Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History

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$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,995 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Newark, plus $683 airline taxes and fees.

$6,395 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $683 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,395 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Enjoy a pleasing mix of guided touring and time for independent exploration on this well-paced, 12-day tour of Scotland. Begin in Glasgow and enjoy a private tour of Pollok House. Travel on to admire the country’s beautiful Highlands scenery. Drive along Loch Ness, best known for the other-worldly creature alleged to live in its deep waters. Embark on an excursion to Isle of the Skye. Visit the ruins of lakeside Urquhart Castle, then continue to Culloden Moor, site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising in 1746; and Saint Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and renowned as the home of golf. Conclude in Edinburgh, with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood. As a special treat, enjoy a performance one evening of the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Program Highlights

    • Take a private curator-guided tour of Pollok House
    • Admire the stunning Scottish Highlands scenery
    • Explore the evocative ruins of Urquhart Castle
    • Traverse the historic Culloden Moor battle site
    • Encounter the Royal Mile in Edinburgh


Lisa Reilly, Chair & Professor in the Department of Architectural History


Lisa is chair of the Architectural History Department and has regularly taught the survey of architectural history as well as courses on medieval, Islamic and nineteenth century architecture. She has traveled extensively in Scotland, most recently during her Fulbright fellowship in 2015 at the University of York where her research led her to Edinburgh and several of the Scottish islands. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Together with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University, she has edited a volume of essays on skyscraper Gothic due to be published by UVA press in 2017. Ms. Reilly is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world as well as a study of medieval stained glass in York. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral (Oxford University Press) and Vassar College (Princeton Architectural Press). She held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She teaches a course entitled “Rome: Baroque & Renaissance Art on Site” during U.Va.’s January term.
(Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10, Around the World by Private Jet ’11, Turkey ’14, Normandy ’15, Gods & Heroes ‘15, India ’16)


Day 1 - Monday, August 14, 2017

Depart U.S. for Glasgow, Scotland

Day 2 - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Arrive Glascow

We arrive in Scotland’s largest city and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned during the day. Late this afternoon we gather with our Tour Director for a briefing on the journey ahead. Then we enjoy a welcome dinner at either the acclaimed National Piping Centre or the well-appointed Corinthian Club.
Grand Central Hotel

Day 3 - Monday, August 16


This morning’s tour highlights “Glasgow Style,” the city’s distinct architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though Glasgow has a rich medieval history, very few structures from that time survive; it is the Victorian-era buildings of red or blond sandstone with long lines that define the city’s historic built environment. Among the stand-out buildings we see: Glasgow Central Station, the Royal Exchange, Glasgow City Chambers, and Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We also visit Sir John W. Simpson’s immensely popular Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Following our city tour we visit Pollok House, ancestral home of the Maxwell clan and now a museum with the United Kingdom’s greatest collection of Spanish art. Here a curator takes us on a privately guided tour of the Edwardian country house after we enjoy lunch in the award-winning restaurant. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon; the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Grand Central Hotel

Day 4 - Tuesday, August 17

Glasgow/ Loch Lomond/ Glencoe/ Fort William

We leave Glasgow this morning by motorcoach, bound for the scenic Highlands, Scotland’s sparsely populated historic northern region. We stop by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s largest lake and part of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Our tour here includes a brief cruise on the island-dotted loch before continuing on to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most beautiful spots with deep valleys flanked by steep-sided mountains, rushing rivers, and dramatic waterfalls. Then we travel on to Fort William, the Highlands’ second largest settlement, arriving late afternoon.
Nevis Bank Hotel
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Day 5 - Wednesday, August 18

Fort William/ Isle of Skye

We embark on a full-day excursion to the Isle of Skye, the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides known for its vivid history and stunning scenery. En route, we visit Glenfinnan Monument honoring “Bonnie Prince Charlie” for his leadership in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Then we board a ferry for Armadale on the southern tip of Isle of Skye, where our touring begins with a visit to Armadale Castle and gardens. Next we set out on a scenic drive through the imposing Cuillin Hills (or “Black Cuillin”) to the fishing town of Portree. Here we enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant before continuing our tour of the island, known for its strong Gaelic influence. Returning to the mainland via the Skye Bridge, we make a photo stop at iconic Eilean Donan Castle then dine tonight at our hotel.
Nevis Bank Hotel
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Day 6 - Thursday, August 19

Fort William/ Loch Ness/ Brora

We depart today for the Highlands, stopping en route at fabled Loch Ness. We drive the full 23-mile length of the lake best known for the unearthly creature alleged to live in its deep waters. We also visit the ruins of lakeside Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. Dating to at least the 13th century, the castle sits surrounded by water on three sides, giving it a once-formidable advantage in battle. Then we travel on to the historic Culloden Moor
battle site. After time on our own to tour the museum here, we take a private guided tour of the hallowed grounds, site of the last battle of the Jacobite Rising in 1746. Early this evening we’ll arrive in Brora, a quaint Highlands village and our home for the next two nights.
Royal Marine Hotel
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Day 7 - Friday, August 20

Brora/ Highlands

Our exploration of the Highlands continues on today’s excursion along the Pictish Trail, sites connected with the late Iron Age/early Medieval Celtic people who once lived here. We learn about the ancient Picts at the acclaimed Tarbat Discovery Center, featuring excavated relics from the region. Continuing on, we visit striking Dunrobin Castle & Gardens, where we see a falconry demonstration. Then we drive along the scenic coastal road flanked by small farms with sheep, cows, and Shetland ponies before returning to our hotel.
Royal Marine Hotel

Day 8 - Friday, August 20

Brora/ Kincraig/ Pitlochry/ St. Andrews

Today’s first stop is Kincraig, where we watch a sheep-dog demonstration with working border collies, known for their herding abilities. We travel on to the holiday town of Pitlochry in the heart of Scotland, where we enjoy some free time before this afternoon’s visit to a small local distillery where a unique single malt is handcrafted – just as it has been made for 150 years. We reach legendary St. Andrews late this afternoon; dinner tonight is on our own in this charming town.
Old Course Hotel

Day 9 - Saturday, August 21

St. Andrews/ Edinburgh

Home of Scotland’s oldest university (St. Andrews) and renowned as the home of golf, where the game has been played for some 600 years, delightful – and compact – St. Andrews measures just one mile across. This morning we embark on a walking tour of the medieval seaside town, followed by lunch together then free time to explore on our own. Later this afternoon we continue on our way to Edinburgh. Dinner tonight is on our own in the Scottish capital, which boasts a robust culinary scene.

Day 10 - Monday, August 23


Our morning tour of this regal city built on seven hills includes the 18th-century Georgian “New Town” and the medieval “Old Town,” where we visit Edinburgh Castle, symbolic heart of the country. This after-noon is at leisure to discover Edinburgh as we wish; museums, galleries, and shops abound. Tonight we enjoy a performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the spectacular annual pageant set in the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Day 11 - Tuesday, August 224


This morning we encounter the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. We tour Holyrood, as it is called, and see where British royalty schemed and slept as we tour the State Apartments. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Tonight we celebrate our Scotland sojourn over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
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Day 12 - Tuesday, August 25

Depart for U.S.

We transfer this morning to the Edinburgh airport for our return flights to the U.S.


• Glasgow – Grand Central Hotel
• Fort William – Nevis Bank Hotel
• Brora – Royal Marine Hotel
• St. Andrews – Ardgowan Hotel
• Edinburgh – Tigerlily


19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Program Fees

$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,995 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Newark, plus $683 airline taxes and fees.

$6,395 per person, double occupancy with economy-class roundtrip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $683 airline taxes and fees.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,395 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes 10 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class, First Class, and unrated hotels; 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners; Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; Luggage handling for one bag per person; Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters and all drivers

Does not include:
Costs of passports and visas (if required); Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; Excess baggage fees; Gratuities to the Tour Director; Optional Travel Insurance; Optional sightseeing; Airport transfers if purchasing a land only package

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes: Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; flight within itinerary

Does not include: Airport taxes and fees, which will be listed as separate items on guest invoices and are subject to change until the booking is paid in full

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