Scotland and Inner Hebrides Odyssey

September 16-25, 2021

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.

Glasgow Univ.
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
Scottish Highlands
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.

Scottish castle
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
Scottish isles
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

September 16-25, 2021 (dates may change due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

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 guide-Char Selsvold, local guides, entrance fees. Small group experience, max 10 people.

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

Scotland Odyssey

Cost: $TBD(cost based on post COVID-19 conditions) 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.

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Read and sign 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

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- Welcoming and orientation in the morning. In the afternoon, we will join our local guide for a walk through Edinburgh's historic Old Town and the stately majesty of the New Town(2-3 hours). Discover a fascinating history from the turmoil of the Middle Ages to the transformation of the Scottish enlightenment. You will walk down the cobblestone streets, heaving tall tales, descriptions of pagan festivals and historical events. In the evening you may relax, or explore a couple of possibilities from the mini-itinerary. L, Overnight in Edinburgh
-Day trip to Rosslyn Chapel. Learn about the 15th century Roslyn Chapel with its esoteric engravings and depictions of the pagan Green Man. The green man symbolized the capacity for great goodness as well as the capacity for evil. The vines or foliage sprouting from the mouth are said to represent nature’s fertility. Learn more about Celtic myth and the Holy Grail. Roslyn Chapel has a long history of mystery, You will learn about the connection to the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail and many other stories. Later, you are free to explore one of several items on the mini-itinerary at your leisure or simply relax and have tea or maybe some local whiskey. . B,L Overnight in Edinburgh
- This is a slow travel day via train and ferry. Sit back and enjoy it. We will depart by train to Glasgow(1 hr) and then to the small seaport village of Oban which in Gaelic means Little Bay(3.5). It is also considered the seafood capital of Scotland. We can walk the sandy beaches while enjoying the lovely scenery, visit Dunollie, possibly visit a distillery, visit the museum and enjoy the many little shops. B, Overnight in Oban
- We will go by ferry (55 min.) to the Isle of Lismore today. Lismore or in Gaelic, Lies Mor, means The Great Garden. Lismore has wild landscapes, ruined Viking castles, Pictish settlements and 2500 yr old brochs or farms. We have a local guide take us on a 3 hr journey that will include the Gaelic Heritage Center and have a picnic. B,L Overnight Oban
- We depart early to Isle of Mull, take a bus to the next port of Fionnphort. and then sail to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa, watching for sightings of whales, dolphins, seals and Sea Eagles which are iconic to the North-West coast of Mull. Prepare for Puffin therapy, comical and inquisitive birds that will be nesting in burrows in the grassy hillside. After spending up to two hours ashore exploring the Treshnish Isles, we take the short 15 minute crossing to the geological wonder of Staffa, where there is a sea cave, a natural cathedral called Fingal’s Cave, formed completely in hexagonally jointed basalt. It is here, in 1829, that the world famous composer Felix Mendelssohn composed the Hebrides Overture. B, B, Overnight Oban
-A ferry journey to the Isle of Mull, followed by a bus through a beautiful area to Fionnphort and then a short ferry ride to Isle of Iona. We’ll have an easy day of gentle beach walks on the Isle of Iona, learning more about the history. Iona is considered a very sacred island and houses the Iona Abby, founded by St Columba in 563 AD. The cemetery 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. Overnight Oban/Iona B, L Overnight Oban
5/20/2020 Wednesday - Depart by train to Mallaig and then take the ferry to the Isle of Skye, the second largest of Scotland’s islands and known for its spectacular scenery. BOvernight on the Isle of Skye
- Day tour with a local guide on a minibus in the Isle of Skye, including the Fairy Ponds. B, LOvernight on the Isle of Skye
- Slow travel day by train to Edinburgh, going through the Scottish Highlands B Overnight in Edinburgh
- Depart to your next destination or home. B