Scotland Through Writers Eyes Hiking Adventure


September 3-12, 2023


  • The grand city of Edinburgh, sometimes called the “Athens of the north;”
  • visits to Inveraray and Inveraray Castle, where Johnson and Boswell had dinner with the Duke of Argyll;
  • a walk across the sands to Erraid, where Kidnapped’s Davie Balfour was shipwrecked;
  • two nights on the tiny historic island of Iona;
  • hiking among the impressive mountains of Glencoe;
  • and visits to Stirling and Stirling Castle.

Please note: this tour will be more active than most other land tours: it features almost-daily hikes of easy to moderate difficulty. To visit and fully enjoy all the sites on the itinerary, you should be in good walking condition.

For more information on this trip click here to view the full brochure.


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Saturday, September 2, 2023: Fly to Edinburgh, Scotland
Sunday, September 3: Edinburgh | Transfer to hotel | City tour | Welcome dinner
Monday, September 4: Pentland Hills | Colinton | Edinburgh
Tuesday, September 5: Loch Lomond | Inveraray | Oban
Wednesday, September 6: Ferry to the Isle of Mull: Ross of Mull, Erraid | Ferry to Iona
Thursday, September 7: Iona: Iona Abbey, exploration of the island
Friday, September 8: Fionnphort | Ferry to Staffa | Fingal’s Cave | Morvern | Glencoe
Saturday, September 9: Appin | Ballachulish | Glencoe
Sunday, September 10: Glencoe | West Highland Way | Lochearnhead | Callander | Stirling
Monday, September 11: Stirling city tour | Dumyat Hill | Queensferry | Corstorphine Hill | Edinburgh | Farewell dinner
Tuesday, September 12: Fly home


Thomas Reed
Thomas Reed was an English professor at Dickinson from 1977 through 2015, specializing in medieval and Victorian literature and film studies. His recent novel, Seeking Hyde, grew directly from courses he taught at Dickinson on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson, a focus that also led to the publication of The Transforming Draught: Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate, a scholarly study of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as an allegory of alcoholism. Seeking Hyde was named a finalist for the 2018 INDIES Book of the Year Award in historical fiction. Reed earned his B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University. He is the author of Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution and a number of short stories published in literary journals. Reed recently moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he lives with his wife Dorothy, to take up writing full time. His latest novel, Pocket Full of Poseys, is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2023.

Tour Pricing:

A deposit of $1000/person is required upon booking, with balance payments due 90 days prior to departure.

  • Double occupancy (16-17 participants): $6,645
  • Single supplement: $995

What's Included:

  • Leadership of Dickinson College Professor Emeritus Thomas Reed and three professional staff members serving as guides, tour managers and drivers;
  • Transfers from/to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) on the group arrival and departure dates;
  • Nine nights’ accommodations in ideally located, finest available hotels;
  • Ferry and boat tickets: Oban to Mull, Mull to Morvern, and between Fionnphort and Staffa;
  • All meals (including water, and welcome and farewell dinners with drinks);
  • All excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary;
  • Surface transportation by air-conditioned minibuses, with filtered water provided;
  • Gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff, porters, tour manager and guides/drivers;
  • Baggage handling at hotels (one bag per person);
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information, including a suggested reading/media guide, travel guide and packing list.