Celtic Homelands
2 to 14 September 2018
Cruise to much-loved islands and celebrated coastlines of Western Britain

To ensure you get the very best from your time on board, some of the nation’s leading authorities on wildlife, archaeology, horticulture and Celtic connections will give a series of enlightening and engaging talks. A team of countryside rangers will also accompany the cruise to share their passion and knowledge of the native wildlife.

Derek Alexander

Derek studied prehistoric archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in the later prehistory of temperate Europe. He joined the National Trust for Scotland in 2000 as the West Region Archaeologist and was appointed as Head of Archaeological Services for the Trust in 2011. He has recently carried out research and excavations at Crarae Garden by Loch Fyne and has undertaken extensive research work on the island of Canna.

Billy Kay

Writer and broadcaster Billy Kay is a passionate advocate of the Scots language and author of the classic work Scots: The Mither Tongue. Billy has presented several radio and television series, including Haud Yer Tongue for Channel 4 Schools. In 2010 he became Honorary President of the Scots Language Society and in 2016 was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame for his services to Scots.

David R Mitchell

David spent 30 years at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, mostly as a curator. He has worked closely with many organisations including the National Trust for Scotland, the Glasgow Garden Festival and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the Royal Geographical Society, he is a respected lecturer and tour leader.

Duncan Stevenson

Duncan is a countryside management consultant in South Lanarkshire. He worked for the National Trust for Scotland for 28 years, first as a Volunteer then as a Ranger and Senior Ranger. This led to Countryside Management positions with responsibility for projects throughout Scotland. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience of Scottish and other North Atlantic landscapes, with a particular interest in ornithology.