Scotland and Inner Hebrides Odyssey

May 14-23, 2020

An Odyssey of Discovery in Celtic Scotland

Learn about vibrant and historical Edinburgh and continue your odyssey exploring the magic and beauty of Scotland's west coast and the islands of the Inner Hebrides.

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Scottish Tales

Storytelling is intrinsic to the culture of Scotland with an abundance of historial stories, ghost stories, and tales of faires and kelpies.

It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating. The men are handsome and the whisky delicious. But don't eat the macaroni pies.

JK Rowling
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Scottish Highlands

The rugged beauty of Scotland is breathtaking; peaceful lochs or lakes, waterfalls and towering mountians. The historic significance of the highland clans, Gaelic language, kilts and tartans is embedded here.

Castles Everywhere

Scottish castles, up to 3000 of them at one time, were built for defense. One can imagine knights in shining armor defending them.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Robert Burns
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Scottish Isles

The Inner Hebrides will be the focus of this odyssey; specifically the isles of Mull, Iona, Staffa and Skye. The islands are known to have more wildlife than people. Iona is considered one of the most sacred places on earth. Puffins, golden eagles, dolphins and seals, lochs, towering mountains and fairy pools are just some of the highlights.

Be happy while your living, for you're a long time deid.

Odyssey Details

May 14-23, 2020

Odyssey Includes

Cost includes lodging, land transportation, all breakfasts, other meals as indicated in the itinerary, morning meditation and/or gentle chair yoga as appropriate, odyssey guides, local guide, entrance fees. Small group experience, max 10 people.

Cost does not include travel insurance, taxi/shuttle transport from the Edinburgh airport to lodging, gratuities, airline transport.

Scotland Odyssey

Cost: $(cost will be determined soon) with a minimum of 4 people. Based on double occupancy, with limited single rooms at an additional cost. If you are willing to share but we are unable to pair you with a same-gender roommate, you will not be charged the single supplement fee.

Contact us if interested. A deposit of $500 will hold your place. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Read the terms and conditions and fill out the registration form. Registration/Terms and Conditions

Physical Levels: Easy to Moderate. It is active and we walk a lot. Bring good walking shoes. Pack light with one piece of carry-on rolling luggage plus a day pack or shoulder bag.

ITINERARY

The intinerary is in the process of being developed. This is a rough outline,

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5/14/2020 Thursday - Late morning welcoming experience, walk the famous Royal Mile, see the 17th century Holyrood Palace. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most important castles with the Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny.
5/15/2020 Friday - Enjoy the view at Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags. Learn about the 15th century Roslyn Chapel with its esoteric engravings and depictions of the pagan Green Man. Learn more about Celtic myth and the Holy Grail.
5/16/2020 Saturday - Depart by train to Glasgow and then to Oban. Walk around Oban in the afternoon and enjoy the the sea of the West coast of Scotland.
5/17/2020 Sunday - Oban
5/18/2020 Monday - Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull in the morning. The 13th century Duart Castle has been home to the clan MacLean for 800 years. It has been reconstructed, allowing one to see how it used to be. Mull is the second larges island offering an abundance of wildlife and rugged terrain. Golden eagles, puffins, white-tailed sea eagles, dolphins, and seals are just some of the animals that can be seen. It has also has a rugged landscape, beautiful lochs, beaches and waterfalls.
5/19/2020 Tuesday - Take the ferry to the Isle of Iona and Isle of Staffa. Iona is considered a very sacred island and houses the Iona Abby, founded by St Columba in 563 AD. The cemetary has 48 Scottish kings, 8 kings of Norway, 4 Irish kings and 2 French kings buried there. The Book of Kells was created on Iona in 800 AD.
5/20/2020 Wednesday - Depart by train to Mallaig and then take the ferry to the Isle of Sky
5/21/2020 Thursday - Explore the fairy pools of Skye,
5/22/2020 Friday - Depart by ferry from Skye and take the train to Edinburgh, stop in Inverness on the way
5/23/2020 Saturday - Depart to your next destination or home.