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Highlights
  • The Head Gardener of the famous Inverewe Gardens escorts you around the exotic plantings and gives unique insights into this remarkable outdoor space.
  • On a night-time walking excursion, search out pine martens, otters, badgers and other nocturnally active creatures.
  • Explore the Aigas estate’s moorland, native pinewoods, birch woodland, exotic plantation and freshwater loch.

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Discover the mystic Scottish Highlands on foot during this outdoor learning adventure led by renowned author-naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye and his team of rangers. Your base of exploration is Aigas Field Centre, Scotland’s premier field station centered on Lister-Kaye’s baronial family home. Walk through moorland and secluded glens, past Dog Falls and Glen Affric. Learn about Highlands ecology and wildflowers and look for native wildlife including red deer, red grouse, peregrine falcons and red kite.

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Walking in the Scottish Highlands

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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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Don't go! March 2017

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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

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  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day One:            

In Transit: Overnight flights from North America.

Day Two:            

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Arrive To: Glasgow. Walk 300 yards to the hotel.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm. Ask at Reception for the location of lunch.

Afternoon: Your Aigas Ranger/Group Leader will arrrive by early afternoon. At leisure until a welcome meeting in the hotel at 5:00pm before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day Three: Scenic transfer to the Highlands.     

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Day-long transfer to Aigas Field Center in Inverness-shire with information about and stops en route at Luss (Loch Lomond), Tyndrum, Glencoe and Spean Bridge.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Continue to Aigas with stops en route, including Drumnadrochit. Please note, the proposed route is subject to change due to weather, traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Arrival at Aigas in time for afternoon tea and welcome. Aigas Field Centre is based at the House of Aigas, a Victorian sporting lodge purchased by Sir John Lister-Kaye in 1977. In addition to the main house the estate comprises an extensive arboretum, formal gardens, native pinewoods, birch woodland, exotic plantation, moorland and agricultural land as well as a picturesque freshwater loch. This range of habitats attracts a myriad of wildlife, with over 120 different species of birds recorded, and many of Scotland’s larger mammals including pine marten, otter, badger and deer. We will meet before dinner to discuss domestic arrangements for the week ahead and to talk about wish lists.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas, the home of Sir John and Lady Lucinda Lister-Kaye. Meals eaten in the baronial hall surrounded by family portraits and Victorian artefacts.

Evening: At leisure. Drinks available in the lounge for cash payments. Use of the extensively stocked library of history and natural history books, wall map of northern Scotland. The old Victorian dining room is now used as a guest common room.

Day Four: Sir John Lister-Kaye lectures on the history of t...       

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Continental breakfast with pinhead porridge.

Morning: Sir John will introduce you to the complex history of the Highlands with special reference to the Victorian sporting era and the 19th century conversion of the House of Aigas from a Highland tacksman’s house to a sporting lodge, setting the historical scene for the week.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in Aigas.

Afternoon: Later on this afternoon we will head to the remains of three Bronze Age hut circles and perched on a nearby hill, the remains of a typical Iron Age fort, evidence of Aigas' continuous occupation for over 3000 years. We shall carry on across old peat cuttings to the summit, a good place to orientate, with views of Strathglass and the country surrounding the House of Aigas. Look out for hen harriers, peregrine falcons, ravens, red grouse and red deer. If we have the time and energy we will continue across the moor to Aigas Woods, a wonderful pinewood relic of great Forest of Caledon, which once covered the majority of the Highlands. A good selection of typical pinewood plant species grow here and if lucky we may see Scottish crossbills, Britain’s only endemic bird. We will walk back to Aigas House on quiet forest tracks and paths. Walking of up to four miles, including some rough walking.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in Aigas House.

Evening: Evening trips with fully trained Aigas Rangers to the Pine Marten and Badger Hides, badger spotting, roe deer and tawny owls. Interpreted trips to the Beaver Hide to see the thriving family of beavers in their natural habitat. From the Tree Top Hide, see Red Squirrels, Red Kite, buzzards and ravens and take in the views of the valley of the River Beauly.

Day Five: West Coast and Inverewe Gardens    

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Today we’ll head west to experience a leisurely visit to the famous Inverewe Gardens, on the West Coast, which lies beyond the majestic mountain landscape of Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. The land was purchased by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862 and he spent the majority of his time over the next forty years creating these wonderful gardens. We will be led on a guided tour by one of the gardeners, who will be able to provide a unique insight into this remarkable place. The balmy Gulf Stream Drift promotes the luxuriant growth of plants from all around the world - Tasmanian eucalyptus and New Zealand daisy bushes vie for attention with woodland containing a canopy of Scots pine, underplanted with many unusual plants such as meconopsis and the primula Inverewe. Winding walks, rising and falling, give sudden glimpses of shimmering water through the foliage. Firm paths with a maximum walk of two miles.

Lunch: Lunch is included today.

Afternoon: Field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas.

Evening: At leisure.

Day Six: The Black Isle. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Today we will travel east to the Black Isle, a mosaic of habitats surrounded by internationally important estuarine waters of the Moray and Cromarty Firths. This peninsula to the north and east of Inverness was the location for the first UK re-introductions of the red kite in 1989. These are now widespread, with around 50 breeding pairs in the north of Scotland population - the majority of them on the Black Isle. Habitats including pebble shores and cliffs are carpeted with thrift, stonecrop and campion. The interior is rich agricultural land intermixed with areas of native woodland, forestry and old hedgerows. We will walk through the private estate surrounding the ruined castle at Redcastle, which contain a lovely open woodland and is a prime spot for nesting raptors. We will carry on along the shore of the Beauly Firth where we can expect a host of wetland birds and hedgerow flowers. We will visit the ruined cathedral at Fortrose before heading towards Chanonry Point which is one of the best sites for spotting our resident bottlenose dolphins whilst looking for some of the interesting coastal flowers.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: In the afternoon the field trip continues. Time permitting, we may take a stroll through Drummondreach ancient oakwoods or investigate the Georgian fishing village of Cromarty. There will be options of shorter or longer walks of between three and six miles today.

Dinner: In the baronial hall in the House of Aigas,

Evening: Highland house party activity.

Day Seven: Glen Strathfarrar.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Today we will be exploring one of the most beautiful secluded glens through moorland, woodland and forests where we will hope to find northern marsh, heath spotted and fragrant orchids, clubmoss, yellow pimpernel, dwarf cornel, the insectivorous butterwort and sundews. The hills here are home to thousands of red deer and even a few feral goats. An abundance of freshwater lochs and rivers means this is an ideal opportunity to find whooper swan, little grebe, red-breasted merganser, tufted duck and goosander, with dippers and grey wagtails flitting over the fast-flowing streams. Sparrowhawks are often seen skillfully navigating the mixed woodland and we’ll search the craggy ridges for the resident golden eagles soaring overhead. Rough paths, gentle hill climb onto hill ridge, up to five miles.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: At leisure.

Day Eight: Corrie Loch. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: This morning we will head off towards Glen Affric for a loop route walk which will take us past Dog Falls and the secluded Corrie Loch. At the bottom of the bowl is a nationally important site for dragonflies, with fourteen different species breeding there. It is one of the lesser-known areas in the Highlands and a hidden gem. Woodland trail up to four miles.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Field trip continues.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: At leisure.

Day Nine: Aigas day.     

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Aigas Field Centre and House of Aigas

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: This morning we will spend exploring the gardens at Aigas which have been reinstated by Lady Lister-Kaye around the extensive Victorian arboretum with specimens from as far as Japan, New Zealand and California. The formal gardens have flowerbeds, a pond and areas of shrubbery. There are also native birch woods, Scots pine with a juniper understorey and many fine trees such as Douglas, Noble and grand fir. Later this morning we will have the chance to spend a leisurely morning in the small village of Beauly. There will be time to visit the 13th Century Priory, Campbell’s Tweedshop (of Royal patronage) and the option of a tour to the local distillery.

Lunch: Packed lunch is included although you may wish to sample local fare in Beauly-there are pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants--even a fish and chip shop!

Afternoon: In the afternoon we will visit Reelig Glen, a charming 19th Century woodland walk popular with local people and which hosts a profusion of native and exotic species of plants and trees. Woodland trail up to two miles.

Dinner: In the baronial hall.

Evening: Farewell with traditional pipe music.

Day Ten: Scenic transfer to Glasgow.     

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport

Breakfast: Continental breakfast and pinhead porridge.

Morning: Depart Aigas, transfer to Glasgow with information about and stops en route at Ruthven Barracks and Pitlochry.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: Continue to Glasgow with stops en route, including Blackford. Please note, the proposed route is subject to change due to weather, traffic or other unforeseen circumstances.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day Eleven:       

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk 300 yards to Glasgow Airport for return flights to North America.

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Details
Trip Includes
  • 9 nights of accommodations
  • 27 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 2 Expert-led lectures
  • 11 Field trips
  • 2 Hands-on experiences
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • International Transportation
  • Passport charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

27 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Glasgow
End City
Glasgow

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