people were in your group?
Odette Wright Jun 16, 2015 at 09:28 AM

Odette Wright Jun 16, 2015 at 09:33 AM

We were 11: a nice small group. There were also two other groups at Aigas at the same time, mostly Brits, doing other programmes. This brought the total of guests to about 30. Weall shared the common sitting room and dining hall and the library was also used for meals to accommodate everyone. Roadscholar guests were invited to sign up for early morning and evening hide viewing of wildlife and there were evening lectures open to everyone. It was very nice socially.
Lauri Roman Jun 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Much appreciated! I am very much looking forward to this - my first Road Scholar trip.

Betty Eppler May 16, 2015 at 10:49 PM

There were several comments that not much hiking/walking is involved in this trip. We are attending in September 2015. Do we need hiking boots or just good walking shoes?
Emily Schwartz May 18, 2015 at 09:35 PM

Either would be fine. I would suggest very lightweight rain pants and rain jacket. Google these on the internet. Many companies make them, such as campmor.
Betty Eppler May 18, 2015 at 10:56 PM

Thanks. We will check out some rain pants.
Sharon H Jul 01, 2015 at 07:27 PM

Hi, Betty. My husband and I will be on the Sept. trip as well. We look forward to meeting you.
Betty Eppler Jul 26, 2015 at 06:15 PM

Hi Sharon. We look forward to meeting you as well. This should be a great adventure!
Cheryl Merrell Jul 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM

I just signed up for the Sept trip as well. Looks to be an exciting trip. Any recommendations on hiking boots?
Sharon H Jul 27, 2015 at 01:57 PM

Great! As far as boots, you'll want something waterproof from what some other comments have stated, and probably a mid-height, like ankle high. Most good shoe companies will have waterproof boots, but be sure that they're stayed to be so as not all are. Some might be Goretex, and some companies have their own brand of waterproofing. I happen to like Keen and Chaco, and my husband has Merrell. Beware of Columbia, as we've both found they do t hold up as well. Personal taste again, but I've come to purchase boots a half size larger to llow room for good wool socks. Whatever you choose, do try them on, with hiking socks and walk around a bit to see how they feel after a while. SE you in September!
Sharon H Jul 27, 2015 at 02:04 PM

Oy!...typing on an iPhone! Be sure it's stated, not stately, to be waterproof, and see you in September!
Betty Eppler Jul 27, 2015 at 05:39 PM

We live in Tucson, so waterproof boots are not usually on our radar. I had a pair of black Keen walking shoes for three years that were great travel shoes. I just bought the same (updated) shoes for this trip. The style is "Presidio." They should be fine for a week of rainy, wet weather, and for many trips to come.
Leanne Stevens Aug 08, 2015 at 06:52 PM

Hi Betty and Sharon...looks like I'll be meeting you on the Sept trip. Footware-wise I have waterproof hikers and good rain gear. Being from Seattle, we have that stuff always!

Debbie Williams Feb 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Is anyone planning on taking the train to Edinburgh after the conclusion of our program on May 17, 2015? Debbie W.
Lesa Jul 30, 2015 at 02:36 PM

We might.
Lesa Jul 30, 2015 at 02:38 PM

Sorry, just looked at the date again. Duh.

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