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.
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.
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 (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): 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. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
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.
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.