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Scotland: Castles, Highlands & World Pipe Band Championships

August 6-18, 2024 (13 days)

Travel with President Suzanne M. Rivera & Professor of English Andrea Kaston Tange

Join us on this exclusive, custom-designed, luxurious tour in Scotland, celebrating Macalester’s 150th anniversary!

  • With Professor Kaston Tange and an expert Scottish guide, we will explore spectacular Highland scenery of lochs and mountains that are dotted with castles and charming towns.
  • Our journey ends in Glasgow to attend the World Pipe Band Championships, cheering on Macalester’s own Pipe Band!
  • Enjoy a 150th anniversary happy hour reception with our pipe band members and fellow alumni.
  • Attend the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
  • Visit several castles including Edinburgh, Stirling, Kilchurn, and Inveraray, the latter home to the Duke of Argyll.
  • Travel aboard the renowned Jacobite Steam Train.
  • Look out for “Nessie” during our cruise on famous Loch Ness.
  • Explore Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses one of Europe’s great art collections.
  • Visit the Centre for Robert Burns Studies to learn about Glasgow’s literary and cultural history, and the legacies of Scotland’s national poet.
  • Savor excellent meals and enjoy splendid hotels.

Download the detailed brochure | Reserve your space online | Contact Eos Study Tours for more information

Host & Leader:

Dr. Suzanne M. Rivera

President Suzanne M. Rivera

Dr. Suzanne M. Rivera is the President of Macalester College. A bioethicist by training, she is a scholar, teacher, and leader with over 25 years of higher education experience. Rivera is engaged in numerous professional, civic, and municipal leadership roles, including serving on the boards of the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and College Possible. She also is a member of the Executive Council for Minnesota’s Young Women’s Initiative and TeenSHARP’s National Advisory Board, and is an elected Member-at-large of AAAS’ Social, Economic, and Political Sciences section. Before arriving at Macalester, Rivera worked at Case Western Reserve University, UT Southwestern, and UC-Irvine. Rivera received a BA in American Civilization from Brown University, an MSW from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in public affairs (health policy emphasis) from University of Texas at Dallas. She and her spouse, Dr. Michael Householder, have two children.

Dr. Andrea Kaston Tange

Andrea Kaston Tange, Professor of English

Dr. Andrea Kaston Tange is a professor of nineteenth-century British literature in the Macalester English department and President of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association. She has published widely on Victorian domesticity, empire, travel, and visual images—scholarly work ranging from new takes on well-known novels to discussions of notable nineteenth-century travelers such as Isabella Bird to photographs of Victorian infants in which adults are half-concealed. Andrea loves giant novels, small ephemera, and the quirky details that reveal themselves in archives. Her interest in visual images has also found audiences in mainstream publications, such as an article in Slate on delightfully strange Victorian Christmas cards. As Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives (a Mellon/ACM collaboration), Andrea is working to build a tool that will enable current and prospective members of the Mac community to learn more about the career paths alumni have taken. She is presently working on two projects: a monograph on travel entitled Imagined Encounters: Public Impressions and Private Lives in the Age of Empire, and a book-length piece of creative nonfiction based on her great-grandmother’s 1926 diary. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, gardening, and photography. Andrea and her husband Rick are proud parents of two teenagers, the older of whom is currently a sophomore at Mac.


Tuesday, August 6, 2024: Fly to Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday, August 7: Arrive Edinburgh | Optional city tour | The Royal Yacht Britannia | Transfer to hotel | Welcome dinner

Thursday, August 8: Edinburgh: Walking tour, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse | Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Friday, August 9: Stirling: Stirling Castle, National Wallace Monument | Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park | Inveraray

Saturday, August 10: Inveraray Castle | Kintyre Peninsula | Inveraray

Sunday, August 11: Scenic drive to Kilchurn Castle | Oban | Isle of Eriska

Monday, August 12: Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig | Isle of Eriska

Tuesday, August 13: Cruise on Loch Ness | Inverness: Walking tour

Wednesday, August 14: Culloden Battlefield | Fort George or Cawdor Castle | Inverness

Thursday, August 15: Speyside | Cairngorms National Park scenic drive | Dundee | St. Andrews

Friday, August 16: Glasgow: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Centre for Robert Burns Studies | 150th anniversary reception

Saturday, August 17: Glasgow: World Pipe Band Championships, Optional city walking tour | Farewell dinner

Sunday, August 18: Fly home

Tour Prices (11 Nights)

Per Person/Double Occupancy
18-20+ Participants $15,545
15-17 Participants $16,995
Single Supplement (limited availability) $3,725

We currently have enough rooms reserved for a maximum of 20 participants. This space is available on a first come, first served basis. Once those spaces are filled all other reservation requests will be on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability, so call for your space today!
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required. With fewer than 15 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.

Additional Information

To reserve your space using an online form, click here.
For reservations or for more information, download the detailed brochure, contact Eos Study Tour at 1-800-856-8951 or email [email protected]

Celebrate 150 years with Macalester in Scotland!