Discover Scotland's Highlands, the legacy of its clans, and the historic treasures of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Starting at: $5,978 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The brooding landscape of Glencoe  Skyline of Edinburgh with St. Giles Church  Edinburgh Castle  Village of Portree, Isle of Skye  Glenfinnan Monument  A Red Stag found in Scotland's Highlands  Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness  Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow 
  Victoria Street in Edinburgh's Old Town area  The memorial at Culloden   Military Tattoo, Edinburgh  Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland  Pollok House, Glasgow  Wester Ross landscape  Whisky tasting room

Scotland's Treasures

Featuring the Royal Military Tattoo*

12 days from $5,978 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover Scotland's Highlands, the legacy of its clans, and the historic treasures of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was my first experience traveling with a group, and for me it was a major success. I'd recommend a Smithsonian tour to anyone who wishes to let a knowledgeable team expedite the process of planning and facilitate the pleasure of travel.

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I thought that the Smithsonian tours would provide an extra bit of information and local knowledge. I was not disappointed! 

- John B.

This tour went above my expectations! Everything was first rate.

- Craig M.

I felt that I received a very good picture of the country from North to South and East to West. 

- Julie P.

The mix of fellow travelers is always special. [Smithsonian Journeys] attracts good travelers.

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JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Jun 10 - 21, 2017 Departure
Rab Houston

Rab Houston

Professor Rab Houston was an undergraduate at St Andrews and, after six years in Cambridge as a research student and research fellow, came back as a lecturer in Modern History in 1983. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Adelaide and Erasmus, Rotterdam as well as visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Between 2006 and 2009 he held a prestigious Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Rab has written ten books, co-authored one, and edited another four as well as authoring eighty articles and book chapters, most of them in the fields of early modern British and European literacy, British demography and urbanisation, Scottish society, and the history of mental abnormality.

Outside academia Rab is a keen scuba diver, often to be seen diving wrecks off the east coast of Scotland – or visiting warmer waters around the world. He enjoys yoga and Tai Chi, both active forms of meditation.

Jul 31 - Aug 11, 2017 Departure
Neil McGuigan

Neil McGuigan

Neil McGuigan is a historian of the Early Middle Ages, with particular interest in the period prior to 1300. He has taught on numerous subjects, including Scottish and English history, the medieval Mediterranean, and the evolution of 'Great Ideas' in Western civilization. With master's degrees in History and Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh, he is currently a tutor in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. Neil's research has concentrated on the early Scottish kingdom(s), on Northumbria, and on the evolution of the Anglo-Scottish border, and he has recently written on the political nature of Viking-Age mythology.

Aug 10 - 21, 2017 Departure
Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton has taught the history of the British Isles and Ireland for the past fifteen years, first at Georgetown and then at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently the assistant director of the University Honors Program. She earned her B.A. in history at Yale and her Ph.D. in medieval history at Harvard, where she also did course work in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Paxton will soon be producing a video course on Celtic Civilization for The Great Courses series, for which she has already made courses on medieval England and the Norman Conquest. She has a longstanding fascination with Scottish history, music, and literature.

Sep 2 - 13, 2017 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs has enjoyed leading Smithsonian groups to Great Britain, France, and Ireland since 2000.  With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids.  In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.