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Celtic Roots and Global Appalachia: Highlands and Hebrides
The 2021 Global Appalachia Celtic Roots program will bring travelers an understanding of Celtic traditions and storytelling associated with the Scottish Highlands and Orkney Islands, in addition to Cumberland’s English Lakes and the Yorkshire Moors—all featured in the stories of Robert Burns, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Bronte, William Shakespeare, James Boswell and Dr. Johnson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Virginia Woolf, Scottish classics like Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song, and Appalachian writers Ron Rash and Denise Giardina. Travelers will visit World Heritage Sites throughout Britain, with highlights of the travel adventure including Grasmere, Ayr, Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Haworth, Whitby, and London.
05/11/2021 to 05/23/2021
$3,348 - based on a minimum of 20 participants; international airfare TBD
11 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Public Transportation Passes
Cultural Tour Admission Fees
Country Guidebook & Pre-travel Documents
Embedded Medical Insurance
24/7 Emergency Support
Where: Zoom Call with an actual location TBD
When: October 30 2020, 5:00 pm
Learn more about this program at our upcoming info session!
To read more of our itinerary, click “Register Now” to view the registration portal.
Grassmere 1 day, 2 nights
Boat ride on Derwent Water: Enjoy a Keswick Launch cruise with spectacular views on the lake upon whose shores the poet Wordsworth spent his childhood.
Keswick Market: There are over 60 stalls of food and crafts vendors here for some shopping after your boat tour.
Robert Burns Museum in Ayr: En route from Grassmere, stop in Ayr to learn more about Scotland’s National Bard as you make your way through the village, along the Poet’s Path, and to the cottage where he was born.
Edinburgh 1 day, 2 nights
Writer’s Museum: Scotland’s greatest writers are represented here in a collection of books, manuscripts, portraits, and personal items.
Free Time: You might visit Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, or other iconic sites in this exciting city during a free afternoon.
Inverness 3 days, 3 nights
Loch Ness: What trip to Scotland would be complete without a boat ride on Loch Ness to search for the fabled Monster!
Orkney Islands: Spend a day touring these fascinating islands to see prehistoric sites, the WWII-famed Italian Chapel, St. Magnus Cathedral and Stromness.
Drummossie Muir: The historic Battle of Culloden took place here in 1745; it was the final confrontation in the Jacobite uprising.
Inverness Castle: Tour the castle which Shakespeare used as home to his Macbeth.
Whitby 1 day, 1 night
Whitby Abbey: Visit the site which for over 1,000 years has inspired numerous artists, religious leaders, and writers such as Dracula’s Bram Stoker.
London 3 days, 3 nights
Bronte Parsonage in Haworth: En route to London, visit the former Bronte family home where Charlotte, Emily and Anne spent most of their lives writing their novels.
Tour of London: Enjoy an introduction to England’s capital city; see Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and many other iconic sites!
Free Time: You will have a day and a half to explore London at your leisure, shopping for souvenirs, exploring museums, or sampling the global cuisines offered at its many restaurants and pubs.
Meet the Faculty
Professor of English, Director of Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities
Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt is Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities at Shepherd University. She is managing editor of The Anthology of Appalachian Writers (ISSN 1946-3103), an annual anthology of Appalachian, poets, fiction writers, essayists, and photographic artists; and she is Director of the NEH Summer Institute Voices from the Misty Mountains and the Power of Telling Storytelling (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) and the WV BRIDGE Institute (2020). Shurbutt’s writing has appeared in The Journal of Appalachian Studies, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, North Carolina Review, Women's Studies, Women and Language, Essays in Literature, Destinations and Discoveries: A Short Collection of Literary Travel Essays, and she has presented at the International Wordsworth Conference in Grasmere, UK. Her volume on Silas House, The Shimmering Knot Before Him, is scheduled for publication in late 2020 by UK Press. Shurbutt was 2006 West Virginia Professor of the Year, 2015 President of National Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), 2016 ASA Conference Chair, and received the Stephen Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020. The global Appalachia Celtic Roots travel program has taken student and community travelers across the world for the past twenty years.
Explore first hand the history and storytelling of Celtic roots in the United Kingdom by visiting cultural sites located throughout the historic cities of Grasmere, Ayr, Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Hawthorne, Whitby, and London.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
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