As Burns Night approaches, celebrating Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, we at WalkingWomen invite you to explore Scotland’s majestic landscapes and rich cultural heritage through our specially curated walking holidays.
The Spirit of Burns in Scotland’s Landscapes
Burns, known for his romantic and evocative poetry, drew deeply from the natural beauty of Scotland. Our trips to the Cairngorms, the Isle of Arran, Perthshire, and the Orkney Isles offer a unique opportunity to experience the land that inspired such timeless poetry.
Cairngorms: A Walk through the Living Mountain
In the Cairngorms National Park, explore the serene beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where Burns’s words resonate: “My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer.” These lines from “My Heart’s in the Highlands” capture the essence of the wild and beautiful highlands.
Isle of Arran: A Tapestry of Scottish Experiences
On the Isle of Arran, you’ll find a microcosm of Scotland’s stunning diversity. Burns’ “Ae Fond Kiss” speaks to the emotional depth found in these landscapes: “Ae fond kiss, and then we sever; Ae farewell, alas, forever!” The poignant emotions in this poem mirror the beauty and depth of Arran.
Perthshire: In the Footsteps of Giants
Our Perth adventure offers an encounter with the majestic Munros and the historic charm of Crieff, echoing Burns’s appreciation for diverse landscapes: “Bonie lassie, will ye go, To the birks of Aberfeldy?” “The Birks of Aberfeldy” celebrates the natural beauty of a specific Scottish locale, much like the scenery you’ll encounter in Perthshire.
Orkney Isles: A Journey Through Time
The Orkney Isles trip is a step back in time. Burns’s “Address to the Deil” with its folklore references aligns well with Orkney’s historical depth: “O thou! whatever title suit thee—Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie!” This playful address to folklore figures mirrors the rich history of Orkney.
Burns Night: A Celebration of Scottish Heritage
Burns Night, held on January 25th, is more than a tribute to a poet; it’s a celebration of Scottish culture. Each of our trips is designed to connect you with the heart of Scotland, from its breathtaking natural scenery to its rich cultural tapestry.
Celebrate Burns Night with us and embark on a journey through the landscapes that shaped Scotland’s most cherished poet.
Join WalkingWomen on these walking holidays and discover the land that inspired Burns, filled with beauty, history, and the warmth of Scottish hospitality.