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Holiday – Mendelssohn in Scotland

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Following the successful holiday in September 2015, Carpenter Holidays will be repeating the "Mendelssohn in Scotland" holiday in September 2017. If you admire Mendelssohn’s music and particularly his Hebrides Overture or Scottish Symphony and want to learn more about what inspired him to write these works; if you would like to know more about Mendelssohn the man, who was admired during his life as one of the most talented and engaging people of his time; if you have a fascination with Scottish history including the life of Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century or the Jacobite up-risings of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; or if you simply want to enjoy some of the UK’s most beautiful sights and scenery, then join this “Mendelssohn in Scotland" holiday in September 2017 which will follow in Mendelssohn’s footsteps exactly 188 years after his Scottish journey in 1829.

The tour will start in Edinburgh on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and will take us to all the places visited by Mendelssohn in 1829: Melrose and Abbotsford, the Hermitage at Dunkeld, the Pass of Killicrankie, Bruar Falls near Blair Atholl, Loch Tummel (with its spectacular “Queen’s View”), Aberfeldy and the Falls of Moness, Loch Tay, Glencoe and Fort William, then to Oban, Mull and the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave, and Iona, before returning to Edinburgh via Inveraray and Loch Lomond on Monday 18 September 2016. There will also be two deviations from the journey that Mendelssohn made: firstly a visit to the Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry (whilst Mendelssohn certainly mentioned in his letters that “Whisky is the only drink!” there is no record of his visiting a distillery!) and secondly, a trip on the West Highland Railway line from Fort William to Mallaig: the West Highland line did not exist in 1829, but it is such a special Scottish experience – some say the most beautiful train journey in the world – that it has been included in this “Mendelssohn in Scotland” holiday.

This is the same route that Mendelssohn and his travelling companion, Karl Klingemann, took in 1829 (see map right). Our modes of transport will be more sophisticated than theirs – coach and modern ferries, rather than horse and cart or walking or travelling in smoky steam-ferries, and our accommodation will be more salubrious: three- and four-star hotels, rather than leaky cottages sharing rooms with hens and pigs!

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Holiday – Mendelssohn in Scotland