Art & Literature

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Whisky Salisbury Crags - Edinburgh

Art & Literature

+ Learn English

For such a small country, Scotland has produced a remarkable number of famous authors and favourite characters. Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, Long John Silver, Harry Potter, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde all have links to Scotland.

This tour follows in the footsteps of some of Scotland’s best loved authors.  As well as literature, Scotland's dramatic landscape and rapidly changing colours have inspired all kinds of artists from the United Kingdom and abroad. You will get a chance to travel through some of this stunning scenery and feel inspired yourself.

Art & Literature

+ Learn English

For such a small country, Scotland has produced a remarkable number of famous authors and favourite characters. Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes, Long John Silver, Harry Potter, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde all have links to Scotland.

This tour follows in the footsteps of some of Scotland’s best loved authors.  As well as literature, Scotland's dramatic landscape and rapidly changing colours have inspired all kinds of artists from the United Kingdom and abroad. You will get a chance to travel through some of this stunning scenery and feel inspired yourself.

Outline of the Course

You will be accompanied by two native English speakers, a qualified English teacher and an experienced guide. 

You will be based in Edinburgh and spend three days in the city and close surroundings and three one-day trips outside Edinburgh. Activities and visits may include:

  • Three days in and around Edinburgh, exploring the first UNESCO City of Literature. Edinburgh has been a centre of publishing for centuries and was an important city during The Scottish Enlightenment, a period during the 18th and 19th Century when many intellectual and scientific accomplishments took place for the good of society. Many famous thinkers and writers put pen to paper in Edinburgh, we will follow in their footsteps and get to know this beautiful city through their words.

  • A literary based tour around the Old Town with a visit to the Writer’s Museum and the Scottish Poetry Library. A drink in the Conan Doyle pub, located by the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. More modern literary connections to the city include Harry Potter, Inspector Rebus and Miss Jean Brodie.

  • A visit to part of the Scottish art collection in the National Galleries Scotland. You will get an insight into some of the important works in the collection with an informed guide.  You will also have the opportunity to visit some smaller galleries in Edinburgh in your own time.

  • A photographic walking tour with a professional photographer who will show you how to take great photos on your phone or with your camera whilst taking in some of the literary and artistic stops in Edinburgh's Georgian era New Town. Take in the architecture and notice the differences in style to the Old Town.

  • A day in the Borders area, to the south of Edinburgh, where we can visit the home of Sir Walter Scott, who is credited with inventing the genre of the historic novel. In the Borders there are picturesque villages, abbeys, weaving mills and a historical printing works we can visit. 

  • A day in the beautiful area of Perthshire, to the north of Edinburgh, visiting sights with historical literary connections and splendid scenery. This area of Scotland has played an important part in our nation over the centuries and has countless places of beauty. We will take you to places of artistic inspiration and folklore.

  • A day in Glasgow, to the west of Edinburgh. Glasgow has a thriving arts scene and the famous Glasgow School of Art has produced many sculptors, architects, designers and artists over the years. Although the city houses too much art to see in one day, we will get a glimpse of some Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed buildings and walk past modern murals and take in some of the city's culture.

  • English language tuition sessions will take place at our partner school ECS Scotland in Edinburgh and on location in the places we visit. You will be constantly listening to and speaking English.  Correction, pronunciation and vocabulary enhancement will be taking place continuously throughout the week, don't forget your notebook! 

  • Free time for you to explore Edinburgh, have a lie in, browse the bookshops, relax or do any optional activities.

  • To get the most out of this touring course the recommended level of English is B1 or higher.

"What a wonderful way to learn English plus all the best bits of Scottish literature and the arts. I cannot recommend it highly enough!"

Price

£750.00

6 days

Price includes: 

English language tuition, learning materials, guided tours with professional guide, entrance fees.

Not included: 

transport to Edinburgh, accommodation, meals/drinks

Minimum age of participants is 18. No maximum age

Tour Dates

Next Leaves: 06/05/18
07/10/18

*Please note that all tours include walking outside, sometimes on irregular terrain or in wet conditions. If you have any mobility problems, please let us know in advance and check if this tour is suitable for you.

Private Arts & Literature Plus English tours are available at other times of year, contact us to discuss your requirements.