As it is time for the second leg of our British Isles trilogy, we venture now to Scotland! From Edinburgh to Glasgow, we investigate the history, geography, and culture of this ancient and lovely land, discovering the spirit of the Scottish people.

At a glance

What: Scotland

When: May 19-Jun 5, 2018

Cost: $6,495


For additional information, contact: Doug Whittle» 608-263-7787 or Maureen Friend» 608-263-7055.

What you'll experience

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Upon our arrival in Edinburgh, we do a panoramic tour in the morning that takes in the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, and Calton Hill, then visit the National Museum of Scotland in the afternoon. Our second day in the city takes us to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Real Mary King’s Close, a warren of hidden 17th century streets beneath the Royal Mile. On our final day in Edinburgh, we visit the graceful ruins of 12th century Dryburgh Abbey and the elegant 15th century ruins of Melrose Abbey.

Departing Edinburgh, we head north to Perth. Stopping in St Andrews, we visit St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Castle, and then make our way to magnificent Scone Palace, once the crowning place of the kings of Scots. In Perth, we visit Blair Castle and the romantic Dunkeld Cathedral on the River Tay.

Then we’re off to Aberdeen, along the way visiting Crathes Castle, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles in all of Scotland. In Aberdeen, we visit the award-winning Maritime Museum and the following day we move on to Inverness, stopping en route to visit the 14th century Cawdor Castle and the Clava Cairns, a 4,000-year-old cemetery complex from the Bronze Age. Our last stop of the day is the Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre where, in 1746, the Jacobite and British armies dramatically changed the course of Scotland’s history.

We next visit the historic Glenmorangie Distillery by the shores of Dornoch Firth and the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses, Dunrobin Castle, before arriving in Thurso, our gateway to the Orkney Islands. On our tenth day in Scotland, we take a ferry to visit the Ring of Brodgar, one of the most spectacular prehistoric monuments in the British Isles; Skara Brae and Skaill House, the best-preserved prehistoric houses in Western Europe; and Maeshowe, a superb example of Neolithic architecture. On the islands, we also visit St Magnus Cathedral. Its construction began in 1137, and the cathedral is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in all of Scotland.

From Thurso, we take the spectacular scenic route down Scotland’s west coast to Ullapool, the next day crossing the central highlands for a cruise on Loch Ness and a visit to the dramatically located Urquhart Castle before arriving in Fort William.

From Fort William, we explore the tradition-rich and scenic Isle of Skye before moving on to Oban, the base from which we visit the Isle of Mull and Iona Abbey and Nunnery, one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites.

Our last stop is Glasgow, where we visit Inveraray Jail, the Scottish Wool Centre, the Cathedral of St Mungo, and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.

Join us for a proper tour of Scotland!


Sat May 19

  • Depart USA for Edinburgh

Sun May 20 — Arrive Edinburgh

  • City tour and the National Museum of Scotland

Mon May 21 — Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Real Mary King’s Close

Tue May 22 — Edinburgh

  • Dryburgh Abbey and Melrose Abbey

Wed May 23 — to Perth

  • St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle, and Scone Palace

Thu May 24 — Perth

  • Blair Castle and Dunkeld Cathedral

Fri May 25 — to Aberdeen

  • Crathes Castle and a city tour

Sat May 26 — Aberdeen

  • The Maritime Museum and some free time

Sun May 27 — to Inverness

  • Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns, and Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre

Mon May 28 — to Thurso

  • Glenmorangie Distillery and Dunrobin Castle

Tue May 29 — Orkney Islands

  • Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Skaill House, Maeshowe, and St Magnus Cathedral

Wed May 30 — to Ullapool

  • Scenic drive via Ardveck Castle and Calda House

Thu May 31 — to Fort William

  • Loch Ness cruise and Urquhart Castle

Fri Jun 1 — Isle of Skye

  • Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye

Sat Jun 2 — Oban

  • Isle of Mull and Iona Abbey and Nunnery

Sun Jun 3 — to Glasgow

  • Inveraray Jail and Scottish Wool Centre

Mon Jun 4 — Glasgow

  • City tour, Cathedral of St Mungo, St Mungo Museum, and farewell dinner

Tue Jun 5 — Depart Glasgow for USA


Important information:

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome to join us, and we assure you of a wonderful educational experience. You will enjoy private transportation, comfortable hotels, outstanding cultural and historical sites, dramatic landscapes, and friendly people throughout your journey with us to Scotland. We will change hotels often and ask you to understand that this trip includes the normal amount of walking in order to visit the country properly. You should expect some uneven ground, stone stairs, cobbled streets, changing weather, and all of the sights, sounds, and friendliness of this special country.


The price of this trip is $6,495 based upon double occupancy. This includes your international round-trip airfare to Scotland and all ground transportation during your visit; all of your lodging; entry fees at all 29 educational sites; all coach services and boat tickets; all guide services; and all university staff services. Daily breakfast, 16 lunches, and 9 dinners are included in this price.

Single supplement is $850.

Travel insurance:


Your deposit is non-refundable. We urge you to purchase trip cancellation coverage as part of your travel insurance to recover your costs if you must cancel your plans to join us. Travel insurance information will be included in your registration confirmation packet.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us ahead of time. Requests are confidential. This program is offered by UW-Madison in cooperation with UW-Extension.


Edinburgh (3 nights): Village Urban Resort Hotel
Perth (2 nights): Best Western Lovat Hotel
Aberdeen (2 nights): Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel
Inverness (1 night): Royal Highland Hotel
Thurso (2 nights): Norseman Hotel
Ullapool (1 night): Royal Hotel
Fort William (2 nights): Innseagan House Hotel
Oban (1 night): Knipoch Hotel
Glasgow (2 nights): Premier Inn Argyle Street

Questions about this trip or other upcoming Educational Travel destinations? Contact Doug Whittle, 608-263-7787,, or Maureen Friend, 608-263-7055,

Registration: To register, complete the registration form and mail it to:
Maureen Friend
Educational Travel Program
21 N Park St., 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

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