The Scottish Highlands and Skye: An Introduction with Irene Mariani

The Scottish Highlands and Skye: An Introduction with Irene Mariani


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Join us for a visit to the wildest part of Scotland. Discover breathtaking glens and glittering lochs, learn about royal settings and romantic castles, and listen to the Scottish Highlands’ myths and legends in this seminar.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, considered the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands, will be the starting point to discuss the area’s geography and physical aspects. Moving west, we will travel through iconic places such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glen Coe, famously captured as backdrops to well-known movies. After a brief stop to Loch Ness (and perhaps a visit to its resident monster), we will learn the history of Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed buildings.

A visit to the west of Scotland would not be complete without Skye, an island known for its dramatic scenery and legends of fairies and giants. The North Coast 500 will take us east through Inverness and Culloden, the battlefield where the Jacobite cause came to its end. Leaving the Cairngorms National Park behind us, we will descend south and explore the Perthshire lochs, hills, and waterfalls. Our tour will end at the Scone Palace, the crowning-place of Scottish kings, and once the home of the Stone of Destiny.

Led by art historian Irene Mariani, this interactive seminar will introduce you to the Scottish Highlands through photographs, videos, and maps. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the history, landscape features, and legends that shape the wildest parts of Scotland and useful travel tips for future in-person visits to the area.

Irene specialized in Italian Renaissance Art and her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. She was an intern at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and collaborated with the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland. Irene currently teaches History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her second home.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 125 reviews
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Excited to travel the Highlands now!

Irene is engaging and delightful in sharing her knowledge and love for the Scottish Highlands and Skye. She incorporated the right amount of history to make me want to learn more. I've been to Scotland twice but not to the Highlands. I look forward to exploring the landscapes Irene previewed in the seminar.

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Good

This was quite good. I liked the map as well as helpful hints (i.e. be prepared for the little bugs). Good overall. Thanks

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w.h.
Socttish highland tour

very good. she was very thorough.

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K.
Fantastic intro to the Scottish Highlands and Skye

This was my 3rd Context Conversation, so it was nice to have yet another different guide and subject matter. I thoroughly enjoyed Irene's style, her enthusiasm, her photos and short videos, as well as the way the content was presented and the quantity of content.

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G.
Well done but difficult to understand.

Well done by Irene however she was difficult for me to completely understand. All her sentences ended with “a” and that made them run together.

Customer Reviews

Based on 125 reviews
88%
(110)
9%
(11)
3%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
D
D.
Excited to travel the Highlands now!

Irene is engaging and delightful in sharing her knowledge and love for the Scottish Highlands and Skye. She incorporated the right amount of history to make me want to learn more. I've been to Scotland twice but not to the Highlands. I look forward to exploring the landscapes Irene previewed in the seminar.

E
E.
Good

This was quite good. I liked the map as well as helpful hints (i.e. be prepared for the little bugs). Good overall. Thanks

w
w.h.
Socttish highland tour

very good. she was very thorough.

K
K.
Fantastic intro to the Scottish Highlands and Skye

This was my 3rd Context Conversation, so it was nice to have yet another different guide and subject matter. I thoroughly enjoyed Irene's style, her enthusiasm, her photos and short videos, as well as the way the content was presented and the quantity of content.

G
G.
Well done but difficult to understand.

Well done by Irene however she was difficult for me to completely understand. All her sentences ended with “a” and that made them run together.