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. We’ll journey from Inverness through the remote North Highlands to the beautiful island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. We’ll finish with a one-hour flight to Glasgow, in case you want to extend your stay in 1990’s City of Culture.
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. Our itinerary takes us 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.
We’ll see the standing stones of Calanish and take a boat trip to and hike on Handa Island with its 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 view 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. We’ll 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.