We invite you to join us for a wonderful adventure that combines hiking in spectacular locations with a wealth of fascinating history, archaeology, and local culture. Leaving from Inverness, our tour takes us in three minivans through the remote North Highlands to the beautiful island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. We return to Glasgow on a one- hour flight.
The north of Scotland is a glorious coastal region of glittering sea lochs (fjords), islands, mountains, and glens just waiting to be explored. Scotland’s coastline stretches for thousands of miles and includes everything from rocky cliffs and shorelines to secluded island beaches, all of which are home to many different species of flora and fauna. The tour will be off the well-beaten Highland tourist trail through some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery. We will visit several archaeological and historical sites and enjoy superb walks in rugged hill terrain, through enchanting glens, and on coastal paths and beaches.
Some of the highlights of our tour include the standing stones of Calanish and a boat trip to and hike on Handa Island with 100,000 breeding seabirds, including puffins. We will explore ancient cairns and the ruins of an Iron Age village. In the Northwest Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark, we will see striking geographical formations, such as the dramatic mountain Suilven and the grand crags of Assynt. The Isle of Lewis, where Gaelic is still spoken alongside English, is steeped in history and culture ranging back thousands of years. You will experience daily the interest and variety woven into the story of Scotland.
John will provide optional readings and lead discussions on Celtic Christianity, rituals of walking in the world’s religions, and the philosophy, psychology, and pleasures of walking. Judith will facilitate workshops using guided meditation, animal oracle cards, and other modalities, along with integrated movement experiences to explore and attune to the spiritual nature of this magical place. Together, we will reflect on and deepen our connections to the Scottish landscapes we traverse.
See more details below and use the Register Now button above to join us. Don’t hesitate – every time this program has been offered, it has sold out quickly.