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Scotland Sojourn


Secrets of the Southwest Coast

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Scotland Sojourn


Luxury Group Travel | 11 Days
  • Authentic rural Scotland: enchanting villages and courageous culture
  • Leisurely walks in the wilderness at Loch Lomond National Park and Isle of Arran
  • Off-the-beaten-track castles, gardens, art, and culinary experiences
  • Robert Burns’ birthplace and Scotland’s oldest lending library
  • Ancient standing stones and cairns at Kilmartin Glenn and Machrie Moor
  • Insider experiences with artists, wildlife experts, historians, and chefs

Take the road less traveled to truly experience Scotland through poetry-inspiring wilderness, crumbling castles, and convivial townspeople in remote villages. Travel south from Edinburgh to the Galloway coast where boundary-pushing artists came to paint and share ideas on the tails of the Scottish Enlightenment. Explore the culture, lore, and stunning scenery on the less-traveled Isle of Arran and enchanting Kintyre Peninsula, whose history is told through Neolithic and medieval monuments, as well as personal exchanges with local Scots. The Scotland travel adventure is rounded out with time spent in the wilds of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where rambles through sensational landscapes and surrounding villages reveal stories of epic battles and natural history.

Trip Overview


Day
1 – 2

Arrive in Edinburgh and take in views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town on a guided afternoon walk Travel to the southern coast, stopping for gothic architecture and modern art along the way.

Day
3

Explore the artful seaside village of Kirkcudbright, a favorite locale of 19th-century painters known as the Glasgow Boys Meet local artists, visit studios, and learn about Scottish art history.

Day
4

Revel in the prose of national bard Robert Burns on a visit to his birthplace in rural Ayrshire Cross the Firth of Clyde by ferry to the Isle of Arran.

Day
5 – 6

Walk into stunning scenery of craggy peaks and verdant moors on the Isle of Arran, a snapshot of Scotland with a medieval castle, neolithic stone circles, whisky tasting, and more.

Day
7 – 8

Crossing to the Kintyre Peninsula, join rangers on a private tour of a beaver reintroduction project, and decode Bronze Age archaeological sites at Kilmartin Glen with a local historian.

Day
9 – 10

Take in the Highland scenery at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where you forage for wild ingredients with a renowned chef Meet the Keeper of Books at Scotland’s oldest lending library and explore the villages of Perthshire.

Day
11

Return to Edinburgh and depart.

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MEET YOUR TRIP LEADER

Carolyn McIntyre

Carolyn McIntyre spent over three decades as a trip leader and award-winning expedition designer with a focus on the Middle East and Islamic culture. She then turned her endless curiosity towards her birthplace, where she studies the rich history and literature of Scotland, sharing it and her sharp wit with travelers.

GeoEx trip leader Carolyn McIntyre

Dates & Prices


Dates

09/11/23 – 09/21/23  

09/25/23 – 10/05/23  

Pricing

Group Trip: From $11,435 per person

based on double occupancy

Inclusions

  • All accommodations
  • Most meals
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • Bottled or filtered water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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