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Scotland and Its Islands: Exploring Old Worlds

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.
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Program No. 23030RJ
16 days
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Scotland and Its Islands: Exploring Old Worlds

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.
16 days
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Program No. 23030 RJ
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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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 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.
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A History of the Vikings
by Gwyn Jones
No Gods and Precious Few Heroes (Vol 8: Scotland, 1914-80)
by Christopher Harvie
The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
by Robert Burns
Sunset Song
by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Robert the Bruce: King of Scots
by Ronald McNair Scott
Mingulay: An Island and Its People
by Ben Buxton
Celtic Lightning: How the Scots and the Irish Created a Canadian Nation
by Ken McGoogan
Viking Clothing
by Thor Ewing
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
Waverley (1814)
by Walter Scott
Norse Mythology: a Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs
by John Lindow
The World of the Vikings
by Richard Hall
The Last Stonghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions in Newfoundland
by Margaret Bennett
Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle
by Paul Rhys Mountfort
by Diana Gabaldon
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
by Alistair MacLeod
How to Hygge: the Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
by Singe Johansen
The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
by Athur Herman
Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga
by William F. Fitzhugh, Elisabeth Ward
A Viking Voyage
by W. Hodding Carter
Historical Atlas of the Viking World
by Angus Konstam
Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
by Alistairi Moffat
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings
by Peter Ayer ed.
St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World
by Charles Maclean
The Viking Discovery of America: the Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland
by Helge Ingstad
Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas
by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
The Blue Fox: A Novel
by Sjon
The Viking Saga
by Peter Schledermann
Scotland: a New History
by Michael Lynch
by Irvine Welsh
The Vikings: Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
by Anu Partanen
Scotland: the Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology
by Snorri Sturluson
Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
How the Scots Invented Canada
by Ken McGoogan
The King of Vinland's Saga
by Stuart Mirsky
Vikings: Life and Legend
by Williams, Pentz, Wemhoff
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Vikings at War
by Kim Hjardar, Vike Vegard

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