Scotland

We will visit several Forest Nursery schools / Forest Kindergarten’s. We will spend a couple of hours to several hours at the different programs. Forest programs are based on child centered and play based learning. Children are outdoors for all or part of the day throughout the year.

Below are some of the cultural and historical sites we will visit as we tour Scotland. Click on the links to learn even more about our up coming adventure. Check back we will continue to add information.

New Lanark MuseumFounded by David Dale in 1785, New Lanark quickly became known under the enlightened management of social pioneer, Robert Owen. He provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care, and a new education system for villagers and the first workplace nursery school in the world! Owen transformed life in New Lanark with ideas and opportunities which were at least a hundred years ahead of their time. Child labor and corporal punishment were abolished. The fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage village is brought back to life in an award-winning visitor center. One highlight of your visit will be the fascinating ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ ride, where the ghost of a mill girl appears and takes you on a journey through the life of the community.

Robert Owen MuseumThe Robert Owen Memorial Museum is on the ground floor of the Town Council building in the centre of Newtown. The building, of Arts and Crafts design and listed Grade 2, was erected in 1902, in order to provide a Free Library and a meeting room. The Co-operative Union subscribed part of the cost, in memory of Robert Owen. The Museum occupies the former Library portion. The Museum is the only museum specifically devoted to Robert Owen. The bulk of the collection was acquired in the 1920s, some seventy years after his death. Most of the items are from Robert Owen’s time and have a direct association with him.

Panoramic city tour of EdinburghEdinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. The setting is wonderfully striking; the city is perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city-center skyline and from its ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand years of history, mystery and tradition. Yet you will also see a modern, dynamic capital where international festivals attract the world’s leading performers, galleries display cutting-edge art, and bars, restaurants and clubs create a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a distinctly Scottish twist.

Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvelous views, it continues to spellbind with its wonderful story.

Jacobite Steam Train from MallaigDescribed as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films “Highlander” and “Local Hero.”

Loch Ness Centre and ExhibitionThis world famous Exhibition has been recently refurbished to incorporate a 7 room automated walk through telling the whole story of Loch Ness from the beginning of the Ice Age through to the present day. The experience uses animations / lasers / special effects and much of the actual equipment use in the search of Loch Ness (including the world’s largest inflatable, submersibles, sonar’s, research Vessels and much more).

 

Falkirk WheelThe Falkirk Wheel is an exceptional feat of modern engineering and is already being recognized as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st century. Designed to reconnect the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boatlift in the world. Visitors can enjoy ‘The Falkirk Wheel Experience’ using special “trip” boats at the site and the distinctive new visitor center gives an absolutely sensational viewpoint from which to see The Falkirk Wheel in action. The Falkirk Wheel lies at the end of a reinforced concrete aqueduct that connects, via the Roughcastle tunnel and a double staircase lock, to the Union Canal. Boats entering the Wheel’s upper gondola are lowered, along with the water that they float in, to the basin below. At the same time, an equal weight rises up, lifted in the other gondola.

Free day in Edinburgh