Scotland’s Highlands: A Stay at the Aigas Field Center

Experience the very best of the Scottish Highlands as you stay in the historic home of renowned naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye.
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11 days
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Castles tucked amid sleepy glens, mountains that have seen the footprints of generations and lochs as old as time itself — the Highlands are calling. Experience the legacy and natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands during a memorable stay at the Aigas Field Centre — the historic Highland home of naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye, one of Scotland’s premier naturalists. From Aigas to the Black Isle, learn the history of Scottish clans, gain insight into conservation efforts and delight in privileged opportunities to meet the people and wild creatures of this awe-inspiring region.
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Keep the Pace
Walking and standing up to three hours a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Stay at the historic Highland home of Sir John and Lady Lucinda Lister-Kaye, and benefit from the tutelage of Aigas Field Centre Rangers.
  • Trace Highland history from the Bronze Age to the present day during field trips to Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, the Caledonian Forest and the Black Isle.
  • Gain insight into local conservation efforts on daytime walks and evening wildlife hide explorations with Aigas Field Centre Rangers.
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Sir John Lister-Kaye
Director of Aigas Field Centre, Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Scotland’s foremost naturalists and well-loved nature writers. A freelance environmental journalist and writer, 30 years ago he founded Aigas Field Center and has led it to its status as Scotland’s principal environmental education provider for adults and schoolchildren. Sir John’s books include “Song of the Rolling Earth” and “Nature’s Child” and he writes regularly for the Times newspaper.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey
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