2012 Spring Break Study Abroad trip to Scotland
Welcome to Scotland!
We gave the Vikings a thrill, the Druids loved us and the Celts never left
"So you're in for a good time laddies and lassies"
March 10-18, 2012
Course Description:
This course introduces students to a predominant American heritage culture: the Scots-Irish.
This introductory course teaches the terms and techniques of discussing Celtic culture, specifically Scots, including their languages, shared attributes with other Celtic nations, and history. Students will gain an enhanced appreciation of the “Scots-Irish” antecedent of Appalachian culture; compare romantic versus realistic images of Celtic countries; understand the role of the Picts in British history; understand the origins and cultural impact of the Celts; and appreciate the role of oral history and artistic expressions within a culture.
In summary, we will cover the following topics:
  • 1: You will be able to distinguish Celtic from British and Pictish from the rest of Celtic.
  • 2: You will be able to discuss the role of music and stories in a society's self-image.
  • 3: You will understand the basic concepts of cultural heritage as tourism.
  • 4: You will gain appreciation for the intertwined relationship between history and culture.
  • 5: You will learn how to appropriately build, stock and defend a medieval castle against Border Reivers.
No textbooks required. Reading materials will be provided.
Included in the program fee of $2,166*:
(* for out-of state of Viriginia students: $2,273)
  • Airfare roundtrip ticket from Knoxville, TN. 
  • All ground transportation (trains and minivan)
  • All accomodations plus breakfast
  • 3 evening meals required as part of program
  • 2 Course Credits (Soc 4950 + Hum 1950)
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Excursions to:
    • Roslyn Chapel – architecture, religion and Templar history
    • Melrose and Border country – borders history, Sir Walter Scott, medieval kitchen garden
    • Burns Experience- Life, songs and poetry of Robert Burns
    • Burrell Collection – fabulous art, sculpture and furniture collection
    • Glencoe Centre – Scottish post-Jacobite history
    • Fortingall village – birthplace of Pontius Pilate and site of the oldest living tree in Europe
    • River Garry and The Hermitage – ‘flora and fauna’ walk with local expert Pete Clark
    • Fiddle recital – world class fiddle expert Pete Clark on the Perthshire fiddle tradition
    • Edridour Distillery – smallest whisky distillery in Scotland – only traditional handcrafted distillery remaining
    • Ballad recital –world class ballad singer Jock Duncan on the ballad tradition
    • Culross Village – tour of this restored medieval village with expert Lindsay Porteous
    • Pictish Stones of Fife – with Pictish art expert Marianna Lines
    • Farmhouse Tea – traditional Scots home-baking served in a traditional farmhouse kitchen by Linda Beveridge
    • Free days in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Pitlochry
Does NOT include:
  • Meals other than breakfasts
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Discretionary Attractions
Trip Director:
Wendy Welch, PhD
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
E-mail: (Best way to reach me)
Phone: 276-376-4885
Applications will be received on a first come, first serve basis until completion of a group of 10 students (Minimum of 7).
You can download your application here.
Early Applications Due by February  3rd (if you apply after that, the fee for airfare may be increased)
For more info and to apply:
International Programs Office,

Darden Hall 105


Phone: (276) 328 -0287