Highlands, Islands, and Cities.
May 10 - 19, 2018
Our tour will begin in the storied city of Glasgow where we will learn about its industrial development, varied and colorful theatrical history, and thriving music scene. From there we will go to beautiful Loch Lomond, Inverary Castle (the ancestral home of the Campbell clan), and the Kilmartin Valley which is rich in magnificent antiquities many of which date back over 5,000 years.
After a night in the picturesque port town of Oban, we will take a ferry to the Outer Hebrides, where we will spend four days on the islands of North and South Uist, Harris, and Lewis, home to some of the most extraordinary antiquities in Europe and some of the oldest and most remarkable singing traditions which we enjoy in intimate performance
A ferry will take us from Harris to Skye where we'll spend the day with a local singer and tour guide and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
We will travel along Loch Ness to the lovely city of Inverness nestled in the heart of the Highlands. From there we'll go to the somber battlefield of Culloden, the site of the famed battle which saw the decisive defeat of the Jacobite insurgents by the English that led to the wholesale Scottish clearances and the forced migrations to the United States and Canada.
After learning about the background to the bloody rebellion and its grim aftermath, we'll head south via the town of Dunkeld to Blair Castle where we'll learn about the long and complex history of the Dukes of Atholl and the Atholl Highlanders - the only private army left in Europe. Our tour will conclude with two days in the magical city of Edinburgh with its profusion of scenic sights.
In the special concerts each evening after dinner Mick will be joined by master fiddler Athena Tergis, virtuoso concertina player Brenda Castles, and a glittering array of some of the most brilliant Scottish musicians in the land.