Edinburgh and Loch Ness (Semester/Year Only)
On this excursion we visit the city sometimes known as the Athens of the North: fascinating, historical Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the second biggest city in Scotland behind Glasgow. It is home to the Scottish Parliament and has long been considered a premiere city of education, with the ancient University of Edinburgh ranking among the world's top 20 universities. It is also home to several world heritage sites, as well Edinburgh Castle and one of the Queen of England's official residences, Holyrood Palace. Formerly known for its brewing, distilling, banking and insurance, Edinburgh is now a city based on financial services, scientific research, higher education and tourism. The city is also rich with culture and hosts the Edinburgh International festival as well as the Fringe festival and international book festival.
The natural beauty of the highlands is evident from the beginning of our journey. Our excursion starts as we travel across the highland boundary fault where we encounter Loch Lomond?Scotland?s largest freshwater loch (Scot. for lake). From Loch Lomond we travel further into the highlands crossing Rannoch Moor, on to Glen Coe, to Fort William, across the Caledonian Canal before reaching Loch Ness for our chance to see Nessie!
Optional in the following sessions