Harp the Highlands and Islands 2018 Dates Announced!

David and I are very excited to announce the dates for the 2018 Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour.  We will be going 9 – 16 June. As before, we will start by gathering everyone in Edinburgh to head right out to see the sites.

We’ll spend our time exploring, visiting, touring, and getting ourselves immersed in amazing Scotland – which was recently voted Most Beautiful Country in the World!*

Add in learning tunes coupled with our sites and you can’t help but love every minute.

Go here to learn more. We have honed our trip to assure that every day is full of amazing! Even the weather, which can be moody, only improves our visit.

Seats will go quickly so be sure to return your reservation form and deposit to secure yours! There are only five seats available.  A small harp will be awaiting you so you can avoid the stress of flying with a harp.

Got questions? Ask away in the comment form below.

*I can’t make this stuff up!

Harpa wraps up for 2017

Tomorrow is the final day of the Harpa’s trip for 2017. We have had a great time, played in some incredible places, made new friends, laughed and just enjoyed ourselves immensely. We are so fortunate to have had the experience of playing for great causes in out four concerts…and a pop-up rehearsal in which we raised money for an additional charity.

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We captured a lot of the fun on a facebook page @Harpaniks. We have loads of pictures to share.

We’ll start planning our next trip soon. Can’t wait for it? We’ll be posting more information soon on the next Harp the Highlands and Islands trip soon.

Harpa 2017 is Full!

The holidays are past us and the new year is firmly established – and the Harpa 2017 trip is all booked up! We are excited to be finalizing planning and the itinerary as we all begin the work of preparing to share music.

Sue Richards is acting as Concert Mistress and has identified some fantastic tunes for us to share.  Harpa founder Beth Kolle and the the irrepressible Therese Honey with us too!  And we have a diverse group of people that are looking forward to traveling together building friendships and seeing Scotland — it’s a full and fun group!

We’re even starting to look forward to the challenges of taking a harp on travel. Ok, “looking forward to” might not be entirely accurate, but it will all be worth it to be where so much of our favorite music comes from! We will be playing lots of music and are looking forward to giving back with concerts for good local causes.

We’re not all harp players but we are all fun. We will be visiting St Andrews, Glencoe, Skye, Ayr, Dumfries and Galloway and more. And we’ll be posting pictures – I’m sure of that! Keep an eye on our Facebook page too: www.facebook.com/Harpaniks

I’m so looking forward this trip – I know we’ll have a great time!

It’s practically right around the corner!

Just six months until the Highlands and Islands tours. I’m excited and those of you that have already booked tell me you are too. I hope you’ll join us!

Picture3Not a very experienced harp player? No worries! This is not a school – it is a vacation! Play as much (or as little) as you like. We’ll be having fun. Not a harper but love traditional music? No worries! We don’t discriminate. Bring your own small traditional instrument along (whistle, concertina, fiddle, guitar, etc.). We’re happy to have you too. We’ll learn and play together. We’ll share some great tunes and play in some incredible places. Our music appreciating guests (who are not playing an instrument) are welcome to sit with us as we play but also have opportunities to see and do additional things – and they tell us they enjoy these little escapes!

But if you just don’t fancy playing the harp all over Scotland all week, you might prefer to join us for the Highlands and Islands Distillery tour. We visit six different distilleries, each very special and different in its own right. We’ll enjoy the sites and tastes of the Highlands and Islands learning all about the “uisge beatha” and its place in Scotland historically and today. While we don’t play music on this tour – we do have a great time sampling, learning, and having fun.

For more information click on http://www.jeniuscreations.com/tours-of-scotland/ and book the trip that is just right for you!

Need a last minute gift?

Are you still looking for that special holiday gift?  Need something that doesn’t have to ship but will definitely delight?  Why not give the gift of travel and join us on the Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour in 2016!

Love the idea of getting to see Scotland from an intimate perspective but not keen on playing the harp all week (or too afraid you won’t be “good enough”*)?  Join us on the Highlands and Islands Distillery Tour instead!

We’ll have a great time no matter which trip you choose.  And if you book before the end of the year, enjoy discount pricing.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Wishing you all the best for Christmas –

hope you got all the time you needed to play your harp!

*pishposh – we have had people come along who’ve never played the harp before the Tour, so you’re destined to be good enough!

Deadline is coming up – Don’t miss it!

You know that I’m excited about the upcoming 2016 Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour – we are planning this trip in July to enjoy the Scottish summer! Dates for 2016 are 30 July – 6 August 2016.  This timing will allow you the easy option to stay a little longer if you chose to go to the Tattoo, the Festival and the Fringe as well – you’ll already be there!

The tour will include the breathtaking Highlands and the Isle of Skye as well as learning and playing and having a great time.  We cater to harp players at all levels and we also welcome other traditional musicians as well as “harp appreciators”! Each day we’ll take on a tune, learn more harp lore, and learn how the music is intertwined with the history and culture.

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We will depart from Edinburgh and then spend eight days seeing the Highlands and Skye.  Our tour group will be small – no more than six travelers – which allows enough flexibility each day to see the very best Scotland has to offer and still include those special things that can’t be planned. And each day, there is a tune that matches our travels, experiences, and mood.

The early booking discount date is rapidly approaching! Book by 15 September and pay only $3000, saving nearly 15%. Prices go up after that – book by the end of the year and pay just $3200. From 1 January, $3499*. Got a crowd? Call for options.

I hope you’ll join us. For more details go to this year’s website (click on the button above for Tours of Scotland).

* Of course, there is small print:  Prices per person, double occupancy and include eight day/seven night dinner, bed and breakfast accommodations, tour and professional driver guide, entrance to all attractions, morning and afternoon coffee or tea, as well as other special treats along the way.

2016 Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour!

We are very excited to be planning the 2016 Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour – this will be our 5th year! We’re planning to go at the height of summer when the sun shines and it is beautiful!

We are looking forward to traveling 30 July – 6 August 2016.  See the beautiful, powerful sights of Scotland while we’re learning and playing and having a great time.  Picture1Our trip is designed for harp players at all levels. Each day we’ll have a harp event – learn a tune, add to your harp lore, and more all while experiencing the history of our musical heritage. Don’t play the harp?  We’re happy to have all musicians with small traditional instruments and appreciators of the music are also welcome – there’s no lack of interesting things to do!

We kick off from Edinburgh and spend the next eight days seeing the highlands and Skye.  Our tour is intimate, consisting of just six travelers on each outing. This very small group size allows flexibility so that each day we can see the very best Scotland has to offer as well as those special things that can’t be planned. And each tune will match our travels, experiences, and mood.

All this for just $3499/ppdo. Book early for a discount — book by 15 September and pay just $3000. Book by 31 December and pay $3200. Got a crowd? Call for options.

This schedule also positions you should you decide to stay on after our tour and go to the Festival, the Fringe or the Tattoo. I hope you’ll join us. For more details go to this year’s website (click on the button above for Tours of Scotland).

Harpa 2015 – We’re back!

Well, Harpa 2015 Scotland is in the books and the general consensus is that it was a great trip!  We had a fantastic time.  All the wonderful Harpaniks made the trip so much fun.  And of course, David, our tour guide and Heather, our Roadie did a fantastic job – they really made the trip.

If you haven’t already, check out our photos and commentary at Harpa 2015 on Facebook

Photo by Jack Kolle

Photo by Jack Kolle

You’re probably kicking yourself at this point – yes, you should have joined us and been part of the fun.  But fear not, we have already started planning the next one.

And of course, in 2016 we’ll be doing a Harp the Highlands and Islands Tour – so watch this space with details to come soon.

Excitement is building!

I am very excited to be departing for Harpa 2015 – Scotland!  I will be in the impressive company of 14 other delightful people and I can’t wait to get on the road! I’m throwing the last few things into my luggage, nestling my harp into its travel case and preparing to depart.

We’ll post some from the road – but remember we’re on vacation so we’ll post when we can and what we’ve got – and we’ll look forward to telling you about it when we get back!

Harpa 2015 Scotland!

This year we are planning the first Harpa tour of Scotland! We will go through some of the most beautiful scenery to be seen anywhere and this trip will allow you to experience the majestic splendor of Scotland. We will leverage our Harp the Highlands and Islands tour and build in some fantastic concerts. We have a diverse group of musicians and I can hardly wait to hear us! graphicWe will start in Edinburgh and head out to Perth and from there we’ll begin nearly two weeks of exploring, enjoying, performing, jamming, and sharing! And all the while, you will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of well-known sites and off the beaten path sights you didn’t even know about.

Beth Kolle is the Arranger in Residence and Sue Richards is our Concert Mistress.  Here’s a little sneak peak of the itinerary:

May 17th – Collect at Edinburgh, on to Perth (overnight)

18th – Tour to Wick via Glencoe and Loch Ness (overnight Wick)

19th – Ferry/Coach tour to John O’ Groats (overnight Wick)

20th – Wick to Elgin via Dunrobin Castle (overnight Elgin)

21st – Walking tour of Elgin, rehearsal and performance for CLAN Cancer Support (overnight Elgin)

22nd – Drumnadrochit and free time in Inverness (overnight Drumnadrochit)

23rd – Urquhart Castle returning to Drumnadrochit for rehearsal and then performance (overnight Drumnadrochit)

24th – Lossiemouth via Aviemore Mountain day tour (Overnight Elgin or Lossiemouth – tbf)

25th – Moray coast, return to Lossie Baptist Church (LBC) for rehearsal, church dinner and performance (Overnight Elgin or Lossiemouth – tbf)

26th – Via Pluscarden Abbey to walking tour of Forres, rehearsal and performance at Forres Heritage Centre in Tollbooth Courtroom (overnight Elgin)

27th – Royal Deeside tour (overnight Elgin)

28th – Splits into two groups for Ballindalloch and Distillery tours with floating concert at Ballindalloch (alternate halves) (overnight Elgin)

29th – Return to Edinburgh… share good byes

As you can see from the itinerary have four confirmed venues for Concerts.  Each of the venues is looking forward to the fundraising opportunity!

Hope you’ll join us for this unique tour and opportunity. Contact me if you are interested or want more information.

Send your deposit as soon as possible to guarantee a seat. The balance will be due 20 March 2015. A single supplement is available if you like.