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The Best of Scotland

Program Number: 20881RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/29/2015 - 5/13/2015; 8/12/2015 - 8/26/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/16/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/23/2015; 9/23/2015 - 10/7/2015; 9/30/2015 - 10/14/2015; 5/4/2016 - 5/18/2016; 5/18/2016 - 6/1/2016; 6/1/2016 - 6/15/2016; 6/15/2016 - 6/29/2016; 6/29/2016 - 7/13/2016; 7/13/2016 - 7/27/2016; 8/3/2016 - 8/17/2016; 8/17/2016 - 8/31/2016; 8/31/2016 - 9/14/2016; 9/14/2016 - 9/28/2016; 9/21/2016 - 10/5/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/12/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Scotland, UK:Scotland
Price starting at: $4,098.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 34; 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

South to the cultural riches of Edinburgh and Glasgow. West to the sacred and misty island of Iona in the Hebrides. Inland to the breathtaking highlands, where clans and kings fought to defend their hearths and heritage. Discover rugged landscapes, turbulent history, romance and legend on a remarkable, sweeping journey through Scotland. From peaks to glens we’ll go, with a wee dram to fortify us along the way.




Highlights

• Explore the beautiful islands of Mull, Skye and Iona.
• Journey on some of the world’s most famous trains — the West Highland line and the Jacobite steam train.
• Experience iconic Edinburgh Castle — dominating the skyline of the Scottish capital city — on a fascinating field trip to the top of the volcanic Castle Rock.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-29-2015

On this departure, instead of a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train, you will enjoy a private cruise on Loch Shiel.
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8-12-2015, 9-2-2015, 9-9-2015, 9-23-2015, 9-30-2015, 5-4-2016, 5-18-2016, 6-1-2016, 6-15-2016, 6-29-2016, 7-13-2016, 8-3-2016, 8-17-2016, 8-31-2016, 9-14-2016, 9-21-2016, 9-28-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Glasgow, 3 nights; coach to Oban, 2 nights; coach to Fort William, 2 nights; coach to Dingwall, 2 nights; coach to Pitlochry, 2 night; coach to Edinburgh, 2 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Glasgow
3 nights

Get to know Scotland’s “second city” at Culzean Castle, a 600-acre estate, and Burns Heritage Park and Burns Cottage, home to Scotland’s great national poet. En route to Oban, learn about the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh at his Hill House. Marvel at the magnificent engineering feat of “The Hollow Mountain,” the Cruachan Power Station, and search for wildlife along the shores of Loch Lomond.



Coach to Oban
2 nights

From our base in Highland Fort William, journey by ferry to the Island of Mull and from there cross to the spiritual center and “cradle of Christianity” in the island of Iona. On the Isle of Skye, “the misty isle", learn the heritage of the infamous local clans as you embark on a scenic drive to view the imposing Cuillin mountains.



Coach to Fort William
2 nights

Take one of the world’s great train journeys from Fort William to Crianlarich, and then invoke Harry Potter films as you ride the Jacobite Steam train over the Glenfinnian Viaduct. Travel by gondola at Ben Nevis and explore “Kidnapped” country.



Coach to Dingwall
2 nights
Pitlochry
2 nights

From Dingwall, discover romance at Macbeth’s Cawdor Castle and explore the battlefields of Culloden. Get into the spirit of the country at Glenlivet malt whiskey distillery and the Kingussie Farm working sheepdog display. Unearth the delights of Dunkeld, Loch of the Lowes and learn the colourful history of Scone Palace on a leisurely day of discovery.



Coach to Edinburgh
2 nights
Depart Edinburgh

In Edinburgh, see the city’s history in the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. Beyond the city explore the mystical carvings at Rosslyn Chapel and the painted ceiling at the Merchant and Bishop’s palaces at Culross. Discover the impressive and iconic Edinburgh Castle and spend a free afternoon taking in the history of this bustling city.




Scotland

The lochs and highlands of Scotland have long been a source of inspiration for folklore, poetry and song — influencing movements from the Romanticism of Robert Burns to the Kailyard school of J.M. Barrie. Through the years, Scotland has maintained a strong pride in the arts and boasts notable museums, theaters and events including the Edinburgh International Festival, an annual celebration of arts from around the world.



Accommodations
Glasgow: Centrally located hotel. Oban: Hotel on Esplanade looking out at the Firth of Lorne. Fort William: Hotel located at the foot of Ben Nevis on the outskirts of town. Dingwall and Pitlochry: Historic hotels. Edinburgh: Centrally located hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
  Glasgow., UK:Scotland 3 nights
   Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
  Oban, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   Imperial Hotel, Fort William
  Fort William, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   Tulloch Castle
  Dingwall, UK:Scotland 2 nights
   The Highlander Hotel
  Newtonmore, UK:Scotland 1 night
   Mercure Perth
  Perth, UK:Scotland 1 night
   King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
  Edinburgh., UK:Scotland 2 nights
 Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Centrally Located Hotel.
  Contact info: George Square
Glasgow G2 1DS,   UK:Scotland
phone: +44 141 332 6711
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Satellite television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, iron.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and coffee bar. Otium health and leisure facilities-indoor swimming pool, spa pool, work out facilities, sauna, steam room. BT Openzone wireless internet access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  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

 Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Situated on the Esplanade with views across the Firth of Lorne to Mull and Kerrea.
  Contact info: Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll,  PA34 5AE UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1631 565735
web: www.crerarhotels.com/obanbay
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. Limited room service. Hairdryers.
  Facility amenities: Rannachan Restaurant, Atlantic bar and Lounge. Sun lounge. Spa with outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Imperial Hotel, Fort William
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Imperial Hotel is located in the centre of Fort William, overlooking Loch Linnhe in one of Scotland's places of real natural beauty. The hotel has a lounge, 1 bar, Free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 36 rooms.
  Contact info: Fraser Square
Fort William
Inverness-shire,  PH33 6DW UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1397 702040
web: www.imperialhotelfortwilliam.co.uk
  Room amenities: WiFi, hairdryer, toiletries, iron & ironing board, television, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone.
  Facility amenities: Free internet, parking, bars, WiFi, 24hr service, hotel and bedrooms completely non smoking.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Tulloch Castle
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings.
  Contact info: Tulloch Castle Drive
Dingwall
Ross-Shire,  IV15 9ND UK:Scotland
phone: +44 8444 146586
web: www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TullochCastle
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Turrets Restaurant, bar, lounge. Grounds. WiFi available in the entire hotel at supplemental cost.
  Smoking allowed: No

 The Highlander Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Set within Cairngorm National Park, the Highlander Hotel is a scenic base for touring the north of Scotland, close to mountain ranges, forests, lochs and river valleys.
  Contact info: Kingussie Road
Newtonmore
Inverness-shire,  PH20 1AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)8431787125
web: www.bespokehotels.com/highlanderhotel/
  Room amenities: Iron and ironing board, hairdryer, television, tea and coffee making facilities, walk in showers and ground floor rooms available.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, garden, free Wi-Fi in lobby, TV lounge.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Mercure Perth
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: One of the most unique hotels in Perth, set in a 15th century watermill, you can still watch the water trickling through the original water wheel from our garden, reception area and Lounge Bar. Perth city centre is on your doorstep and spectacular Perthshire scenery lies beyond. With beautiful gardens and a medieval function room with 15th century features, the hotel makes a romantic venue for your wedding. Explore the rich history of the surrounding area including Scone Palace, coronation site of Scottish kings, six miles away. Complimentary standard WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
  Contact info: West Mill Street
Perth,  PH1 5QP UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)448159105
web: www.mercureperth.co.uk/
  Room amenities: Tea/Coffee making facilities in each room, Hairdryer in each room, Trouser press in each room, Telephone In Each Room
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, laundry service, currency exchange, room service, 24 hour reception, currency exchange service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A modern hotel, the King James is located just off Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street, and a short walk from the Royal Mile.
  Contact info: 107 Leith Street
Edinburgh,  EH! 3SW UK:Scotland
phone: +44 871 376 9016
web: www.thistle.com
  Room amenities: BT Openzone Wi-Fi, Coffee and Tea Making Facilities, Complimentary Toiletries, Direct Dial Telephone, Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View, Hairdryer, Hard Flooring, Iron & Ironing Board, Refreshment Tray, Trouser Press. Wheel in Shower Work Desk
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, BT Openzone Wi-Fi.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  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 out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm on arrival day. A welcome meeting at 5:30pm preceeds dinner. You will be staying at Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check-out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. No documents other than Passports/Vias required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available to and from hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Glasgow.
  Nearest city or town:  Glasgow.
  Nearest airport:  Glasgow.
  Transportation to site: Trains are available from London Euston to Glasgow Central. From Glasgow Airport the easiest method is to take the Service 500 (airport's official Glasgow Shuttle) First's Glasgow Shuttle provides you with the most direct service between the airport and Glasgow city centre with links to Glasgow's two main rail stations – Central and Queen Street – and the main bus terminus, Buchanan Bus Station. The service operates up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, and takes only 25 minutes end to end. The nearest rail station to Glasgow Airport is Paisley Gilmour Street, which is just one mile from the terminal and easily reached by taxi or bus (services 66 and 300). There are direct rail services from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central (8 trains an hour). Taxis-the approximate fare from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow City Centre is GBP20.00 - 22.00.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest city or town:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest airport:  Edinburgh.
  Transportation from site: Edinburgh Airport is approximately 8 miles from the city centre. Bus Airlink 100 runs from Waverley Bridge (off Princes St) every 10 minutes. The journey takes 25 minutes and costs GBP3.50.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Wednesday, April 29)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2: Arrival Day
(Thursday, April 30)
   
 Arrive To: Glasgow. Transfer by private motorcoach or individual cars to the hotel, dependent on flight arrival times. Please look for the Road Scholar driver in the Arrivals Hall, who will be holding a Road Scholar sign.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm for those arriving by lunchtime.
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel and a free afternoon, before the welcome meeting at 5:30pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Glasgow: City of Culture
(Friday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture in the hotel on “Scotland’s History”, followed by a panoramic field trip by coach around the highlights of this magnificent city.
 Lunch: Excluded for you to explore the city’s many cafés and restaurants.
 Afternoon: At leisure for you to explore more of this city and perhaps take in one of the many museums, including the Museum of Transport, or one of its fine collections of municipal art. Your Course Director will advise you of your options.
 Dinner: Excluded. There are many restaurants, pubs and cafes close to the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Culzean Castle and Robert Burns National Heritage Park
(Saturday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Robert Adam’s masterpiece, Culzean Castle – a 600 acre estate in South Ayrshire where Dwight D Eisenhower was given the use of an apartment in recognition of his connection to this grateful nation. Culzean was the principal seat of Clan Kennedy - one of Scotland’s oldest families - who can trace their ancestry back to Robert the Bruce, and the castle and its landscape reflect their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants in dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire. In the 1770’s, the 10th Earl commissioned the famous architect, Robert Adam, to create a house worthy of his political status. The entrance doors are on the site of Adam’s front door, and above the doorway you can see Adam’s original graceful fanlight.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Burns Cottage in Alloway – the birthplace of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, trace his footsteps from birth to national and international icon. The museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside, the museum comprises Burns Cottage, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest works, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Mackintosh’s Hill House, Loch Lomond, Cruachan Power Station and Loch Awe
(Sunday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer by coach to Oban via Helensburgh, where we will see the home created for one of Scotland’s best known publishers by Glasgow’s world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dating back to 1902, the interiors and decorative scheme were created by Mackintosh and his wife. We will then continue on with a drive along the shores of Loch Lomond into the Highlands.
 Lunch: Excluded to allow you to explore the delightful town of Inveraray.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues on to “the Hollow Hill”, Cruachan Power Station – one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements. Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe, the massive cavern at its centre is high enough to house the Tower of London.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Isles of Mull and Iona
(Monday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we take a full day field trip by ferry to the Isle of Mull, and then on to the Isle of Iona. Mull is the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides and from the rugged ridges of its coastline to its blinding white sand, Mull can lay claim to some of the finest and most varied scenery in the Hebrides. From Mull cross to the “Cradle of Christianity”, Iona.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: Following lunch, explore the ethereal isle of Iona – a place where they say “the Veil is thin”. Iona was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. Return by ferry from Craignure to Oban.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: A Cruise on Loch Shiel
(Tuesday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Fort William, stopping for a private cruise on Loch Shiel. The loch is one of Scotland’s most historically significant and unspoilt natural treasures and its 18 mile length is only accessible by boat. Carry on then through “Kidnapped” country, with a drive by of Stalker Castle.
 Lunch: Taken out in Glenfinnan.
 Afternoon: We will have time to explore the Glenfinnan monument and Visitor Centre, before continuing on to Fort William.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel, Fort William
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ben Nevis Gondola Ride, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe
(Wednesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning take a gondola ride on Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, before riding the West Highland line from Fort William to Crianlarich via Rannoch Moor. The ride is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain and voted the top railway journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009.
 Lunch: Taken out in Tyndrum.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues through Glencoe with a stop at the informative Visitor Centre.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel, Fort William
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: The Misty Isle of Skye
(Thursday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we visit the Isle of Skye – “the misty isle” (itinerary dependent on weather conditions). Begin by taking the 30 minute ferry ride from Mallaig to Armadale and onwards through the rugged, haunting hills to view The Cuillin, the most spectacular mountains in the Highlands.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues before we carry on our transfer to the hotel in Dingwall.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Tulloch Castle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns and Culloden
(Friday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: We journey to fairy tale Cawdor Castle, 14th Century home to the Thanes of Cawdor. Linked with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the castle remains home to the Cawdor family today. Although the house has evolved over 600 years, later additions from the 17th Century were all built in the Scottish vernacular style, with slated roofs over walls and gables of mellow local stone. This style gives Cawdor a strong sense of unity, and the massive severe exterior belies an intimate interior that gives the place a surprisingly personal, friendly atmosphere.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken at Cawdor Castle.
 Afternoon: We pay a visit to Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites. Around 4000 years old, the burial cairns at Clava are speculated to be the final resting place of the privileged few in the local community – perhaps tribal chiefs. From Clava Cairns we move on to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of a turning point in British history and the last battle fought on British soil.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Relax and enjoy a local music group as they regale you with traditional Scottish tunes.
   
Accommodations: Tulloch Castle
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Glenlivet Malt Whiskey Distillery and Kingussie Farm
(Saturday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we transfer to Newtonmore via the Glenlivet Whiskey Distillery. Set in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains, in one of the most romantic and scenic glens in the Highlands, the distillery will give you an insight into the whiskey making process as well as allowing you to sample a “wee dram”.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leaut Farm, before travelling to the nearby Highlander Hotel in Newtonmore, where you will have time to unpack and relax.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: The Highlander Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: The Highland Folk Museum and Scone Palace
(Sunday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Before we transfer to Perth, we’ll take time to visit the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. The museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of the early Highland peoples, and visitors can learn how early Scots lived, built their homes, tilled the soil and how they dressed at this award winning living history attraction.
 Lunch: Taken at the Highland Folk Museum.
 Afternoon: We travel onwards to Perth and spend an afternoon in Dunkeld, one of the best preserved historic towns in Scotland. Its cathedral dominates the skyline and is over 1400 years old, dating from a time when Celtic monks set up the base for a mission at the confluence of two rivers. Since then it has seen many changes and turbulent times, eventually becoming the beautiful, peaceful place of worship it is today. From Dunkeld we make the scenic journey to Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings. From Kenneth McAlpin, traditionally known as the first King of Scots, through Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II – all were crowned here.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Perth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Culross and Rosslyn Chapel
(Monday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Edinburgh, your final destination. En-route we will visit the delightful small town of Culross, with its Merchant’s Palace and Bishop’s Study. Enjoy the storied narrow streets and views across the Firth of Forth.
 Lunch: Packed lunch provided to make the most of this busy transfer day.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftsmanship associated with the Da Vinci Code. Founded in 1446, the chapel is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in the United Kingdom.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Edinburgh Castle and Independent Exploration
(Tuesday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we visit Edinburgh Castle to discover its rich and varied history.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free time for you to discover more of Edinburgh. Your Group Leader and Course Director will have suggestions of how you can make the most of your time in this historic city.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: King James (formerly Edinburgh Thistle)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Departure day.
(Wednesday, May 13)
   
 Depart From: Edinburgh for flights to North America.
 Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel. Some transfers may leave before breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Glasgow. Glasgow
Glasgow Cathedral, Burrell Collection, Tenement House, Willow Tea Room, People’s Palace, Hunterian Art Gallery, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Pollock House, theatres, cinemas. For additional information, visit www.seeglasgow.com
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Suggested Reading List


. The Scottish Nation: 1700-2000


Author: T.M.Devine


Description: The Scottish Nation examines the social, political, religious and economic factors that have shaped modern Scotland. Drawing on the latest research, Devine places Scotland firmly within an international context and provides a key focus for the ongoing debate regarding Scotland's future. This new edition brings the reader up-to-date with Scotland's recent history, from the high politics of the devolved parliament to the everyday effects of huge and growing levels of social inequality.



A History of the Scottish People


Author: T.C.Smout


Description: A classic history of Scotland.



Castle and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans


Author: Stuart Reid


Concise History of Scotland


Author: Sir Fitzroy Maclean


Glencoe


Author: John Prebble


Scotland: A New History


Author: Michael Lynch


Description: This full length history of Scotland is made up of 25 chapters spanning 18 centuries, from the Picts to the 1980s and is designed for the general reader. A particular feature of the book is the attention it gives to social and cultural history, including life in towns, the changing role of the nobles, and the shifting images of Scottish identity through the ages. The landmarks of Scottish history - the Wars of Independence, the Reformation, the Union of Crowns and the Union of Parliaments, the Jacobite rebellions, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, are all covered. The author is the editor of "The Innes Review", literary editor of the Scottish History Society and has written books on Edinburgh and the Reformation, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Scottish Burghs.



Scotland: The Story of a Nation


Author: Magnus Magnusson


Scottish Highlanders-A People and their Place


Author: Jim Hunter


Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey


Author: Sir John Lister-Kaye


Description: Written by your host at Aigas. 'A wonderfully lyrical book surging with the sheer joy of nature, from Scotland's premier nature writer.' Magnus Magnusson; ' An environmental classic', SPECTATOR; 'Lister-Kaye establishes himself as one of the finest nature writers in the language', SCOTSMAN; 'Wonderful and evocative', GLASGOW EVENING NEWS; 'A masterful piece of storytelling', COUNTRY LIFE.



The Highlands (Exploring Scotland's Heritage


Author: Joanna Close- Brooks




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