Join us as we travel to some very special places in Scotland in September, 2019!
We will fly into Inverness, a picturesque city in the Scottish Highlands, and will spend the afternoon and evening enjoying its cultural and gastronomic offerings and staying the night at a lovely hotel on the Ness River in the center of town.
The next day we will take a scenic coastal train ride to the northern coastal town of Wick and from there will head to Freswick Castle, a historic property with Viking and Medieval architecture located next to the sea.
Over the next five days we'll enjoy enjoy Freswick Castle's hospitality, including walks on the bay and scenic hikes overland, tasting local whiskies by the fire, good conversation over home-cooked meals, special programs led by our host, screenwriter and playwright Murray Watts, optional landscape painting lessons from artist-in-residence Monique Sliedrecht, and more. We'll also visit notable nearby sites including the seaside villages of Wick and John O'Groats for shopping, eating, and historical places, the breathtaking Duncansby Stacks, and the northernmost point of mainland Britain: Dunnet Head. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, puffins, and other wildlife, and enjoy shopping for unique finds including local wool products, artisanal jewelry, and more. We'll also have the option to tour award-winning Old Pultney whisky distillery in Wick! Other options for exploring: The Castle of Mey (the Queen's former residence in Scotland, featured in Netflix's "The Crown) , the beautiful ruins of Keiss Castle and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, neolithic cairns at Camster, and more.
Our final day and night will be spent on the Orkney Islands, a ferry ride away, where you can visit shops and restaurants, explore the natural beauty of the islands, see awe-inspiring neolithic sites including the Skara Brae settlement and the Ring of Brodgar standing stones, and see WWII historical sites.
As with other parts of Scotland such as the island of Iona, it's said that Caithness is a "thin place", a place where the barrier between heaven and earth is narrow. Whether you're looking for a spiritual or contemplative journey, or simply a fun time in a place of great natural beauty and cultural significance, you'll be inspired by the vistas, the good company, and the visible footprints left by Celts, Picts, Vikings, and other inhabitants of this special place.
Leaving Caithness, we'll spend another afternoon and night enjoying Inverness before flying out the next day.
**Bonus: Optional extension to Aberdeen and Edinburgh September 22-26
See Itinerary for more information