Welcome to Mendelssohn in Scotland. In September 2015, join the "Mendelssohn in Scotland Holiday" following in Mendelssohn's footsteps 186 years after his 1829 visit: http://www.travelforthearts.co.uk/opera-tour-mendelssohn-in-scotland.shtml
In 1829 the German composer, Felix Mendessohn, visited Scotland with his travelling companion, Karl Klingemann. It was a journey that resulted in Mendelssohn writing two of his best-loved works: the Hebrides Overture and his Symphony No 3 (Scottish). Not only was Mendelssohn a composer of genius, he was also an accomplished artist and he sketched avidly all the scenes that he saw as he travelled around the country - to see some of his sketches and modern-day photos and videos of the same views, and to learn more about Mendelssohn's experiences in Scotland, go to http://mendelssohninscotland.com/.
If you are inspired by what you see and would like to follow in his footsteps 186 years later, join the Mendelssohn in Scotland Holiday in September 2015 which will be led by Stephen Carpenter who has had a career in managing orchestras and has undertaken a detailed study of Mendelssohn's journey and recreated it as closely as possible for the modern-day traveller. Our holiday will start and end in Edinburgh and visit all the places where Mendelssohn went: Abbotsford (the home of Sir Walter Scott - one of the main reasons why Mendelssohn went to Scotland was to try to meet the great author whose novels were all the rage in the early 19th century), Melrose, Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, the Pass of Killiecrankie, Tummel Bridge, Aberfeldy, Loch Tay, Glencoe and Fort William from where we will take a trip on the famous West Highland Railway line, on a train hauled by the "Jacobite" steam train - this is a departure from Mendelssohn's itinerary as the the Railway did not exist in 1829, but it is such an iconic Scottish experience, that it has been included in our tour.
After Fort William, we drive down to Oban from where we cross by ferry to the Isle of Mull and from there to the Isle of Staffa where we will see the extraordinary Fingal's Cave; after a short stay on the magical island of Iona where we will view the Abbey before returning by coach and ferry to Oban. From Oban we return to Edinburgh via Inveraray, Loch Lomond and Stirling.
To find out more about the Mendelssohn in Scotland Holiday in September 2015, go to http://www.travelforthearts.co.uk/opera-tour-mendelssohn-in-scotland.shtml.