It was the most amazing trip I have ever taken.  I will have to say that I am a bit overweight and was not in the best shape.  I did take a pair of hiking poles and that really made all of the difference for me.  I did have a bit of hip pain, I do not ordinarily have hip pain but I am also used to walking over the very flat terrain of Florida.  I sometimes forget that the rest of the world is not flat.

For me this was the trip of a lifetime. Since I was working on improving my fitness by hiking and then being rewarded by music in the evening it seemed like a good choice.  It was more than I could have ever imagined.  The Scottish countryside was so extraordinarily beautiful it is was just amazing.  I enjoyed the fact that we were outside among the lovely hills, flowers, waterfalls, etc.  By hiking we had the time to get up close and personal with this amazing land.

Of course, the music was outstanding and we met some famous established performers and some young up and coming ones.  Of course, having Ed play the Niel Gow fiddle at Blair Castle was a real highlight.

The whole experience was just wonderful.  The tour was very well organized.  All of the arrangements for lodging, food, hiking, transportation, and  entertainment were handled by our local Scottish guide, Dorothy and Ed. This made for a very relaxing and trouble free trip. All in all I just can't say enough good things about this trip.

–Andrea M., Jacksonville FL

The event was more than we had expected and the facilities, transportation, delicious Scottish food and warm friendliness of the Scottish folk who attended to our needs, all made our trip exceedingly joyful.

Our daily walks were casual and well-arranged for all of us, regardless of age or "mountain" experience. Each day consisted of motor travel from our hotel or inn to a scenic walking area where the views of the highlands and also the perfect Scottish summer weather met our every wish.

In every aspect of our trip we felt that we were always relaxed, not physically over-worked or hurried, and every need was very well provided for.

 –Paul and Linda M., Hope ME

Visiting Scotland with you and a group of people who love Scotland and its music was pure joy.  We were privileged to hear wonderful Scottish musicians in small intimate rooms.  Dorothy's knowledge of the country allowed her to adjust the trip as went to our specific interests.  Walking in the highlands with new friends and then musical entertainment in the evening. Who could ask for more.

–Gail & Frank S., Durham NH

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Dorothy took us to places most casual tourists will never see, off the beaten track.  And Ed introduced us to wonderful, internationally recognized Scottish musicians.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour.

–Wade M., Ohio

The tour far exceeded our expectations!  It was everything and more than the description of the tour had been.  Ed never failed to amaze us with the exceptionally talented Scottish music artists he invited to spend an evening with us.  I was so thankful for Dorothy's vast knowledge about Scotland and knowing all the roads we needed to take. Dorothy always chose fabulous hotels and b and b's for us to stay and wonderful restaurants for dinner.  She was a wealth of knowledge in a low key fashion, always calm and patient. Ed and Dorothy are incredibly generous people, whose love of Scotland's countryside, music, people and remarkable history they enthusiastically shared with us.  I feel very fortunate to have had this experience and look forward to perhaps doing it again.  --Gail Kuhl, Hanover NH


The places we visited, the places we stayed, the food, the many beautiful walks through the glens and mountains were all special -- but the music, the musicians and singers put the experience over the top.  The private concerts were world class.  --Greg Ginn, Cape Elizabeth ME


Many thanks to you and Dorothy. Every trip I have been on with both of you has been splendid.  I loved hearing traditional music played in the places it originated, meeting the musicians and hearing their stories. Getting some of the music ahead of the trip, to listen to and play, helped me before I went and after I got back. I liked hiking to historically important musician's homes, practice spots, castles and pubs that they played or are playing in. This was done with a spirit of adventure, good humor, excellent planning for local healthy food, eco-friendly accommodations, flexibility to adapt to the weather, and follow-up on each person's other interests.  And Scotland is SO beautiful! Friendly, interesting, helpful people every time I turned around, within our group, fellow travelers, on ferries, in shops, and the islanders themselves.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!   --Kathy Cartwright, Waldoboro, Maine


The food in Scotland is delicious and substantial, with vegan options at each place we ate.  The schedule was full but we never once felt pressured by time.  Bravo for doing a GREAT job putting the Highland tour together!  --Wayne Gerson, Hanover NH


The trip with Ed and Dorothy to the Orkney and Shetland Islands was amazing. From a wealth of musical artists talking to and performing for our small group and larger format concerts to green scenery, walks with views of cliffs, ocean, soaring birds and pastoral sheep grazing. We saw thousands of gannets nesting on cliff ledges and puffins galore. We also visited several Neolithic sites with structures showing advanced building skill of the ancient civilizations. The trip was so well planned and Ed and Dorothy so flexible that every detail was smoothly handled.  The experience was exceptional way beyond my expectations.  --Nancy and John, New Mexico


The outer Hebrides trip was one of the top two foreign vacations we have ever taken! If someone really wants to know the Outer Hebrides, its geography, it's natural history, its tradition of singing, Gaelic poetry, or just about anything else, taking a trip with CNDO Scotland with Dorothy and Ed is the way to go! We would do it again in a heartbeat. We also love the people we went with and it was great to meet new people. --Les McFadden, New Mexico

Summer 2016

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