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Program #20881RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Barbara from Woodstock, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/01/14 - 10/15/14
This trip shows so very much of Scotland, from the Highlands to the Lowlands and from the cities to the mystical western Isles. In addition to visiting castles and museums we visited little villages "that time forgot" and met a delightful shepherding family as they showed us their working dogs. The scenery was spectacular in early October and my fellow travelers a delightful group - this program is not to be missed!

Joyce from Hingham, MA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 10/01/14 - 10/15/14
We have taken 13 Road Scholar Programs - truthfully every one has been outstanding. We didn't have a burning desire to travel to Scotland however the itinerary captured our interest. We are thrilled to have gone on the "Best of Scotland." It was superior - from the Highlands to the Lowlands - and everywhere in-between. Joyce & Edward Schreier

Barry from Wellsville, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/24/14
Kate and Barry from Wellsville, NY Number of programs attended: 1 Date attended: 09/10/14 -09/24/14 Outstanding trip. Resourceful and knowledgeable tour director, Rod, and historian, Rita. Well planned itinerary. Highly recommend.

Liz from Clovis, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/24/14
Very comprehensive tour led by excellent guides

Janice from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/17/14
This tour was at the top of bucket list--to visit the land of my ancestors. Everything exceeded my expectations due to a very well planned, organized and executed tour. Both or tour guide, Margaret Hubbard, and tour director, Harvey Pascoe made this a trip of a lifetime and I returned home with a big smile on my face!

Judith from Hudson, MA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/24/14
Wonderful program. I highly recommend it. The sites visited were diverse. Rita, the program instructor, has a wealth of knowledge that she shared with the group in a most entertaining manner. Rod, the group leader, is personable, well organized, and remained calm at all times. I hated to see the two weeks end.

Caroline from Ponte Vedra, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/17/14
If you are looking for a sampling of all of the history of Scotland, diversity in geography,beauty and culture, this is the trip for you.

Susan from Newton, NH Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/10/14 - 09/24/14
This trip is great but, it was, in large measure, made so by the guide Rita Adam and the group leader Rod Drysdale. The landscape, the history, and the culture were enriched by their knowledge, humor, and attention to detail. Only bed experience was at the Fort Wiliiam hotel where disinterested management and substandard food and amenities put a temporary damper on the experience. The Tulluch Castle accommodations were charming as was the visit to Blair Adam.

Cheryl from Radford, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/17/14
The Scotland adventure was great, what a beautiful country full of history , the people are all really nice and welcoming. I loved it.

Jane from Saint Clairsville, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/03/14 - 09/17/14
Margaret Hubbard is a treasure of Scotland. Her knowledge and ability to bring history alive made this program simply wonderful.

Harvey from Glenview, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
Scotland is a great country to visit and explore. The cities, the islands (Hebrides) and the people are unique and the topography from the western part to the eastern part is outstanding. A lot of history, both bloody and romantic. A must place to visit.

Judith from Newark, DE Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
Check to be sure guides experienced with this trip are being used and that special offers of tours at various sites and museums are taken advantage of. Tip: if arrive early in the morning from the flight, call or email hotel and request to have your room ready earlier if at all possible. Review by participants from Connecticut is very accurate. Bob and Judy Taggart, Delaware

Gerald from Westport, CT Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
Hot,approx. 90 degrees f. no a/c in any hotels. Windows in 3 rooms would not open wide--hotel staff claimed it was for health and safety reasons. Bus A/C out for 3 days--no imagination shown to replace. We waited for an engineer rather than a quick swap of equipment. Our leader was English and knew very little about Scotland. He was without passion for the country, but did unnecessary dramatic readings to a captive audience. In fact he never before had visited many of the sites we travelled to. The two guides were affable, but not prepared. They had never done this trip before. We spent much time in visitor centers and adjoining gift shops. No on the ground guiding by any Road Scholar personnel. We were discharged from the bus with advice that the trip was self guided, or placed in the hands of uninspired docents. This was the very worst tour I have ever taken. By the way, the hotels were second rate, the food institutional, and not a drop of wine was offered at the welcoming or departure dinners

Charles from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
Scotland is a wonderful place to visit. The program could be improved with more information and guided tours at each place visited.

Mary Nied from Waco, TX Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/02/14 - 07/16/14
If you've always wanted to see the marvelous variety of Scottish scenery and learn about its history and culture, the "Best of Scotland" is the trip for you. Top notch guides in the form of Rita Adam and Rod Drysdale, both of whom gave the trip that special quality due to their extremely high levels of expertise. I left the trip and continued on to England as an "ambassador" of Road Scholar and this trip, telling my next group of traveling companions that this one is a 'must'!

Chris from Santa Monica, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/02/14 - 07/16/14
A comprehensive tour of Scotland combining the mystical magic of the Highlands with the realities of history and the exploration of architecture with information on current issues affecting Scotland and its citizens. This first experience of a Road Scholar trip guarantees that I will be participating in more in the future. My next trip is already booked.

James from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/02/14 - 07/16/14
Absolutely wonderful trip. Our group had 30 as well, but it didn't slow us up. Great tour guides! Be aware that you will probably NOT go INTO Dunfirmline Abbey and see Robert the Bruce's burial place and others. We just drove by and went into Andrew Carnegie's birthplace instead. Take your own washcloths and a little laundry line. A truly memorable experience.

Lorna from West Des Moines, IA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
My husband and I had a great time on this trip. We felt we got to see a lot of the country. The hotels met our expectations, though it would have been nice to have larger rooms in some locations and the rooms were very warm due to a heat wave. This was the largest tour group we have experienced (30) and the larger size slowed things up a bit. Our tour instructor was excellent.

Karen from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 07/16/14 - 07/30/14
Although very fast-paced, this is a highly informative and fascinating program. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone with ANY interest in Scotland!

Patti from Pewee Valley, KY Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/02/14 - 07/16/14
This program was about all areas and aspects of Scotland both historical and in the present. Our leaders were knowledgeable and talented, and each place we visted was very interesting to me. Every day was filled with the Best of Scotland.

Alan from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/18/14 - 07/02/14
A comprehensive tour of Scotland, from lowlands to the highlands and the islands. A wonderful learning experience that will cover the geography and history of Scotland from the time of the Jacobite uprising up to current times when a decision on devolvement is to be made by the citizens.

Leonard from Brighton, MI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/30/14 - 05/14/14
Len from Brighton, Mi Number of programs attended: 4 Dates attended 4/30/14 - 5/14/14 This session of "Best of Scotland" did not meet Road Scholar standards. Places visited were great but John Harris, an Englishman, was the leader and primary lecturer. All of his lectures and bus commentaries were read word for word from a prepared script or books on Scotland indicating a superficial knowledge of the country. We learned very little of the Scottish people, their culture, flora & fauna or geology (lots about the Jacobites and the middle ages). The tour did not use local experts (with one exception) but relied on John and he on middle ages history. We took the Best of Ireland immediately after this tour and found it to be outstanding with Irish leaders and local experts at each location visited. This back to back comparison highlighted just how much we missed on our tour of Scotland. The Scotland tour would have been a great trip with different leaders/lecturer.

Joyce from Hyde Park, UT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/30/14 - 05/14/14
This truly is "the best of" Scotland with something for everyone: the engineer will enjoy the power station stop while the Scotch aficionado will like the tour of The Glenlivet. English professors will revel at the chance to visit Cawdor Castle and other literary spots. John and Sylvia were superb leaders--excellent lectures and considerate care for all. Lots of bus time but sufficient breaks to stretch your legs. The major drawback was rainy weather, but we persevered.

Millicent from Deer Harbor, WA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/30/14 - 05/14/14
An unforgettable introduction to highlands, islands, castles and lochs with delightful visits off the tourist path. Read up, bring umbrella and mind the cobblestones underfoot on this adventure! It is invigorating in every sense.

Janet from El Segundo, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/28/13 - 09/11/13
Group of 30 was too BIG!

James from Clayton, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 08/28/13 - 09/11/13
This program is one you do not want to miss. If you ever wanted to see Scotland this is the one trip to take.

Janan from Blairsville, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 07/17/13 - 07/31/13
I just returned from Road Scholar Scotland trip. It was wonderful. Our tour guide, Rita Adam, was a delight - so knowledgeable and entertaining. Our logistics manager, Mo Millman, did a great job. Some of our hotels were not the best - but Mo helped us get the best rooms possible. The trip was full of varied experiences and places. We rode a bus (and had a great, safe bus driver), train rides, gondola rides, ferry rides. In addition to hitting all the "normal" Scottish attractions, we managed to do a few unique stops, including a working sheep farm. I would have liked to have more time for our visit to Culloden Battle field. All in all I would highly recommend this trip.

Charles from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/17/13 - 07/31/13
Continued review from Charles and Nancy Bagley:

*Glenlivet Distillery was not worthwhile.

RECOMMENDED IDEAS FOR FUTURE TRIPS:
*There should be one ore more visits to stone age of which there are many in Scotland. For example, the Balnuaran of Clava Cairns is a famous and extensive site only one mile from Culloden Battlefield.
*We wish we could have heard more bagpipes!
*We really would have liked to have one optional hike in the Highlands--one to three hours.
*Consider a visit by boat to Staffa Island and Fingals Cave.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
*All hotels had adequate to very good food.
*Scotland was hit by a rare stretch of very hot weather. There was no AC in any hotel.
*Glasgow Copthorne--good location and beds. Very expensive laundry service.
*Oban Bay Hotel--very good location on waterfront. Food service very slow and hard beds.
*Fort William Ben Nevis Hotel--out on edge of town--no shops in area. Hard bed. Good, inexpensive laundry service.
*Tulloch Castle--pleasant big room. Very small shower enclosure in slippery tub with no rubber mat--dangerous! Good bed.
*Pitlochry--Atholl Palace Hotel--very good room and bed. Extensive, beautiful grounds.
*King James, Edinburgh--good location. Hard bed and very weak coffee.


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