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The dates for 2014 are June 8-18. Of course you are free to arrive in Scotland before the tour starts or to stay afterwards; but we will rendezvous in Edinburgh Airport on the morning of June 8. The 2014 tour will feature a very different itinerary from past years with a focus on the Highlands and Islands of the Northwest; so even if you've been on one of my tours before, this one will cover new ground.

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The cost of this year's tour is $2975 per person, based on double occupancy. This price covers all transport and hotels in Scotland, all breakfasts and dinners, performers' fees and entry to most historical sites. It does not cover lunches, tips, single room supplement ($450) or airfare. Direct flights into Edinburgh are available on United (fr Newark); while several other companies have flights via London, Amsterdam etc. If you plan to use frequent-flyer miles towards buying your ticket, please book very early as only a few spots are allocated for such programs.

The basic aim of these tours is to give people the chance to enjoy and learn about Scotland through experiencing its music and landscape. You will meet and hear performers and songwriters on their home ground, visit the contexts from which the songs and music have come, and have the chance to enjoy occasional hikes in both the Lowlands and the Highlands. 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 and landscape of this amazingly varied country in an interesting, personal and entertaining way.



The tentative itinerary for next June includes 2 nights in Dunkeld, 1 in Ullapool, 3 in Stornaway, 2 in Plockton, and 2 in Edinburgh. There will be free days in Plockton and Edinburgh, and possibly elsewhere where hiking will be possible, with other activities for non-hikers. Some of the performers you will probably meet and hear include fiddler Iain Fraser, the Singing Kettle children's program, Gaelic singer/folklorist Margaret Bennett, singer/songwriter Jim Malcolm, bothy songster Scott Gardiner, Edinburgh-based singer Janet Weatherston, Robert Burns expert Charlie Milne, and others still to be arranged....I, and guide Charles Hunter, will also be singing and telling stories throughout the trip.

The 2013 tour was sold out by Christmas 2012, and I have had many enquiries about joining the 2014 tour; so if you are interested in joining the group, please send in your deposits ASAP to ensure a place (full payment required by March 15, 2014). Once I receive these, I will send you a detailed proposed itinerary, reading list and other materials. I do very much hope you'll join us in June! If you have any preliminary questions, please contact me at one of the addresses above.

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