Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Scotland 2017 Summer Itinerary

A NOTE ON OUR ITINERARY: Every morning we start with an hour of restorative yoga, followed by breakfast in the hotel restaurant, and then a two and a half hour writing workshop.

Each afternoon we provide optional opportunities for sightseeing and travelling. We have our own bus and driver/guide to take us to the sites, restaurants and hotels. Every second day we change hotels. On the between days we visit a different part of Scotland.

It is your writing/yoga retreat. Feel free to select the activity, or opportunity to relax that suits you best. Our hotels are all within easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants for those who prefer to stay in for the day or would like to go shopping.

July 15th Saturday Day 1

 
A one-time group transfer to the hotel is available from Glasgow airport.
 
We hold our first group dinner at The Marriott Hotel where we introduce ourselves to each other and Sue will lead us on our first short writing exercise.

 
 
Stay overnight at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

July 16th Sunday Day 2
Morning yoga / writing.

Afternoon drive to Ayrshire (on the Scottish coast) where we will enjoy lunch and visit the Robert Burns Heritage Centre.

 
 
 
 
 
Dinner in Glasgow (own expense).
Stay one more night at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

July 17th Monday Day 3
Morning yoga / writing.
Today we leave Glasgow and drive into the Scottish Highlands, along the shores of Loch Lomond, stopping for lunch along the way.

 

We will stop for a 1 hour cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine (Setting of Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake.)


 
 
 
 
Our group dinner will be in a restaurant in Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness!
 

 
 
 
 
Stay overnight at The Lovat Arms Hotel, Fort Augustus.

July 18th Tuesday Day 4
Morning yoga / writing.

Lunch today is in Fort Augustus followed by a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, The Isle of Skye.
 

Along the way we will stop and visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle.
 
Dinner will be at a restaurant or pub nearby.
 
Stay overnight again at The Lovat Arms Hotel, Fort Augustus.

July 19th Wednesday Day 5
Morning yoga / writing.
Today we leave around noon on a beautiful drive along Loch Ness and across central Scotland to Dunkeld.
 
We will stop for lunch along the route at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

 
Our next stop will be in the Central Highlands at the Sheepdog display at Kincraig.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our group dinner will be held at the Hilton Dunkeld in Dunkeld.

July 20th Thursday Day 6
Morning yoga / writing

Today we enjoy lunch in a lovely village and then tour Edradour distillery, a single malt whisky distillery based in Pitlochry. Participants will tour one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and learn about how the golden drink is created.
 

 
 
Later we will drive to the village of Kirriemuir to visit the birthplace of J.M. Barrie and tour the Peter Pan Museum.
 
Dinner will be at a restaurant or pub nearby.
 
We enjoy a second night at the beautiful Hilton Dunkeld Hotel.

July 21st Friday Day 7
Morning yoga / writing.
 
Today we drive to Edinburgh with a visit to historic Stirling Castle.

Once we’ve settled into our hotel in Edinburgh, we’ll walk a short distance to dinner and the Spirit of Scotland Show at the Jam House in Edinburgh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tonight we stay at the wonderful Principal Hotel in Edinburgh.

July 22nd Saturday Day 8
Morning yoga / writing.
 
After lunch we enjoy a two and a half hour literary walking tour of Edinburgh. Led by an entertaining guide, we will visit many of the literary landmarks of the city.
Edinburgh Literary Walking Tour
 

Afterwards we will visit the great stone guardian that overlooks the city, Edinburgh Castle.
 
This evening we hold our final group dinner and traditional performance night. Participants have the option of reading one of the pieces they’ve written on the trip to the group after dinner in the restaurant.
 
We stay our final night in Scotland at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh.

July 23rd Sunday Day 9

Sadly our Retreat ends.

A one time shuttle bus will be available in the morning for all participants who will be flying out of Glasgow.

Celebrating our 12th Year!

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Sue Reynolds and James Dewar are both certified in the AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) method of leading workshops.