Scotland is a great destination for active holidays and there is no better way to experience its breath-taking landscape than spending time outside. Scenic walking trails, cycling paths, and boat excursions, there are many ways to get close to nature.
We’ll begin by looking at walking trails, including the West Highland Way, Scotland's first Long Distance Route, and the St. Cuthbert Way, which ends at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in England. A high-speed boat will take us to one of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves, the Isle of May, a bird-watching paradise, well-known for its colonies of puffins. We’ll then horse ride to Tantallon Castle and go zip-lining in the Queen’s Elizabeth Forest Park. We’ll end our virtual journey cycling and paddling along the Union Canal, originally opened in the 19th century to transport coal from the West to the Est of Scotland.
Led by art historian Irene Mariani, this interactive seminar will introduce you to Scotland’s Forest Parks, trails, and natural reserves. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the wide range of outdoor activities available in Scotland, and useful travel tips for future in-person visits to the country.
Irene specialised in Italian Renaissance Art and her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. She was an intern at the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and collaborated with the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland. Irene currently teaches History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her second home.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.