If you have ever enjoyed Ed Miller as a performer, how about spending 10 days travelling Scotland with him as he shares his friends, humor, music and knowledge with you “on location” in his homeland. Imagine hearing Border ballads in a 16th century tower; dancing to the fiddle of Iain Fraser; hearing Gaelic songs from Margaret Bennett; singing sea songs in a fishing village or farming songs in an Angus bothy; enjoying Jim Malcolm’s songs of Perthshire; exploring the alleys, museums, shops and pubs of Edinburgh; or following in the footsteps of Robert Burns with an expert on Scotland’s national bard.
These are the kind of experiences Ed brings you on these very personal folksong tours.
Originally from Edinburgh, Ed has lived for several decades in Austin TX. He can, therefore, see his homeland from both a Scottish and American perspective. As a singer, folklorist (PhD), geographer (MA), radio host and amiable character with an infectious love and knowledge of Europe’s ” best wee country,” he is the perfect guide for a visit to Scotland. 2017 will be the 18th year he and guide Charles Hunter have been leading these advantures.
The basic aim of the tour is to give folk music enthusiasts the chance to enjoy and learn about Scotland through experiencing its music and landscape. You’ll meet and hear singers and musicians on their home ground, visit the contexts from which the songs and music arose and enjoy evening concerts, dances and informal talks.
This is not a search for the Scotland of Brigadoon, Braveheart and the Loch Ness Monster. Rather it is a unique opportunity to learn about the music, people, history, folklore and landscape in a personal and entertaining way.
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Ring of Brodgar, Orkney
| Download the tour Application Form. Please print the form, fill it out, and return it with your deposit to: Ed Miller Folksong Tours, 2411 West 8th St, Austin, TX 78703.
Tour Number 1, May 28 - June 7:
3 nights in Peebles so we can explore the history-rich Borders area.
We'll follow the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott, from the ancient tower that first sparked his imagination, to the valleys where he collected so many old ballads, to his amazing "conundrum castle" home at Abbotsford and his burial site in Dryburgh Abbey. There will also be an opportunity for hikers to walk the Eildon Hills.
2 nights in Plockton, a pictureseque village on the mainland near the Skye Bridge. To get there we'll have a day of hugely varied scenery, from the city of Glasgow and the "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomand to the spectacular mountains of Glencoe and Kintail. We will tour the Isle of Skye as well as enjoy the tranquility of Plockton and the award-winning seafood of the Plockton Inn.
2 nights in the Isle of Mull - After crossing on the ferry from Oban, we'll have a day to visit the small island of Iona, where St. Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland. There is also the possibility of a visit to Staffa to view Fingal's Cave or photograph puffins.
3 nights in Edinburgh - Back to the Lowlands to Scotland's most beautiful city (Ed's hometown) with a multitude of historic connections, museums,
shops and pubs - something for everyone. We'll also have a day touring
East Lothian, with stops at John Muir's home in Dunbar, Tantallon
Castle, the Seabird Centre in North Berwick and the birthplace of the
Scottish flag in Athelstaneford.
Ed and Charles, Glencoe
Tour Number 2, June 11 - June 21:
2 nights in Dunkeld at the lovely Dunkeld House Hotel on the banks of the Tay, giving us access to the song-rich county of Angus and hikes in the Hermitage waterfall area.
3 nights in Orkney, the islands off the north coast of the Scottish mainland. We'll have a long travel day via Culloden battlefield and Inverness to the evening ferry that will take us to Stromness. Two full days touring the many archaeological sites of Orkney, St Magnus Cathedral, the Italian Chapel, Highland Park Distillery, as well as hearing some of the unique music of these Norse-influenced islands.
2 nights in Plockton, a peacful, picturesque village on the coast near the Isle of Skye. This is a perfect place for a free day to relax, take a hike, go seal-watching , or dip your toes in the Atlantic.
3 nights in Edinburgh, Scotland's most beautiful city (and Ed's hometown) with a multitude of historic connections, museums, shops and pubs, the famous Botanic Gardens, and of course, the Castle. We'll also have a day of touring the Borders area south of the city, with its rolling hills and the settings of many Border ballads.
Craig in Turc, Balquhidder
Lobster Pots, Plockton Beach
EJ Jones, Iain Fraser, Ed, Scotts View
Throughout the tours, we will be joined by several of Scotland's best singers and musicians, whose music will connect us even more to the various landscapes we pass through.
Please note the itineraries are not carved in stone and are subject to change according to weather, availability of performers, and unforeseen opportunities.
The price for each of these tours is $3,200 per person, based on double occupancy. This price includes all hotels, and ground transportation in Scotland, all breakfasts and dinners, performers’ fees and entry to most historical sites. Possible extras are: single room supplement ($700), tips for the driver and guide, and lunches.
Due to the exclusive nature of these tours, reservations will be limited to a maximum of 35 people on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t delay securing your reservation.
This price does NOT include airfare. You can arrange whatever flight you wish to fit in with your personal schedule, but we will rendezvous in Edinburgh Airport or at the Apex Hotel (Waterloo Place) in the city centre on the morning of May 28 for Tour Number 1, or the morning of June 11 for Tour Number 2. Flights from the USA are overnight, so the latest date to leave would be May 27 for Tour Number 1 and June 10 for Tour Number 2. Arriving a day or two early is always a good idea to help counteract the effects of jetlag.
For more information about the proposed itinerary or if you have other questions, please contact Ed Miller at:
2411 W. 8th St
Austin TX 78703
Tel. 512-472 6036
Eilean Donan Castle
Hermitage Bridge near Dunkeld