The dates for 2013 are June 2-12. Of course you are free to arrive in Scotland before the tour starts or to
stay afterwards; but we will rendezvous in Edinburgh Airport on the morning of June 2. As in past years,
the tours will cover many parts of Scotland, including the Borders, Ayrshire, Mull, Central Highlands, Perthshire, and Edinburgh.
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Tour of Scotland Today!
The cost of this year's tour is $2975 per person, based on double occupancy.
This price covers all transport and hotels in Scotland, all breakfasts
and dinners, performers' fees and entry to most historical sites. It does
not cover lunches, tips, single room supplement ($450) or airfare. Direct
flights into Edinburgh are available on United (fr Newark); while several other companies have flights via
London, Amsterdam etc. If you plan to use frequent-flyer miles towards
buying your ticket, please book very early as only a few spots are allocated
for such programs.
The basic aim of these tours is to give people the chance to enjoy and learn about Scotland through experiencing
its music and landscape. You will meet and hear performers and songwriters on their home ground, visit the
contexts from which the songs and music have come, and have the chance to enjoy occasional hikes in both the
Lowlands and the Highlands. This is NOT a search for the Scotland of Brigadoon, Braveheart and the Loch Ness
Monster - rather it is a unique opportunity to learn about the music, people, history and landscape of this
amazingly varied country in an interesting, personal and entertaining way.
The tentative itinerary for next June includes 2 nights in Peebles, 2 in Troon,
2 in Mull, 2 in Blair Atholl, and 2 in Edinburgh. There will be free days in Blair Atholl and Edinburgh,
and possibly elsewhere where hiking will be possible, with other activities for non-hikers. Some of the performers
you will probably meet and hear include fiddler Iain Fraser, wonderful singer Karine Polwart, the Singing Kettle children's program, Gaelic singer/folklorist Margaret
Bennett, singer/songwriter Jim Malcolm, bothy songster Scott Gardiner, Edinburgh-based singer Janet Weatherston, and others still to be arranged...….I, and guide Charles Hunter, will also be singing and telling stories throughout the
The 2012 tour was sold out by Thanksgiving 2011, and I have had many enquiries about joining the 2013 tour;
so if you are interested in joining the group, please send in your deposits ASAP to ensure a place (full payment required by March 15, 2013). Once I receive
these, I will send you a detailed proposed itinerary, reading list and other materials. I do very much hope you'll
join us in June! If you have any preliminary questions, please contact me at one of the addresses above.
A' the best...