Outlander art & history tour, Scotland

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2021: 27 Jun
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
When planning and designing an experience we pay attention to the potential environmental impacts of the different elements:
Transport: We don't run our own group transport vehicles but combine public transport with the use of small local transport providers. For the itinerary of the Outlander Art Experience this means be'll be travelling by public transport on some of the days (e.g. top Glasgow and Edinburgh), on others a small local minibus company with sustainability credentials will provide the group transport.

Waste minimization and energy saving: We don't keep office premises, but work from an office in our homes, where we minimise waste and plastic use as much as possible, print only what's absolutely necessary (using recycled cartridges and paper)and recycle as much as we can. When on tour we hand out reusable water bottles (if guests don't bring their own) and avoid plastic packaging in snacks and picnics we provide. We also encourage guests to follow our lead in their private purchases.

Buildings and historic sites: The itinerary includes daily visits to properties run by Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and similar organisations. Our entry fees contribute to the restoration and maintenance of sites ad buildings of historic and cultural interest and guests have an opportunity to learn about the challenges they face.

Choice of tutors and guides: We select tutors and guides who share our responsible travel values and communicate them to the group. For example, Anna, her herbalist leading the session at Culross Palace Gardens, cycles everywhere or uses public transport. She has a wealth of knowledge of plants and natural remedies and encourages participants to make their own using simple, natural ingredients.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All our creative experiences support local artists and craft makers, as well as local galleries and venues. This also means we don't drive a hard bargain but pay fair prices. One particular focus of the Outlander Art Experience is that guests learn about ancient traditional Scottish crafts and techniques and the stories surrounding them, told by local people. We use local studios, such as the Highland Print Studio and guests have opportunities to visit local galleries and craft makers.

Drawing and painting teaches you to really see a place and connect with it at a deeper level. This art experience also includes an element of creative writing inspired by the places we visit. All this fosters respect for local environments, places, the culture and the people.

We are always on the lookout for events taking place locally during our tour which might be of interest to the group, so we can offer them as additional itinerary items nearer the time. Last year this included an outdoor Mary Queen of Scots play performed by a small theatre company and a escape dinner based on a historical theme.

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