AIA Tours: land

Hiking Scotland’s North Highlands & Isle of Lewis

Tour Dates: July 20-30, 2021 in the planning stages (11 days)

Tour Leader(s): Mary MacLeod Rivett ,

This tour is in the planning stages for the July 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

Join archaeologist Mary MacLeod Rivett and a small group of like-minded travelers on this 11-day tour of Scotland’s remote north Highlands and the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Mostly we will explore off the well-beaten Highland tourist trail, and along the way we will be treated to an abundance of archaeological and historical sites, striking scenery – including high cliffs, sea lochs, sandy and rocky bays, mountains, and glens – and, of course, excellent hiking.
Scotland’s long and varied history stretches back many thousands of years, and archaeological remains ranging from Neolithic cairns and stone circles to Iron Age brochs (ancient dry stone buildings unique to Scotland), medieval castles, and deserted clearance villages cover these landscapes. Seven of our touring days involve hikes of 4.5 to 6 miles per day, and we will rest and reflect in comfortable hotels that extend Highland warmth and hospitality.

“The sites were great and hiking to them in the spectacular land was great. Mary Rivett was so knowledgeable and her overall humor and warm hospitality added a huge dimension to the experience which was complimented by both guides and especially the tour manager’s excellent daily organizing and flexibility.”
-Barbara, California

Pricing:
$TBA (12-15 participants) per person double occupancy
$TBA (10-11 participants) per person double occupancy
$TBA single supplement (limited availability)

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required.  With fewer than 10 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.

Hiking Scotland's North Highlands & the Isle of Lewis: July 13-23, 2020 with archaeologist Mary MacLeod Rivett

Itinerary


This unique tour is more active than our usual land tours and features almost-daily hikes that are easy to moderate in difficulty. To fully enjoy and visit all the sites on this itinerary one should be in good walking condition and, obviously, enjoy walking!
Two minibuses, each with a local driver/guide, will accompany our group, which is limited to only fifteen guests. Our guides will explain in advance the difficulty of each day’s walk(s) and, if you prefer, you can opt out of any walking excursion and be driven to the next stop; but, bear in mind that some sites can only be visited if you walk to them. The distance of and height climbed during each walk is estimated within the detailed itinerary and indicated on the map.

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 20 & 21, 2021: Depart home for Scotland
Thursday, July 22: Dunbeath | Brora
Friday, July 23: Caithness | Brora
Saturday, July 24: Lairg | Northwest Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark | Ardvreck Castle | Lochinver
Sunday, July 25: Clachtoll Broch | River Inver | Lochinver
Monday, July 26: Handa Island | Little Assynt | Lochinver
Tuesday, July 27: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis: Museum nan Eilean, Harris Tweed weaver | Borve
Wednesday, July 28: Callanish Standing Stones | Dun Carloway | Arnol | Loch Mor Bharabhais | Borve
Thursday, July 29: Great Bernera: Bostadh, Breaclete, Traigh Uige | Farewell dinner
Friday, July 30: Stornoway | Fly to Glasgow | Fly home

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This tour is in the planning stages for the July 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

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