Hawkeyes in Scotland: Black and Gold in the Land of Tartan

“ Iowa Voyagers decked out in black and gold from left to right are Bryan Clemons (UIAA Old Capitol Club member) of Iowa City; Pete Wallace (UIAA life member) of Iowa City; Ginny Clemons (UIAA Old Capitol Club member) of Iowa City; Kim Waterbury of Woodbury, MN; Diana Waterbury (UIAA life member) of Pequot Lakes, MN; Laura Swanson of Clive; and Kathryn Wallace (UIAA life member) of Iowa City.  Not shown in the  group photo: Mary Acton (UIAA annual member) of Des Moines and Sarah Pitts of Fort Collins, CO.”

Late this summer, the Iowa Voyagers sent three small groups on trips to Scotland.  One of these groups traveled August 25 – September 2.  Travelers Bryan, 62BA, 66DDS, and Ginny Clemons, 63BA, (UIAA Old Capitol Club members), of Iowa City, served as greeters for this group and carried the Hawkeye colors to the land of the tartan.  Many thanks to the Clemons for assisting us!

“Mary Acton and Sarah Pitts pose with Bryan Clemons and small Herky at Edinburgh Castle.”

Starting in Glasgow, the UI travelers, part of a larger group, enjoyed places such as Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe, Fort William below Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain), and the storied Isle of Skye.  They also took in breathtaking Highlands scenery near Inverness, Loch Ness, and Culloden.  They watched as border collies expertly manipulated flocks during an authentic sheepdog demonstration near Elgin, learned how Scottish whiskey is made, and paused at the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry before overnighting in Dundee.  They walked along the fairways of Old Course, part of the famed St. Andrews golf complex, then visited Scone Palace, followed by an evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.  Edinburgh was next, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy this “Prince of Cities” and to tour Edinburgh Castle.  New Lanark, the site of Britain’s larger cotton mill, was the last stop before returning to Glasgow and its elegant Georgian squares.

Diane Baker
Director, Iowa Voyagers

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