Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midland College announces new travel course to Scotland

Castles and Holy Shrines of Scotland, May 29-June 6, 2018

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Dr. Margaret Wade, dean of Math, Science & Kinesiology at Midland College (MC), will once again lead an exciting travel course. The continuing education course, which will emphasize the archaeology and biology of Scotland, will be offered May 29-June 6, 2018.

In the past, Dr. Wade has coordinated various other MC travel courses, mostly to Central and South America. These courses have been very popular with the Midland community.

“I wanted to plan a trip that was a little different,” explained Dr. Wade. My husband and I were in Scotland not long ago; the country is absolutely breathtaking! While I was there, I kept thinking that it would be great to share the history and culture with other Midlanders. When I returned home, I contacted Dr. Edwin Barnhart with the Mayan Exploration Center, with whom I’ve partnered in the past on travel courses, and he was interested in working with me to plan the trip.”

Wade explained that the Scotland travel course will expose participants to the country’s rich biological and historical environment. It will also introduce them to the culture of the area.

The course is being offered as part of MC’s continuing education programming. Cost is $2,800 per person based on double occupancy. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Fifty percent of the balance is due February 29, 2018, and the final balance is due April 29, 2018. Cost includes lodging, private ground transport, ferry tour, private tour leader for the duration of the trip, all entry fees, local tour guides and breakfasts. Participants will be responsible to arrange for their own air transportation.

Once in Scotland, the trip will include guided tours of Edinburgh Castle and Palace, Holyrood Palace or Rosalyn Chapel, Holy Island, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument, Helensburgh, the Isle of Iona, the Oban Whiskey Distillery and St. Andrews. Dr. Wade has also planned the trip so that there is some time for participants to explore various sites on their own. Lodging accommodations are covered in the course fee and will include hotels as well as bed and breakfast inns.

Wade emphasized that everyone in the community is welcome to participate. Since this is a continuing education course, there will be no papers to write, exams, etc. Participants are free to explore and enjoy!

For more information, contact Dr. Wade at (432) 685-4615, mwade@midland.edu

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