Scotland Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Ross OC Jennings

Poetry and Music in the Scottish Lowlands

from $3,320 USD per person for 8 days, 7 nights
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  • 10 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Overland Adventure
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Trip Overview
Overview

Join us as we traverse the Scottish lowlands, tracing the footsteps of one of Scotland’s most beloved bards, Robert Burns. Paying homage to the prolific poet, we’ll abandon the well-trodden trails most tourists take in favor of a meandering, scenic, and staggeringly romantic route. Beginning in the heart of Edinburgh and winding our way south, we’ll partake in a poetry workshop, visit Burns’s childhood home in the coastal village of Ayr, and wander the whimsical Moat Brae—the house believed to have inspired Peter Pan. We’ll chat with Burnsian experts, mingle with poets, and even enjoy a few cozy nights at our bagpiping guide’s parents’ home. Along the way, we’ll explore centuries-old castles, hunker down in cozy pubs, and, if the spirits move us, recite our own address to a haggis.

Highlights
  • Partake in poetry and language workshops
  • Tour a whisky distillery
  • Spend two nights in our guide’s parents’ home
  • Wander the halls of the homes Burns once inhabited
  • Explore coastal towns, relics of castles, and rolling countryside

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Scotland

Trip Leader

Ross Jennings
Ross Jennings is a bagpipe-playing, Guiness World Record–holding adventurer with the goal of piping in every country on Earth. So far he’s ticked off 88, and will be past 100 by the time of your visit! Originally from Scotland, Ross spent most his childhood moving around Asia. He speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and studied economics and Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. When he’s not off on a kilted adventure or leading trips around the world, he lives in Edinburgh. Despite being half-Irish and half-Scottish, he wears the ancient tartan of his mother's Lowland clan, Clan Baird.

Additional Info

Accommodations

For the majority of the trip, we’ll be staying at comfortable, centrally located, 3 and 4-star hotels. We’ll spend two nights at Collin House, the home of our guide Ross’s generous parents, Liz and Brendan Jennings. During our time as guests at the Jennings’ home, please be prepared to share a bathroom with one or two other travelers.

Traveling solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the core of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

(1) Shared room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

(2) Private room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $540. When booking, please select the single room package option.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome drink in Edinburgh at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Edinburgh by 3 p.m. that day so you can settle into your hotel room and rest before meeting up with the group. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 8. If leaving Edinburgh directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking between two and four miles over the course of each day, going up and down stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending time in rural areas and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable, 3 and 4-star boutique hotels as well as a homestay.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout the trip.
  • An experienced guide and driver to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that South West Scotland has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places, hidden sites, and extraordinary experiences.
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Edinburgh. 
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers. (Recommendations for travel between the airport and the Edinburgh hotel will be provided.) 
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a UK visa, if applicable.
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