Friday, 15 July 2016

Seeking Interest in Highland Tour For 2017

Friday April 14 - Good Friday - this would be a day of arrival. Participants would need to get to Inverness on their own. 

Saturday April 15 - There will be a memorial/commemorative service at Culloden Battlefield today to celebrate the anniversary of the battle. This is an incredibly moving experience. We will spend time at the battlefield after the ceremonies so that people can really drink in the significance of the historic events that took place here.

Sunday April 16 - Easter Sunday - Church Service at Dornoch Cathedral, followed by a coach tour through the Strath of Kildonan to see the areas that were cleared following the Sutherland Clearances. This is now quite barren but really shows the aftermath of the Clearances. Easter Dinner as a group.

Monday April 17 - This will be our first day of research. We will spend the day at the Highland Archives in Inverness.

Tuesday April 18  - Our second full day of research

Wednesday April 19 - We will check out of the hotel after breakfast and take a coach down the Great Glen to Fort William. The afternoon will be free time in Fort William. For anyone interested, I will organize a tour of the West Highland Museum which shows more of the Jacobite story.

Thursday April 20 - We will spend the day at the Lochaber Archives. This will be a full day of research

Friday April 21 - We will check out of the hotel, and then head to the Lochaber Archives once again. We will only have a half day of research today. After lunch, we will head by coach to Glasgow, with a slight detour into Glenfinnan to see the monument. In Glasgow, I will be meeting up with my Glasgow tour in the evening.

Saturday April 22 - We will be up bright and early and head by coach to Queensferry, Fife, for the annual Scottish Association of Family History Society Conference. This will be a full day of talks and a good sized marketplace where a number of Family History Societies from across Scotland will have displays. The Glasgow tour will be joining us for the day at the conference. Lunch is included today.

Sunday April 23 - This will be a day open to your choosing. Essentially, the tour is over. However, I hope to be taking the Glasgow group on a tour of the Jewish Archives as well as on a guided tour of the Glasgow Necropolis. You would be welcome to stay and enjoy the day with us. Or, you may choose to sightsee, head home or head further afield in Scotland. I only need to know whether to have the hotel room available to you on Sunday night since Sunday night it is not included in the Highland tour. You will need to pay for the additional night on your own, but I can ensure that the room is held for you.

If this tour sounds like something you would find interesting, please let me know fairly soon so I can make the necessary arrangements with the hotels, archives and coach companies.

Like the Glasgow tour, this will be a small group of no more than 12 researchers. Spaces for Glasgow filled within 2 weeks. I anticipate that the Highland one may as well.

Tour fees include:

·         8 nights hotel
·         9 breakfasts
·         3 Coach trips (gratuities not included)
·         Research fees
·         Transport to and from archives
·         Coach to SAFHS conference
·         SAFHS conference registration
·         Lunch included with conference registration

**not included - lunches, dinners, airfare, travel to Inverness, travel from train/airport/bus station to hotel in Inverness, transport from hotel to airport for departure home, hotel April 23 if staying for tour of Necropolis and Jewish Archives

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