About the ‘Walking & Music in the Scottish Highlands’ Tour
We will rendezvous at Glasgow Airport, head off through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, and then on over Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. We'll have time for a stop on route to stretch our legs and breathe in the fresh Highland air. Welcome dinner and area orientation. On one of the evenings, we'll be joined by a local musician, followed by a wee session or ceilidh for all to watch or join in. Driving Time: 3.5 hours; Walking Time: 1 – 2 hours; Meals: Dinner.
Considered one of the most spectacularly beautiful areas in Scotland, Glen Coe is one of the most popular of the Highland Glens. With its green valley and brooding mountains, the area has long attracted walker and climbers. We'll explore the protected area managed by the National Trust for Scotland, with the possibility of walking down the glen itself, or over a bit of the well-known long distance footpath, the West Highland Way. Walking Time: 3 – 5 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.
We head west today, by Glenfinnan and the "Road to the Isles", to Mallaig before taking the ferry to the mystical Isle of Skye, our base for the next couple of days. Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides, an island of moody landscapes, vibrant music and passionate people. We have 2 nights on the island and will meet up with a local musician to discover the areas favourite tunes.
A day will not be long enough, but it will give us a taste of the island.
Heading toward Inverness today, we'll journey across the Skye bridge, the Highlands, through dramatic Glen Shiel to Loch Ness, the most famous of the four lochs (lakes) spanning the length of the Great Glen. We'll stop for a walk or possibly a sail to do some Nessie spotting, before following the shores of Loch Ness northward to Inverness, our base for the next two nights. We may visit the traditional music pub Hootananny's for a ceilidh or session. Again on one of the nights we will be joined by a local musician. Driving Time: 3 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.
Situated on the banks of the inner Moray Firth, Inverness lies at the northeast end of the huge rift valley the Great Glen. As well as going for a walk in the area and exploring the town, there may be opportunities to cycle along the Caledonian Canal or go for a boat ride on Loch Ness. Driving Time: 3 hours; Walking Time: 1 – 2 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.
Today we head south to the Dunkeld area via the Cairngorms National Park. This is Britain's largest national park, encompassing the most extensive mountainous area in the UK, along with nearly one quarter of the native woodlands in Scotland, and 25% of all the threatened wildlife in the UK. There will be time for a walk onroute or possibly a visit to Edradour distillery.
A hotspot of traditional music, Dunked / Birnam will be our base for the next two nights. The countryside surrounding this unspoiled village, with its enchanting woodlands, charming lochs and ancient dwellings, is some of the most beautiful in Perthshire, also known as Big Tree Country. We may sit in at a traditional music session at one of the local pubs (those who do not play instruments can heckle those who do!), and the other evening we'll be joined by a local musician. Driving Time: 3 hours; Walking Time: 2 hours; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.
Today we'll visit Blair Castle, where Niel Gow used to play for dances in the 18th Century. We have special permission from the castle to allow Ed Pearlman to play Niel Gow's own violin for our group in a private event in the private library, normally off-limits to the public, and get a private tour of the castle.
Then we'll have a walk in and around Dunkeld, home of Niel Gow, visiting Gow's grave and cottage, and the 13th century Dunkeld Cathedral. Farewell dinner. Walking Time: 2 – 3 hours: Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, we will head first to Stirling for a visit to Stirling Castle. The trip will end with a transfer to Glasgow arriving around 4pm. Driving Time: 2 hours; Meals: Breakfast.
Please Note: All our itineraries are subject to change. Walks will be weather dependent and musical events and guests may be altered or added.
‘Walking & Music in the Scottish Highlands’ Tour: What's Included?
Your holiday includes:
- 8 nights B&B accommodation
- 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 2 evening meals
- Several music concerts and specially arranged private performances by musical guests
- Ferry to Skye
- Entry fees as needed – Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Culloden, Blair Castle
- Scottish fiddler and music columnist Ed Pearlman provides relaxed opportunities for travellers interested in playing music and dancing, and background for appreciating our guest musicians
- Walking guide for the duration, knowledgeable, friendly & a terrific storyteller
- All group safety equipment
- V.A.T at the current rate of 20%
Eight nights will be spent in B&B's.
Rooms are on a twin share arrangement. If booking as an individual we will match you up with a room mate of the same sex.
During this hike, trip members' luggage will be transported with the group between accommodations. We ask that you limit your overnight bag to a maximum of 15kg (33lbs) in weight. In addition you may bring a small day pack for walks and your musical instrument. Surplus baggage can be stored for you for the duration of the trip if you're staying longer.
What's not included in your tour:
- Any additional meals not specified
- Optional or individual excursions
- Items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.)
Our Walking & Music in the Scottish Highlands trip is primarily a cultural walking tour. However, there will be a number of opportunities for trip members to participate in musical sessions, either by playing or listening. Trip members are welcome to bring small, easily transportable musical instruments, including fiddles.
You'll love exploring Scotland with C-N-Do
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