Tue 12 Sep

Independent arrival at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh. After an early dinner and welcome briefing at 17.00 we take the short walk to Holyrood Palace for a private tour of the Palace and Abbey where Mendelssohn declared, “I believe I found today in that old chapel the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.”

Wed 13 Sep

Depart by coach on the hour-long journey south of Edinburgh to Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, where we will have a private guided tour followed by lunch before moving on to Melrose to explore the Abbey where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried. In the afternoon, we journey into the Highlands, arriving at the Dunkeld House Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel.

Thu 14 Sep

Today we visit the Hermitage near Dunkeld, with its 18th-century folly overlooking the Falls of Braan which were sketched by Mendelssohn. From there we go on to Pitlochry where we visit the Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry, the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, dating back to 1825. Lunch will be under your own arrangements at the House of Bruar Visitor centre and there will be the opportunity to take the short walk up to Bruar Falls which were sketched by Mendelssohn. On our way back to Dunkeld, we stop at the Pass of Killiecrankie, the scene of the battle in 1689 between the Jacobites and the government forces of William of Orange; the House of Bruar. We arrive back at the Dunkeld House Hotel at around 17.30 where there will be time to relax before dinner, which is followed by a private recital given by two musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Fri 15 Sep

We journey across the central Highlands past Loch Tummel (with its spectacular “Queen’s View”), Aberfeldy where we stop for lunch under your own arrangements and a walk to the Falls of Moness (made famous by Robert Burns in his poem, The Birks of Aberfeldy), Loch Tay, Glencoe and reach Fort William in the late afternoon where we check in to the Alexandra Hotel before dinner on the shores of Loch Linnhe.

Sat 16 Sep

Deviating from Mendelssohn’s itinerary we take the return rail journey from Fort William to Mallaig on the famous West Highland line. Our train will be hauled by the “Jacobite” steam engine and will take us over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied his troops at the start of his ill-fated uprising in 1745. On arrival back in Fort William we travel down the shores of Loch Linnhe to Oban where dinner awaits us at the Oban Bay Hotel.

Sun 17 Sep

Today we cross to the island of Mull and from there, weather permitting, take a boat to the island of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave. We will then spend two hours of the island of Iona. Our coach and ferry will take us back to Oban for a free evening.

Mon 18 Sep

From Oban we travel via Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, to Loch Lomond where we will have lunch before returning to Edinburgh via Stirling, stopping at Edinburgh airport at 17.00 and Edinburgh Waverley (the train station) at 18.00.



Mezzo Soprano:Charlotte Drummond

Piano:Paulius Rudokas

Felix Mendelssohn 'Three Fantasias or Caprices Op
Felix Mendelssohn Frühlingslied Op 71 No 2 and Herbstlied Op 84 No 2
Felix Mendelssohn Song without Words Op 102 No 1 in E minor and Song without Words Op 62 No 6 in A
Felix Mendelssohn Mary’s Dream and We’ve a Bonnie Wee Flower from the Six Scottish Songs
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15
Felix Mendelssohn Es lauschte das Laub so dunkelgrün Op 86 No 1
Fanny Mendelssohn Italien

Also, during our journey around Scotland, CDs of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 in A minor (Scottish) and Overture - The Hebrides will be played on the coach at carefully chosen moments.

Independent Travel

Edinburgh is easily reached by rail and air from all major cities in the UK. Please note that our holiday starts with an early dinner at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel at 17.00 on Tuesday 12 September followed by a private tour of Holyrood Palace, so please ensure that you plan to arrive in Edinburgh in plenty of time to check in to the hotel and join the group for these first activities. At the end of our holiday we will stop at Edinburgh airport at 17.00 and Edinburgh Waverley (the train station) at 18.00 so you can plan your return home based on these times. However, you may prefer to stay in Edinburgh for an extra night on Monday 18 September which we will be happy to arrange for you for an additional cost of £110 per person sharing, or £145 for singles travellers.

Prices per person

Tour price £1595
Single room supplement £200
Deposit required £400
Tour code MIS1

Tour price includes: Accommodation, breakfast daily, five dinners with wine, two lunches, coach, ferry and rail transportation during the tour, sightseeing tours as described including guides, entrance fees and tips, the services of Stephen Carpenter as tour manager.

Tour price excludes: Your travel to and from Edinburgh, dinner on the second night in Oban, lunch on days three, four and five of the holiday which will be easily available at the carefully selected stopping points.

Room upgrades from £60

“We won't forget it as long as we live.”

Felix Mendelssohn, 15 August 1829