Tuesday, January 5, 2021
A very happy new year to our valued clients and friends! Covid-19 changed all our plans last year. While things remain difficult right now, a major vaccination program is already under way in Scotland. We are optmistic that travel will open up again soon. For leaders thinking about a group tour, now is a great time to plan for 2022. Our director, Rev. Jim Wallace, will be glad to help. Please feel free to contact Jim with any questions or simply to learn more. For folks who want to join an open tour we have availability in September and October 2021. We will also shortly be posting a brochure for an open tour in June 2022. See our Brochures page for details or email us if you have questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Scotland.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
We have just posted details of two great new open tours for 2021. Discovering Scotland includes visits to Edinburgh, St Andrews, Isle of Iona and much more - ideal for first time visitors. Exploring Scotland goes all the way to the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides - great for anyone who has been to Scotland before but would like to see more. We know some of our guests will be concerned about booking while there is so much uncertainty due to the Covid pandemic - so we have made these tours fully refundable up to 60 days before travel. See the brochures for details. Both tours have an earlybird discount deadline of September 23, 2020. Discounts are also available for parties of 4 and early payment. We'll be delighted to welcome you to Scotland.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The last few months have been difficult. But Scotland has had great success against Covid 19. Infection rates have been driven down. Tourism is open. We are now accepting bookings for Fall 2021 onwards. If you think you might like to lead a custom tour for your church or choir please get in touch. Our advice to group leaders is always to allow plenty time to make arrangements. Have an early conversation with us. We'll listen to what you need. If you're not sure where to start, we can help. For individual travelers there are also some possibilities on our Open Tours page.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
A very happy new year to all of our clients and friends! We are looking forward to a busy season in 2020. Tours begin in April this year and we are adding the finishing touches to arrangements for those. We are also booking custom groups for 2021. If you are considering a tour for next year now is the ideal time to get in touch. We'll be glad to help - please contact us.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Just added for 2020 - a new open tour which anyone can join. Discovering Scotland runs May 5 - 13, 2020. Earlybird Discount available until December 15, 2019.
See Our Brochures page for details.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Thinking about bringing a group in 2020? Please get in touch as soon as possible to discuss options. We'll be glad to help.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Our 2019 season has begun with groups from Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, PA and House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN. We're now looking forward to an open group arriving in June and many more over the next few months. It's great to be touring!
We are booking custom tours for 2020. Availability is still good. But please don't delay if you are thinking of arranging a group tour - the earlier you get in touch, the better. And we are always happy to help.
For anyone wishing to join one of our open tours in 2019 this is still possible. We have space on our program for Presbyterian Women in August/September. There's a great open tour in October. And a Hebrides tour also in October.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Here at Scotus Tours we are looking forward to a very busy 2019 season with groups arriving April through October.
Interested in joining a tour in 2019? There's still time. See our Brochures page for details - open tours in June and October; Presbyterian Women's tour August/September; and a visit to the Outer Hebrides in October with Rev Dr Stuart Baskin.
We are now accepting bookings for 2020 custom tours. If you are thinking about bringing a group next year please get in touch now. We can help with your planning and answer questions. Good accommodation for groups in Scotland books out early - don't delay! Email our director, Rev. Jim Wallace.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Good to see many friends at PC(USA) General Assembly. I'll be at the Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering in Louisville, KY: August 2-4 - please come by and visit in the exhibit hall if you're there.
Brand new tour for Presbyterian Women posted on our website today: Women in Scotland's Story - Aug 31 - Sept 8, 2019. Early booking recommended.
Have enjoyed great tours already this season with groups from Dunwoody, GA; Knoxville, TN; Schreiner University, TX. Looking forward to welcoming our remaining groups in September and October.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
PC(USA) General Assembly - St Louis, Missouri: we will be in the exhibit hall all week - please come by and visit with us.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
OPEN TOURS 2018: We still have space on our 2018 open tours. Please email us to check availability.
2019 GROUPS: Thinking about a custom tour for your church or choir next year? Now is the time to get in touch. We are now planning our 2019 tour calendar. Contact our director, Rev. Jim Wallace, for details.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
NEW OPEN TOURS FOR 2018: We've just added to our open tour offerings for next year. In addition to Discovering Scotland in May 2018 we now have a simlar tour in September 2018 also. And, for anyone wanting to go a bit further, we have Exploring Scotland in April/May 2018 which includes the beautiful islands of the Outer Hebrides. The two newly posted tours have earlybird discount until December 3. You can find the brochures on our website.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
QUEENSFERRY CROSSING: Scotus directors Jim and Catherine Wallace have taken part in this weekend's historic walk across the new Queensferry Crossing. The construction of the 1.7 mile bridge across the river Forth has been the largest civil engineering project in Scotland for many years. 50,000 people have been given the opportunity to walk over before it opens to traffic - a one time event since it will not normally have pedestrian access. "It was a beautiful day and we strolled with our friends in early September sunshine", said Jim Wallace, "The views across the Forth were spectacular. This was a very special time." Some 250,000 people applied to take part, the lucky 20% being selected by ballot. The Queensferry Crossing is being officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on Monday, September 4 when the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will also bless the new bridge.
Friday, August 11, 2017
DISCOVERING SCOTLAND - our new open tour for May 2018 is NOW BOOKING. Anyone can sign up for this - you don't need to be part of a group. You can find the brochure on our website. Earlybird discount for sign up by September 20.
Interested in a CUSTOM TOUR for your group in 2018? There is still time to make arrangements but please contact us as soon as possible.
Monday, August 7, 2017
We've been having a great time with our 2017 tours. Our season began in April with the choir of Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church, NJ. Then we welcomed groups from West Chester, PA and Shreveport, LA. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian, NYC did a two-part tour with an option for a retreat on Iona. And we hosted an adult group of Episcopalians and Presbyterians from Wayne, PA while their youth choir also toured in Scotland. You can read what some of them have said about their experiences here. We are looking forward to welcoming a large group from Tyler, TX in early October.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
2018 booking is now open. if you are interested in leading a group next year please get in touch as soon as possible. We still have good availability right now and will be happy to help.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
We've just enjoyed the first tour of our 2017 season with the choir of Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church, NJ. The choir sang in Iona Abbey and gave a concert at the local church in Dunning, Perthshire. Last Sunday they sang during morning worship at Stobswell Parish Church, Dundee. It's been a wonderful week of music and travel, enjoying Scotland's beautiful scenery and learning about our history, culture and shared Presbyterian heritage. We're looking forward to receiving our next groups who are coming to us from Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana and Texas.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
"Discovering Scotland" - our open tour for 2017: the Earlybird Rate has just been extended as a special offer. Book by November 30, 2016 for a $100 discount. Includes Iona, Inverness, Perth, St Andrews, Edinburgh.This tour is open to anyone and you can sign up on our website. See our brochure for details.
2018 Groups - we are now planning our 2018 schedule. If you are thinking about bringing a group please get in touch so we can put you on our calendar. Lots of advance notice allows folks to commit to the date and expense of a tour and gives the leader much more chance of forming a successful group. It is never too early to talk and we are happy to hear from you. Contact us.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Looking forward now to our 2017 season. We already have bookings for groups from Old Greenwich, NJ; West Chester, PA; Shreveport, LA; New York, NY; Wayne, PA. And we have more churches arranging tours right now. We still have availability for Fall 2017 - please get in touch quickly if you would like to bring a group at that time.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thanks to all of our groups from the 2016 season. This year we toured right into mid October and were blessed with some lovely Fall days. It's been a real pleasure to welcome groups from Fort Wayne, IN; Pelham, NY; Fargo, ND; and New Bern, NC. We've traveled the length and breadth of Scotland together - and I had a great time being with you! I never tire of Scotland's beautiful scenery. I learn more and more about my own country's history every time we tour. And I have the joy of meeting so many of you who come as visitors and leave as friends. Thank you for giving me the privilege.
And haste ye back!
Thursday, June 6, 2016
Rev. Jim Wallace will be representing Scotus Tours at the General Assembly of the PC(USA) in Portland, OR, June 17 - 22, 2016. He will be in the exhibit hall all week. He's looking forward to chatting with anyone interested in touring Scotland in 2017 or beyond. You can drop in any time to see him or email him if you would like to set up an appointment - email@example.com
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
2016 Open Tours - Now Booking
We have two great new tours for 2016 which anyone can join. Discovering Scotland (#1) is in July - an eight day journey through this nation's rich history set against a backdrop of beautiful scenery and city visits. Enjoy the fine hospitality and find out more about Scotland's heritage of faith. The tour includes two nights in the center of Edinburgh. Discovering Scotland (#2) begins at the end of August and runs through the first week in September. This tour is a day longer than the earlier one and includes a stay on Iona - a very special island where, in the year 563, St Columba landed and established a Christian community. Both tours are being managed in person by our director, Jim Wallace. Nice hotels, good food and comfortable coach travel. A fascinating itinerary and so much to see. Earlybird rates until October 30, 2015. Booking now open. See our Brochures page for details.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Rev. Jim Wallace became full time director of Scotus Tours in March 2015. With extensive church experience in both Scotland and the US he is ideally suited to this position - and he is loving the work. Already this year we have hosted groups from First Presbyterian, Fort Worth, TX; FPC Marietta, OH; and First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.
Interested in a tour for next year? We are now booking 2016 tours - please email us if you are interested in leading a group.