June 15-24, 2017
Deadline to Register: November 30, 2016
Walker College Foundation, Inc. announces its 2017 Summer Alumni and Friends overseas trip to Scotland on June 15-24, 2017. For fans of the Outlander series, single-malt Scotch, world-famous golf, or ancestry research, this trip has something for everyone and is open to anyone who is interested in traveling abroad.
Travelers will have ten days to explore ancient castles and rolling landscapes from Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh. The group will experience the well-known Scottish icons in the city and then head off the beaten path into the untamed Highlands and through craggy hillsides laden with lochs and Gaelic-speaking villages.
Glasgow, the first stop on the trip, is the largest city in Scotland, and the third largest in the United Kingdom. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain and one of Great Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies. Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Scottish Highlands, also known as the Hielands, are a historic region of Scotland. The region became culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands from the later Middle Ages when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout most of the Lowlands. The area is very sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis.
Edinburgh, the last stop on the trip, is the capital city of Scotland, located in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. It is the second most populous city in Scotland and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. Recognized as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city is also home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery, and the University of Edinburgh. The city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom after London, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year.
The cost of the 10-day Scotland trip is approximately $3,800 per person (double room) and includes roundtrip airfare from Birmingham, eight overnight stays in handpicked hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast daily, three local dinners, a full-time multilingual tour director, private deluxe motor coach, guided tours, and admission costs for included attractions. The optional three-day extension in Edinburgh is an additional $349.
The itinerary for the trip includes:
Day 1&2: Flight and arrival in Glasgow.
Day 3: Tour of Glasgow including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, George Square, the River Clyde, and the city’s medieval cathedral.
Day 4: Travel to the Scottish Highlands through Trossachs National Park. Pass along the banks of Loch Lomond and stop in Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 MacDonald clan massacre.
Day 5: Explore Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s most mysterious sites.
Day 6: Spend the day exploring the Highlands on your own or add an excursion.
Day 7: Head to Edinburgh with a stop in Perthshire, Blair Castle, and the Edradour distillery.
Day 8: Get to know Edinburgh in with a local tour. View Georgian New Town, the Royal Mile, the King George statue, Bute House, the Sir Walter Scott monument, and Edinburgh Castle.
Day 9: Enjoy a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.
Day 10&11: Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Edinburgh.
Day 11: Free day in Edinburgh.
Day 12: Departure for home.
Tour arrangements are through Education First’s Go Ahead Tours division. Deadline to enroll is November 30, 2016 and final payment date is April 6, 2017. A detailed itinerary with trip costs and a link to enroll may be found online at www.hollytrawick.grouptoursite.com or on the Walker College Foundation website - www.wcfdn.org. Participants may also enroll by phone at 800-206-9871. Discounts are available for those who have traveled on a previous Education First (EF) Tour.
For more information about the Walker College Foundation’s Alumni and Friends travel program, contact Holly Trawick at 205-310-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.