Sir Walter Scott famously wrote in the 'Lay of the Last Minstrel': "Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, As home his footsteps he hath turn'd, From wandering on a foreign strand!" Many Scots, and those of Scots' descent, can relate to this challenge. Thousands flocked to Alba for modern 'Homecoming' events, which motivated people with Scottish ancestry, as well as those who simply love Scotland, to "Come Home". Our history study tours in 2006, 2010 and 2013, and dozens of associated lecture series, have explored Scotland from Shetland to Strathclyde, and Skye to the Scottish Borders, and a plethora of places in between.
The scenic beauty and majesty of the highlands and islands, the rich history of the east coast and its castles, and the historic cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow captured many a heart, and have inspired requests to 'return'. This evening session of random reflection and reminiscence is for all who love Scotland; saltires, tartan and memorabilia are welcome!