Discover Scotland with NHPBS and Storyteller Willem Lange
Explore the rugged natural beauty, intriguing history, and delightful modern charm of Scotland
Have you ever wanted to get away to a place where legends were born and history was made? Then NHPBS has the trip for you. This September, we invite you to come along with New England’s favorite storyteller, Willem Lange to the beautiful and extraordinary land of Scotland. Come explore grand castles, mysterious lochs, untamed wilderness, and diverse cityscapes. We will travel to four separate hotspots in Scotland, touring castles, museums, and natural historic sites along the way. Museums not your cup of tea? How about a chance to wet your whistle at a distillery that has been in business for 225 years? You will experience some of the best of what Scotland has to offer, from great food and music to literature and even sheep farming.
We begin in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city which is situated in the Lowlands along the River Clyde. While just a small town upon Scotland’s union with England in 1707, it eventually blossomed into a thriving Victorian paradise, as shipbuilding and steel production began to prosper in the 19th century. Having honorably been named a European Capital of Culture in 1990, Glasgow rivals Edinburgh in the arts, with a thriving music scene and notable galleries and museums that honor its proud industrial heritage. Next, we’ll make our way up to the coastal town of Oban with a delightful stop in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, whose natural beauty has inspired artists and writers for centuries, including Sir Walter Scott.
From Oban, we’ll take a short ferry ride to explore two of the Inner Hebrides: the isles of Mull and Iona. During this excursion we’ll visit Iona Abbey, which was founded by Saint Columba in the 6th century and remains an important pilgrimage site to this day. We’ll then head back to the mainland and continue north to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Here we’ll have the opportunity to visit two of Scotland’s most historic sites—Urquhart Castle, which served as an important strong hold in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century and whose proud ruins stand along the shores of Loch Ness; and nearby Culloden Battlefield, the site of the final battle in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 where Charles Stuart’s forces were defeated.
Our tour culminates with three nights in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland which is neatly divided into the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and ancient tenements surrounding the Royal Mile, which begins at Edinburgh Castle and follows a descending ridgeline down to Holyrood Palace and Abbey at the slope’s edge. The New Town lies in the valley to the north and occupies the area from the elegant Princes Street northward. Unlike its older version, the New Town is built primarily in the Georgian style—a masterpiece of 18th century town planning with wide streets and magnificent squares. Come discover the magic of Scotland in the company of your fellow viewers, all while supporting New Hampshire PBS!
Introduction by: Amy Warnock, NHPBS
Additional Source: American Expedition Team