CCSNA Scotland 2020 Trip
The Clan Campbell Society (North America) 2020 Scotland trip by 40 seater bus & split mini-buses $3,350.00 pp double // Single additional supplement $520.00, $100 donation to CCEF. Registration Form
LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE.
Day 1 July 19th – Depart Glasgow Airport International Arrivals terminal at 10 AM. Head up to Inveraray, over the pass of “Rest and Be Thankful” (right)
Day 2 July 20th- Tour Inveraray Castle and Archives. The group will tour the highlights of Inveraray, the historical county capital of Argyll and heart of the Campbell estates. Sites include the town and its port (left), the Old Jail, churches and Inveraray Castle, seat of His Grace the Duke of Argyll Chief of Clan Campbell.
Day 3 – July 21st- Inveraray Highland Games: caber tossing, bag-piping, Highland dancing, and lots of kilts Our chief, The MacCailein Mor, His Grace the 13th Duke of Argyll (below, with his children in 2017), always extends gracious hospitality to his North American Campbell kinsfolk .
Day 4 July 22nd -– We’ll begin the day with a visit to Auchindrain open air museum (right), which shows you how farming communities were constructed in the past, and tells the story of the people of Argyll.
We will then head to “Smiddy” at Strachur (the old smithy) before reaching Kilmun with its Campbell chief mausoleum. Then it’s on to Dunoon for a look around and check-in for the night.
Day 5 July 23th- Head to Edinburgh from Dunoon via New Lanark (left) to see the falls of the Clyde and the buildings of Robert Owen’s noble experiment.and then to beautiful and mysterious Rosslyn Chapel with its Templar associations (below), and Edinburgh.
Day 6 July 24th - free day. Story teller in the evening.
Day 7 July 25thEdinburgh free day – with option to do walking tour of Royal Mile.
Day 8 July 26th. From Edinburgh the tour will make its first stop at South Queensferry to grab pictures of the stunning Forth Bridge (left--a marvel of Victorian engineering and Scotland’s newest World Heritage site). Then we’ll cross the road bridge to Fife and on to Dollar to visit Castle Campbell (below right) with a boxed lunch in the garden. From Castle Campbell we head on to Stirling to visit Bannockburn, site of the decisive victory of the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce over the English in 1314 securing Scottish freedom. From here we will then visit the so called “Brooch of Scotland” – Stirling Castle—and will finish the day with a visit to Argyll’s Lodgings a well preserved Campbell ‘town house’.
Day 9 July 27th- We will start the day with a visit to the Wallace Monument. Then on to Falkland Palace (ghost scenes from Outlander), a beautiful Hunting Palace. From Perth we’ll head north into the Highlands and travel west through Crieff to Lochearnhead and over Glen Ogle to Loch Tay. This majestic lake sits in the very heart of the old Campbell earldom of Breadalbane (meaning the heights of Scotland). From here we drive through the rolling forested hills of Highland Perthshire to our destination – the old Cathedral City of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river.
Day 10 July 28th - We will start the day heading to Cawdor Castle [right] (made famous in MacBeth) the seat of the Earls Cawdor, one of the four main branches of the clan. Cawdor Castle is one of the best tower house castles in Scotland, and the extensive gardens are fantastic. From here head to the bleak battle fields of Culloden, site of the victory over the Jacobites in 1746. If time head to the inspiration for Outlander standing stones, (left) and then to Clava Cairns and back to Inverness for the evening.
Day 11 July 29th. From Inverness we will make our way to the Infamous Loch Ness and stop at Urquhart Castle. From Urquhart castle we will journey to the historic Glenfinnan monument, that commemorates the beginning of the Jacobite rising and pass that famously filmed viaduct. (And, if we time it right, we might see the Jacobite steam train as it passes over, a real treat especially for Harry Potter fans.) We will then enjoy the scenery of Glengarry before heading to Fort William. From Fort William we will head on to Glencoe (right, with 2014 Campbell tour). This is a breathtaking valley (the remnants of a super volcano) whose natural beauty is a magnet for hikers. But it is also a very emotive historical place, for it was here in 1692 that the MacIan Macdonalds of Glencoe were attacked by Redcoat soldiers on the orders of King William of Orange and his minion the Master of Stair. Thirty-six men, women, and children were killed by soldiers who had been billeted for two weeks as guests of the MacIans whose lawless Jacobite chief had failed to pledge loyalty to the new regime on time.
The day finishes with a beautiful drive along the Atlantic coast of Duror and Appin to Oban (Castle Stalker).
Day 12 July 30th- From Oban we will board three mini-buses with varying itineraries to cross the bridge over the falls of Lora, for a visit to Ardchattan Priory and nearby Dunstaffnage Castle, both important centers of the Lordship of Lorn (which passed to the Campbells in the 15th century). Then through the Pass of Brander with Ben Cruachan (“The Hollow Mountain” of the Campbells) looming overhead, to visit the ruins of Kilchurn Castle (early seat of Glenorchy and Breadalbane Campbells) and along Loch Awe to view Innisconnell (right), the Campbells’ earliest fortress on Loch Awe, along with a stop at Carnasserie Castle, 16th century home of the bishop of the Isles, a Campbell ally (below).
Navigating narrow roads we will continue into Argyll to the sites of Kilmartin and Templewood with megalithic and prehistoric monuments dating back over 4000 years, and the Dunadd hillfort where Dark Age kings of Scots were crowned—a tough climb (left). [Several other stops are possible, as time permits, including Sabhal nan Cnamh (“Barn of the Bones”) where MacDonalds led by Alasdair MacColla massacred hundreds of Campbells fifty years before Glencoe.]
Day 13- July 31th –Free day in Oban
Day 14h- August 1stOne stop on the way down at the conservation village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond, Then onto Glasgow, for couple of hours to explore city sites and then back out to hotel at Glasgow Airport.
Overnight: Glasgow Airport
Day 15th August 2st - Fly out (or remain for Tattoo)
CCSNA Scotland tour 7/19/2020 to 8/02/2020
You must be able to handle your own luggage, occasionally go up and down stairs, AND you must be able to walk up to a mile in hilly Scottish conditions. You must be at the International lounge in Glasgow International Airport by 9:00 am on 7/19/2020 (Some folks arrive a day or two ahead due to Jet Lag or to just see the sights. We “hit the ground” running.)
Payment Schedule is as follows:
1. $100 non-refundable donation to CCSNA to reserve a place.
Places reserved in order of receipt of check payable to CCSNA.
2. Payment #1 due on or before 06/01/2018 $850.00 PP.
($500.00 refundable in event of cancellation)
3. Payment # 2 due on or before 01/01/2019 $850.00 PP.
(refundable up to 3 months before the trip, less Hotel fees)
4. Payment #3 due on or before 06/01/2019 $850.00 PP.
Plus single supplement of $520.00 if applicable.
(refundable up to 3 months before trip, less Hotel fees)
5. Final Payment due on or before 01/01/2020 $800.00 PP.
(refundable up to 3 months before trip, less Hotel fees)
Registration Form All checks should be made payable to: "Clan Campbell Society (North America)"
P.O. Box 1277
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Questions? Call Cindy at: C: 714-381-4545 or H: 951-468-4592
When signing up, please fill out one page per person. Any information not yet available, please leave blank. Registration Form