The Scottish Highlands and Skye: An Introduction with Irene Mariani
The Scottish Highlands and Skye: An Introduction with Irene Mariani

The Scottish Highlands and Skye: An Introduction with Irene Mariani


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Join us for a visit to the wildest part of Scotland. Discover breathtaking glens and glittering lochs, learn about royal settings and romantic castles, and listen to the Scottish Highlands’ myths and legends in this seminar.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, considered the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands, will be the starting point to discuss the area’s geography and physical aspects. Moving west, we will travel through iconic places such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glen Coe, famously captured as backdrops to well-known movies. After a brief stop to Loch Ness (and perhaps a visit to its resident monster), we will learn the history of Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed buildings.

A visit to the west of Scotland would not be complete without Skye, an island known for its dramatic scenery and legends of fairies and giants. The North Coast 500 will take us east through Inverness and Culloden, the battlefield where the Jacobite cause came to its end. Leaving the Cairngorms National Park behind us, we will descend south and explore the Perthshire lochs, hills, and waterfalls. Our tour will end at the Scone Palace, the crowning-place of Scottish kings, and once the home of the Stone of Destiny.

Led by art historian Irene Mariani, this interactive seminar will introduce you to the Scottish Highlands through photographs, videos, and maps. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the history, landscape features, and legends that shape the wildest parts of Scotland and useful travel tips for future in-person visits to the area.

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.

Customer Reviews

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K.E. (Holzgerlingen, DE)
Journeying Through the Scottish Highlands

Irene's enthusiasm for her subject and her love for the Scottish Highlands was on full display in this compelling whirlwind virtual tour of the area. I'm beginning to contemplate an actual visit!

C
C. (Miami, US)
Enjoyed the class. Got some good ideas for my trip.

The brief geographical intro was very useful. I enjoyed the class and made some notes for my upcoming trip. I discovered other things I want to see in Scotland too, so another trip is in order!

L
L.G. (Miami, US)
Delightful

Three years ago I spent a marvelous few days in the Highlands and Skye. Irene’s talk and beautiful slides evoked many happy memories.

L
L.W. (Kannapolis, US)
Great overview of the Scottish Highlands

Really enjoyed the session. Irene gave great tips for visiting Scotland.

C
C.F. (Santa Monica, US)
Such a delight!

I have done several of these conversations with Dr. Mariani, and they are always delightful. Her knowledge, personal experience in these locations, and unbelievable enthusiasm make these Informative, visually interesting, and quite enjoyable.

Customer Reviews

Based on 178 reviews
88%
(157)
9%
(16)
2%
(4)
0%
(0)
1%
(1)
K
K.E. (Holzgerlingen, DE)
Journeying Through the Scottish Highlands

Irene's enthusiasm for her subject and her love for the Scottish Highlands was on full display in this compelling whirlwind virtual tour of the area. I'm beginning to contemplate an actual visit!

C
C. (Miami, US)
Enjoyed the class. Got some good ideas for my trip.

The brief geographical intro was very useful. I enjoyed the class and made some notes for my upcoming trip. I discovered other things I want to see in Scotland too, so another trip is in order!

L
L.G. (Miami, US)
Delightful

Three years ago I spent a marvelous few days in the Highlands and Skye. Irene’s talk and beautiful slides evoked many happy memories.

L
L.W. (Kannapolis, US)
Great overview of the Scottish Highlands

Really enjoyed the session. Irene gave great tips for visiting Scotland.

C
C.F. (Santa Monica, US)
Such a delight!

I have done several of these conversations with Dr. Mariani, and they are always delightful. Her knowledge, personal experience in these locations, and unbelievable enthusiasm make these Informative, visually interesting, and quite enjoyable.