Scotland Trip Planning for Curious Travelers with Dr. Jenny Litster

Scotland Trip Planning for Curious Travelers with Dr. Jenny Litster


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Famous for the rugged grandeur of its mountains and lochs, the romance of its haunted glens and misty isles, the elegance of its capital city, for castles and kilts, golf and whisky – Scotland is top of many a traveler’s list. But with so much to see and do from Gretna Green to John O’Groats, how can you get the most out of your trip to this storied land? And will the weather be as dreich, the haggis as alarming, the locals as quarrelsome, and the accents as impenetrable as Outlander would have you believe?

This conversation will introduce the highlights of a Scottish vacation, on and off the beaten track. We’ll think about when to get here and how to get around; where to stay and what to eat and drink. We’ll walk the twisting alleys of Edinburgh and travel through the city’s dark and discordant past. We’ll go on days trips of discovery from the capital and venture further afield: to the Isle of Skye, or Loch Ness (to spot its monster); a road trip around the North Coast 500 or a steam train journey on the Jacobite Express. There may even be tips on how to survive the horizontal rain and the midges, Scotland’s infamous biting insects.

Whether you’re East Coast or West Coast, High Road or Low Road, Braveheart or Sassenach, there’s something for everyone in this conversation about the land that has the unicorn as its national animal. Led by Edinburgh historian Jenny Litster, this interactive seminar will answer all your questions about your Scottish adventure. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a taste of what Scotland has to offer and the confidence of a successful future adventure through this fascinating and beautiful land.

Born and raised in the Scottish Borders, Jenny moved to Edinburgh in the late 1980s to study History and English Literature. She later completed a PhD on the Scottish context of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery at the University of Edinburgh, where she also taught American History. Jenny worked in adult education research and policy at the Institute of Education, London for over a decade, living in Edinburgh and travelling regularly to Europe. Her main interests lie in Scottish literature, culture and folklore and in children’s books. She has two daughters.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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James G. (Las Condes, CL)
Highly informative talk

Good mix of info and humour

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Brenda Nokleby (Saskatoon, CA)
Great presentation.

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Barbara Norkus (Haymarket, US)
Enjoyed it!

Found it very interesting and peaked my interest for another visit to Scotland soon! I thought Dr. Litster was captivating and very well informed and I enjoyed her talk very much.

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James G. (Las Condes, CL)
Highly informative talk

Good mix of info and humour

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Brenda Nokleby (Saskatoon, CA)
Great presentation.

Guest did not leave comment

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Barbara Norkus (Haymarket, US)
Enjoyed it!

Found it very interesting and peaked my interest for another visit to Scotland soon! I thought Dr. Litster was captivating and very well informed and I enjoyed her talk very much.