Day 1 Thursday May 25th

Our bus picks us up at the airport to start our journey together. We take a little familiarization trip around and in Edinburgh and around Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s ancient extinct volcano, which affords great views over the city and its surrounding area. You’ll be taken to your hotel to freshen up. For those who’d like, Valarie is giving a short walking tour of Edinburgh on our way to dinner. For those who’d like to explore on their own, you’re welcome to do so. Overnight at the Apex Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Friday May 26th
Today we take a day trip as we head outside of Edinburgh to the lowlands. We’ll be visiting the Old Pentland Cemetery, Rosslyn Glen and Rosslyn Chapel. We’ll learn about the Knights Templar, early Celtic Saints, and of Ancient Edinburgh. In the morning you’ll be spending time in Rosslyn Glen and experience ancient mysteries as we discover the humming line. After lunch we’ll visit Rosslyn Chapel before we return to Edinburgh. This evening will offer free time to relax and a chance to explore Edinburgh. Overnight at the Apex hotel with breakfast.

Day 3 Saturday May 27th
Our main destination today is the area known as Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest enclosed glen. Sir Walter Scott described Glen Lyon as the “longest,loneliest, and loveliest glen in Scotland”. We’ll visit the Croft Moraig Stone Circle; Fortingall Yew Tree, one of the oldest and most sacred trees in the world; the Praying Hands of Mary, and the Fairy hill of the Caledonians known as Schiehallion as well as St. Mary’s church. We’ll overnight at the Kenmore Hotel or similar. (Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 4 Sunday May 28th

Today we travel from Glen Lyon into the majestic north of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll pay a visit to Blair Castle. Blair Castle is nestled in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. You’ll hear how the lucky inheritance of a smuggler-infested island helped turn the castle into a comfortable home and how a visit from Queen Victoria led to the creation of Europe’s only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders. The castle grounds feature a magnificent nine acre walled garden, recently restored to its original Georgian design, of fruit trees and vegetables, complete with Chinese bridge, gothic ruins and a trail of contemporary and 18th Century sculptures. A peaceful wooded grove with some of Britain’s tallest and finest trees sits alongside the ruins of St Brides Kirk, the final resting place of Jacobite leader Bonnie Dundee. We’ll pay a visit to the wooded grove and tell the story of how the grove was inspired by a Devas who visited the Atholl brothers. After lunch we’ll head to the Clava Cairns by Inverness en route to Ullapool. We’ll overnight at Kings Mill Hotel or similar. (Breakfast)

Day 5 Monday May 29th

This morning we’ll be taking the ferry across the straights to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. When you arrive in Stornoway, you just know you’re about to begin an unforgettable Hebridean adventure. The harbour town is the portal to discovering a dramatic island landscape, rich in natural and historical heritage, and it’s the epicentre of Gaelic culture. You’ll be welcomed by the locals properly with fàilte gu Steòrnabhagh, which means welcome to Stornoway in gaelic. We’ll be visiting the ancient site of Callanish where we’ll experience the Callanish Standing Stones. We’ll meet expert archaeologist Margaret Curtis who has excavated the Callanish stones for the last 40 years. She’ll be sharing her insights and findings with us. The isles of Lewis and Harris are also known for their handicrafts but especially for their Harris tweed which can only be found on these islands in the Hebrides. We’ll overnight at The Royal Hotel in Stornoway or similar (Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 6 Tuesday May 30th

Today we enter into the heart and magic of the Isles. We’ll tour through the isle of Harris as we make our way towards the ferry in Tarbet. We’ll sail to Uig on the Isle of Skye. The best way to sum up the rest of the day is that we’ll be visiting faery land as we tour Dunvagen Castle and gardens, home of the Fairy Flag, the Fairy bridge where you just might hear a phantom piper or two or be caste into fairyland, and the magically enchanted fairy glen. We’ll overnight on Skye at The Dunollie Hotel or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 7 Wednesday May 31st

We’ll visit even more local sites on the Isle of Skye before we cross the Skye Bridge to drive south into Oban. We’ll take the ferry over to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. We’ll overnight and take in the glorious views at the Glenforsa Hotel. or similar (Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 8 Thursday June 1st

We begin our day traveling on Mull to visit a very unique church in the village of Dervaig, which displays a fascinating window. Journeying South we’ll take an extremely short ferry ride from Fionnphort to reach the Isle of Iona. We’ll overnight between two hotels the St. Columba Hotel and the Argyll Hotel. After settling into our hotel, enjoy some free time before dinner. (Dinner/ Breakfast)

Day 9 Friday June 2nd

Iona is considered to be one of the holiest places in the world.The island is known internationally as the cradle of Scottish Christianity, thanks to the arrival in AD563 of St Columba and his followers. They went on to help spread the religion throughout much of Scotland.The Book of Kells is thought to have been written by the monks of Iona during the 8th or early 9th century AD. It has been described as ‘the most beautiful book in the world’. Today we’ll discover the history, myths, and legends of Iona and the Abbey. Valarie will be leading a guided walk to one the heart center of the island and secluded beaches after lunch. We’ll overnight at the same hotels again. ( Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 10 Saturday June 3

Returning by two ferries to Oban, we’ll have some free time before driving south to visit the prehistoric and magical sites at Kilmartin Glen and Dundadd Fort, the birthplace of the Scottish nation. Driving back into the lowlands of the central bel to Edinburgh. We’ll overnight at the Houston House Hotel or similar. (Dinner/Breakfast)

Day 11 Sunday June 4th

Enjoy some free time in Edinburgh today. Enjoy shopping on the Royal Mile, visiting some of the fine museums in the city, or a visit to Edinburgh Castle. In the early evening we’ll travel to Prestonfield House to enjoy a Scottish Show with full dinner, pipes, song and dance for our farewell dinner. We’ll return to the Houston House Hotel. (Dinner and Breakfast)

Day 12 Monday June 5th

After breakfast we gather for our closing circle and then we’ll be driven to the airport to make our departures for home. Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

Enjoy some free time in Edinburgh today. Enjoy shopping on the Royal Mile, visiting some of the fine museums in the city, or a visit to Edinburgh Castle. In the early evening we’ll travel to Prestonfield House to enjoy a Scottish Show with full dinner, pipes, song and dance for our farewell dinner. We’ll return to the Houston House Hotel. (Dinner and Breakfast)

Tour Includes:
  • 11 nights accommodation at 4 star hotels, or similar
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 8 Dinners
  • Farewell Dinner at Prestonfield House
  • Private coach transportation to all sites on itinerary
  • Local guide services
  • Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
  • Ferry to/from Isle of Lewis
  • Ferry to/from Isle of Harris to Skye
  • Ferry to/from Isle of Mull
  • Ferry to/From Isle of Iona
Added Features:
  • Travel with renowned tour guide and teachers Valarie Budayr, Evans Bowen, and Ivor Heinrichson.
  • Guided tour with Margaret Curtis, local teacher and excavator of the Callanish stones for the past 40 years.
  • Visit to the Celtic Church in Dervaig
  • Travel with a like-minded group of travelers
Tour Does Not Include:
  • Airfare to Scotland
  • Gratuities for driver, and guides
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Cost to obtain valid passport
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks and telephone calls
  • Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary
Tour Price:
  • Double Room: USD $3,125 per person
  • Single Supplement: USD $750
Deposits
$500 ($250 dollars of this deposit is non-refundable).
  • Travel with renowned tour guide and teachers Valarie Budayr, Evans Bowen, and Ivor Heinrichson.
  • Guided tour with Margaret Curtis, local teacher and excavator of the Callanish stones for the past 40 years.
  • Visit to the Celtic Church in Dervaig
  • Travel with a like-minded group of travelers
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