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Scotland

Scotland and Its Islands: Exploring Old Worlds

Program No. 23030RJ
All aboard for this voyage back in time to Scotland’s ancient roots. Discover some of Europe’s oldest monuments, while learning about the islands’ protected wildlife.
Length
16 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
9,699
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
1,200

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Jun 1 - Jun 16, 2023
Ship Inside 9,699
Ship Outside 10,999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single cabins in select categories! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow

Jun 11 - Jun 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Inside 9,699
Ship Outside 10,999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single cabins in select categories! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Jun 1 - Jun 16, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Inside 9,699
Ship Outside 10,999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single cabins in select categories! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Itinerary Note

This departure begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow

Jun 11 - Jun 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Inside 9,699
Ship Outside 10,999
Special Offer

No extra cost for single cabins in select categories! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

Scotland is arguably most famous for its craggy highlands, but it’s the country’s colorful port towns and dramatic islands where the Scottish character really shines. Pack your favorite tartan and board our expedition ship for a voyage along Scotland’s coasts. Learn about breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and some of the continent’s oldest monuments, dating back to the Stone Age. Along the way, meet Gaelic-speaking natives who will happily tell you stories of legends and lore while tracing traditions of the original settlers who first made their homes here hundreds of years ago.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day over hilly, rocky, uneven terrain. Climbing stairs between decks on board as well as external gangway stairs to transfer between the ship and Zodiacs. Most embarkations and disembarkations will be via Zodiac, which require stepping up or down about 12 inches. Zodiac landings will generally entail disembarking onto rocky or gravelly beaches, and in windy weather can make for rather splashy rides.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Travel back to the Stone Age through the most extensive collection of prehistoric megalithic structures in western Europe.
  • Experience the largest gannet colony in Britain, located among the cliffs of St. Kilda.
  • Enhance your knowledge with unique access to Adventure Canada’s seasoned onboard staff.

General Notes

The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions. The program is limited to 24 participants and the Ocean Endeavour holds 198 passengers.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Scotland: the Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
A Viking Voyage
by W. Hodding Carter
Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle
by Paul Rhys Mountfort
Robert the Bruce: King of Scots
by Ronald McNair Scott
Vikings: Life and Legend
by Williams, Pentz, Wemhoff
Vikings at War
by Kim Hjardar, Vike Vegard
Sunset Song
by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga
by William F. Fitzhugh, Elisabeth Ward
Historical Atlas of the Viking World
by Angus Konstam
The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology
by Snorri Sturluson
The Vikings: Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
The Last Stonghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions in Newfoundland
by Margaret Bennett
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
Scotland: a New History
by Michael Lynch
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
by Anu Partanen
Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
No Gods and Precious Few Heroes (Vol 8: Scotland, 1914-80)
by Christopher Harvie
How the Scots Invented Canada
by Ken McGoogan
Viking Clothing
by Thor Ewing
A History of the Vikings
by Gwyn Jones
The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
by Robert Burns
Waverley (1814)
by Walter Scott
St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World
by Charles Maclean
How to Hygge: the Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
by Singe Johansen
The Viking Saga
by Peter Schledermann
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
by Alistair MacLeod
Mingulay: An Island and Its People
by Ben Buxton
The Blue Fox: A Novel
by Sjon
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
The Viking Discovery of America: the Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland
by Helge Ingstad
Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
by Athur Herman
Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas
by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings
by Peter Ayer ed.
Trainspotting
by Irvine Welsh
Norse Mythology: a Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs
by John Lindow
The King of Vinland's Saga
by Stuart Mirsky
The World of the Vikings
by Richard Hall
Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
by Alistairi Moffat
Celtic Lightning: How the Scots and the Irish Created a Canadian Nation
by Ken McGoogan





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