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Scotland's Outer Hebrides and Skye - SOLD OUT
June 16-29, 2016

Scotland Join Iain MacLeod for a spectacular tour of the natural and cultural history of Scotland’s Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) and Skye. Explore Skye’s stark beauty and stunning coastline. Highlights will include a visit to Dunvegan Castle – ancestral seat of Iain’s MacLeod clan, views of the Cuillin Mountains, and a boat trip out of Portree in search of White-tailed Eagles, seals, and dolphins. We’ll head to the western most of the Scottish Islands and explore Lewis (where Iain was born), Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, and South Uist. Highlights there include the Callanish standing stones, the rich farmland – known as the machair, and amazing white sandy beaches. There are bird reserves with shorebirds and seabirds aplenty. Throughout the trip we’ll stay in historic country house hotels full of charm and character that serve wonderful award-winning food.
Cost: $5,750 (assumes double or twin occupancy room*)
All-inclusive cost includes: round trip flight from Boston to Glasgow, Scotland ferries, van transportation, all accommodations, all meals, and admission fees. *There is an additional $500 charge for a single room. Maximum group size: 12
View the full itinerary for the Hebrides and Skye trip.

Land of Enchantment: Natural Wonders of New Mexico
November 1-11, 2016

New Mexico Nature TourJoin Iain MacLeod for a spectacular, small group tour of New Mexico. November is a special time to visit. The temperatures are comfortable; the light is fantastic and tens of thousands of cranes and snow geese have just arrived for the winter. In addition to wildlife and spectacular scenery, the trip includes visits to the Bandelier National Monument, the Valley of Fires lava beds, Carlsbad Caverns, Santa Fe National Forest and beautiful old town Santa Fe. Other highlights include the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Bitter Lakes in the Pecos Valley. You’ll see Prong-horn Antelope, Prairie dogs, Road-runners, vast flocks of waterfowl, raptors galore, and incredible sunrise and sunset flights of Sandhill Cranes.
Cost: $3,500 (assumes double or twin occupancy room*)
All-inclusive cost includes: round-trip airfare from Boston to Albuquerque, ground transportation (15-passenger van), all accommodations, all meals, admission fees, and leaders’ fees. *There is an additional $300 charge for a single room. Maximum group size is 8.
View the full itinerary for the New Mexico trip.

Shetland and Orkney Islands
June 2017

Shetland and Orkney Islands tripJoin Iain MacLeod for a trip to Scotland’s most northerly islands. We’ll fly to Aberdeen and then take an overnight ferry to Shetland. We are so far north, that this is truly the land of the midnight sun, known locally as the “simmer dim.” Some of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world can be found on these islands, whose rugged moors and seacoast has an Arctic tundra feel to it. Otters, seals, puffins and ancient Viking settlements will be highlights. A nighttime visit to the Island of Mousa and its ancient “broch” (built 100 BC) is an experience you’ll never forget. We’ll travel by ferry from Lerwick to Kirkwall in Orkney for four more days of island exploration. We’ll visit the village of Skara Brae, Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic settlement — believed to have been inhabited from around 3100 BC, and our hotel is next to the Standing Stones of Stenness.
Cost: $5,750 (assumes double or twin occupancy room*)
All-inclusive cost includes: round trip flight from Boston to Aberdeen, Scotland ferries, van transportation, all accommodations, all meals, and admission fees. *There is an additional $500 charge for a single room. Maximum group size: 12
View the full itinerary for the Shetland and Orkney Island trip.

Contact Iain at 603-968-7194 x 23 or iain.macleod@nhnature.org for full details or to book your place on any of the trips.

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