Day 1 Mon 9th Sept
Meet flight Glasgow Airport, am. Drive to Glenelg via Loch
Lomond. Lunch in Tyndrum. Some short stops on the way at places
of historical interest.
Day 2 Tue 10th Sept
Morning off. Afternoon drive round Glenelg
Day 3 Wed 11th Sept
Morning hike to Glen Beag to visit the Pictish Broch Towers
and hear about the early history of the area. Afternoon hike
in Glen More to hear about more recent history - the Jacobite
Rebellions and the Clearances.
Day 4 Thurs 12th Sept
Hike to Sandaig Islands, former home of Gavin Maxwell and
setting for "Ring of Bright Water".
Day 5 Fri 13th Sept
Visit to the Isle of Rum (Drive to South Skye and then on
by Power Boat). Stay overnight at the old Hunting Lodge, Kinloch
Day 6 Sat 14th Sept
Talk and walk on Rum hearing about the Natural History of
the Island from the resident wildlife wardens. Return to Glenelg.
Day 7 Sun 15th Sept
Day 8 Mon 16th Sept
Drive to Plockton High School to visit the Centre of Excellence
in Traditional Music. This residential unit was set up two
years ago to provide a specialized educational program for
young people from all over the Highlands and Islands who are
talented traditional musicians.
Day 9 Tue 17th Sept
Hike up Glen Arnisdale led by a local man, Willie Mackenzie,
and hear his stories from local history, culture and folklore.
Day 10 Wed 18th Sept
Drive to South Skye to visit Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic
College, and Armadale Castle the ancestral home of Clan Donald.
Time to visit the Castle Gardens, Museum (featuring a presentation
on the Lordship of the Isles) and Genealogy Library. Handy
Day 11 Thurs 19th Sept
Day 12 Fri 20th Sept
Drive to Carbisdale Castle on the Sutherland border. This
former home of the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland is now a
Youth Hostel, set in its own extensive grounds. It is a magnificent
wood-panelled building stuffed full of art-work, notably a
large and valuable collection of marble statues. It is reputedly
Day 13 Sat 21st Sept
Onward to Gill's Bay on the north coast where we take the
ferry to the Orkney Islands. We are staying in hostels in
St Margaret's Hope on the island of South Ronaldsay for two
nights. On Saturday evening we will visit the henge monuments,
the Standing Stones of Stenness, and one of the most powerful
ancient sites on the planet - a World Heritage Site and THE
place to be on the Equinox - The Ring of Brodgar.
Day 14 Sun 22nd Sept
Another day in Orkney visiting other antiquities - the Mesoolithic
Tomb of Maes Howe, the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae,
the village of Stromness, the incredibly beautiful Italian
Chapel (built by Italian POWs in WWII in a tin Nissen Hut),
and a potter who lives and works on the Island of Harray.
Yes, he's a Harray Potter.
Day 15 Mon 23rd Sept
Return directly to Glenelg.
Day 16 Tue 24th Sept
Day trip to visit the splendidly medieval island castle, Eilean
Donan, ancestral home of Clan Macrae. Tour of the castle and
lunch at their centre. Onward to local fishing port, Kyle
of Lochalsh where we'll be given a short presntation on the
place by the Harbourmaster, Johnnie "Ach" Macrae.
Day 17 Wed 25th Sept
Drive to the Trotternish peninsula at the northern end of
the Isle of Skye. Stay overnight in Dun Flodigarry Backpackers
Hostel. Visit to a restored Blackhouse village.
Day 18 Thurs 26th Sept
Hike up into the mist-shrouded (usually) basaltic butresses
of the stunning mountain ridge that is called "The Quiraing".
After lunch another hike to Ruadh Huinish, the northernmost
point on Skye to see a Cleared Blackhouse village and do some
whale-watching and bird-watching from the cliffs.
Day 19 Fri 27th Sept
Day trip to Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands.
Time to have a look round and to visit the Battlefield site
Day 20 Sat 28th Sept
Drive south to spend a last night at the Trossachs Backpackers
Hostel outside Callander.
Day 21 Sun 29th Sept
Return to Glasgow
In addition to the activities listed,
we will also have presentations in Glenelg from musicians,
a storyteller, and other occasional speakers.