Scotland: From the Highlands to the Islands

Adventure Club logoA Scotch Whisky Tasting Tour
September 18 - 27, 2019

Misty mountains overlooking moody lochs where mythical monsters swim. Weathered stone cottages and medieval castles propped on emerald acres. Bearded redheads playing bagpipes in driving rain. It’s time to pack your kilts and join the Fort Lewis College Adventure Club to explore Scotland’s rousing distilleries and the storybook landscape that gives Scotch Whisky its distinctive flavor.

Just a hop, skip, and jump across the Pond, this exclusive, nine-day, off-the-beaten-path expedition takes adventurers through one of the world’s wildest, hardiest terrains. Join fellow Fort Lewis College Alumni, Friends, and Donors as you create your own rugged Scottish Highlands story. Follow Professor Emeritus Jim Cross and alumnus Dave Kerns (Sociology, ’03) on a journey of the senses, piecing together a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of Single Malt Scotch.

Besides tasting whisky and making your mind up about haggis, you’ll also experience the fascinating culture of the U.K.’s northernmost country. Rub elbows with proud Scots. Read Robert Burns beside a roaring fireplace. Walk where legendary warriors fell in battle. Savour tea and shortbread with old friends, while you make new ones over the clinking sound of Scotch-filled glasses. Sip a wee dram – or a couple dozen – as you discover the power of place behind Scotland’s longstanding national beverage.

When you’ve drained that last tumbler, toasting to a rowdy history and promising future, you’ll leave wiser, tougher, and full of romantic, gritty tales about that time you grated your soul against the raw elements of windswept moors, soggy pastures, and honest-to-goodness locals who share the truth behind these hallowed grounds. What are you waiting for?  

What’s included: Nine nights lodging in contemporary and historic hotels, immersive tours, services of a Tour Director, porterage at most hotels, ground transportation (motor coaches, train, ferries), distillery entry fees, breakfast and dinner each day, one afternoon tea, welcome drink on arrival night

Lodging: From a 4-star townhouse-style hotel in Edinburgh to 3-star Victorian inns scattered across the Scottish Highlands, you’ll find rest each evening in the comfort of cozy rooms, replete with amenities ranging from libraries and lounges to log fires and windows filled with views of lochs, mountains, wildlife, and sea.

Questions: If you have questions about distillery tours or if kilts are appropriate to wear the entire time? Contact Dave Kerns at (970) 759-9632 or

*This tour is operated by UK-based Albion Journeys. All registration and payments go through them. Albion Journeys can help arrange hotels on the front or back end of the FLC Adventure Club Tour.

Itinerary, cost, and details

Reserve your spot

  • Reserve your spot on Fort Lewis College’s tour: A Taste of Scotch in Scotland – From the Highlands to the Islands, September 18-27, 2019! David Kerns will follow up with you with details in the next few days

About Albion Journeys

Our in-country tour operator is Albion Journeys, and they are handling inquiries and reservations. If you are interested in traveling on this trip, please contact Albion Journeys and talk with Melodie (Mel) Robson or Maddy Stuart toll-free at 1.866.834.8358 or email Mention the Fort Lewis College Scotch Tasting Tour. Albion Journeys HQ is in Cheltenham, UK, so try to call early in the morning (the UK is seven hours ahead of Durango).

Ready to sign-up? Complete the Booking Form and submit it to Dave Kerns or directly to Albion Journeys via email. If you wish, the Fort Lewis College office will forward the completed form to Albion Journeys via email on your behalf. You will need to contact Albion Journeys by phone within 5 business days to provide your credit card information for the deposit.

NOTE: Travel Insurance is required, and Albion recommends that travelers purchase this at the time of deposit. Albion does not book travel insurance but will be glad to recommend insurance carriers. Refer to your Insurers Disclosure Statement to ensure the travel insurance policy meets your needs.

Cancellation Charges apply as follows (Albion’s Terms & Conditions are fully outlined on their website:

  • $500 per person up to 182 days prior to departure
  • $750 per person – 181-91 days prior to departure
  • 90 days or less before departure, 100% of the program cost is non-refundable