Literary Adventure through Scotland: North Highlands and Orkney Islands, with Poet Kim Stafford

September 15 - 25, 2025 

A literary hiking adventure through spectacular scenery, accompanied by authors from the 13th century to the present day who illuminate for us the Viking history of the islands and the Clearances of Sutherland and Caithness. The landscapes - and weather - of the north of Scotland, are integral to the sagas, poems and novels of its writers, and arguably also to the very character of the people who live there.

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  • An initial non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due to secure your spot. 
  • Registration will remain open until the trip has reached capacity. 

Program Highlights

  • Time with Kim Stafford and Perrin Kerns to discuss literature and writing.
  • Visit Dunbeath Strath where writer Neil Gunn grew up, and see Grey cairns of Camster, Caithness.
  • Learn about the geology and revel in the beautiful scenery of the Highlands visiting Knockan Crag and UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Take in Handa island with its bird colonies, including puffins.
  • Explore the Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    The Orkneyinga Saga: Illustration by Sigurd Towrie

  • Hike from Rackwick to the Old Man of Hoy sea stack.
  • The good company of adventurous and curious-minded Lewis & Clark alumni and friends.




  • Double Room is $5,995 per person.
  • Single Room is $6 995 
  • Price does not include International airfare, optional tips, some beverages at meals, some small incidental fees like video or photo charge at specific sites, restrooms, etc..



  • $1,000 per person. Click here to register.

Balance Payment

  • Deposit + Balance Payment of $4,995 per person in a Double Room; $5,995  in a Single Room. 


Faculty Leader



Kim Stafford, Professor Emeritus and 2018 Oregon Poet Laurette 

Kim Stafford is Emeritus Professor at Lewis & Clark College writes, teaches and travels to raise the human spirit through poetry. In 1986, he founded the Northwest Writing Institute, and he has published a dozen books of poetry and prose. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, Mexico, and Bhutan. In 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate for a two-year term. Kim will be joined by his wife English teacher Perrin Kerns.


Kim Stafford and his wife smiling at the camera



The Portland Hotel (3)

The Portland Hotel is a small family run hotel located in the harbour village of Lybster made famous during the filming of Netflix hit The Crown. The hotel holds a unique history and is known for its award winning locally sourced food, hearty portions with comfortable, individually styled rooms and friendly staff.

Inver Lodge Hotel (2)

You will stay at the Inver Lodge Hotel looking down out over the quiet fishing village of Lochinver and across the clear waters of the loch towards Scotland’s Western Isles. Inver Lodge offers luxurious facilities and excellent cuisine. The roaring log fire is the focal point of the relaxing Foyer to set the ambience of the warmest of Scottish welcomes.

Orkney Hotel (4)

The Orkney Hotel dates back to 1670 when local merchant John Richan built it as a family home. The Orkney Hotel is situated in the heart of the ancient
royal burgh of Kirkwall. The hotel offers every modern convenience, while retaining most of its original features and award winning local cuisine meets traditional Orcadian hospitality.

Palace Hotel & Spa (1)

The Palace Hotel was built on the site of Ness House, a mansion that was destroyed in 1870. The building was designed by Ross & MacBeth and opened in 1890 to the designs of Dr. Alexander Ross. It is a Baronial-style three-storey building, with two conicalroofed towers, connected by an arch. The hotel has a Scots Baronial entrance very similar to the entrance of Fyvie Castle.


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