A Scottish Retreat - Loch Fyne, Bute and Iona

5 - 11 Sep 2022
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Our new retreat to Loch Fyne and the wild and beautiful isles of Bute and Iona will revive the most jaded of souls. Step into a world of sea, lochs and ever-changing light, far from the bustle of the world and the stresses of everyday life. Relax in historic hotels perched on the edge of islands and lands steeped in history and spirituality, with landscapes ranging from lush, rolling hills to craggy, heather-covered moorlands and sweeping sandy beaches. At the end of the day, enjoy fresh local produce and whisky in the excellent hotel restaurants.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Mr. J. Richard Smith MD, FRCOG is a consultant gynaecological surgeon at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital and also an adjunct associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in various Scottish hospitals until 1988. He then moved to further his training at St Mary’s Hospital in London and took up a consultant post at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 1993. He is also an honorary consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He moved to Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s Hospital a few years ago where his sub-specialisation of gynaecology is oncology, and within this he specialises in gestational trophoblastic disease, ovarian germ cell tumours, cervical cancer and vulval disease. During his career, he co invented the procedure of radical abdominal trachelectomy, and the modified Strassman procedure to allow fertility sparing surgery for woman with rare uterine tumours. He is a registered colposcopist and has a long-running interest in the management of pelvic pain and the psychology both of his patients and of the operating theatre.

His main surgical interest is fertility-sparing surgery and his research interest is the development of uterine transplantation, both from live and brain-dead donors. He is the Chairman of Womb Transplant UK Charity and leader of this research team. He is an Honorary Consultant in Transplantation Surgery at the University of Oxford hospitals. He is also involved with research related to endometrial transplantation, endometrial stem cell research and novel treatments for vulval cancers.

He has a long-running interest in doctor-patient communication and has published Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Healing 2009, Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Living 2015. He is the series editor of Patient Pictures (17 books) (210,000 copies). With respect to books for the medical profession he is First Editor of an Atlas of Gynaecological Oncology (4 editions) and of eight other post-graduate medical textbooks. The Story of Womb Transplant UK has recently been accepted as a title by World Scientific Press. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous reviews and articles.

In the field of non- medical publishing he has published The Journey: Spirituality, Pilgrimage and Chant, DLT, 2016 and currently has two new non - medical books with his agent entitled A Very Byzantine Journey and Don’t Give Up: A Story of Hope in Twelve Golden Rules.

He has four children who he loves dearly and spends his time between London, where he lives on a house boat, and Scotland, where he lives at the south end of an island, in the middle of nowhere.

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Itinerary at a glance

Pre-tour extension 4-5 September 2022

  • Day 1: Glasgow (Sun, 4 September) Arrive and check into the Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor.
  • Day 2: Glasgow / Loch Fyne (Mon, 5 September) Visit the outstanding Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of Europe’s great art collections, and the Mackintosh House. Continue to visit the Hunterian Museum and Bute Hall at Glasgow University. Transfer from Glasgow to Loch Fyne and check into the award-winning The Creggans Inn Hotel on the shores of the loch. Dinner at The Creggans Inn.

Main tour itinerary 5 – 11 September 2022

  • Day 1: Glasgow / Loch Fyne (Mon, 5 September) Transfer from Glasgow to Loch Fyne and check into the award-winning The Creggans Inn Hotel on the shores of the loch. Dinner at The Creggans Inn.
  • Day 2: Loch Fyne / Bute / Loch Fyne (Tues, 6 September) Transfer to the Isle of Bute and visit Mount Stuart House and its glorious 300-acre gardens. Return to Loch Fyne. Option of taking part in self-hypnosis workshop. Dinner at The Creggans Inn.
  • Day 3: Loch Fyne (Wed, 7 September) Travel to Bute and to Garrochty House, home to ‘the father of neurosurgery’, Sir William Macewen. Option of taking part in self-hypnosis workshop. Take part in a walk along the south of the island and see Holy Isle and the surrounding islands of the Hebrides. Tea at Garrochty House. Dinner at The Creggans Inn.
  • Day 4: Loch Fyne / Mull / Oban / Iona (Thurs, 8 September) Early start to drive to the port of Oban. Take a ferry across to the Isle of Mull to Fionnphort.Disembark and take the passenger ferry to Iona. Arrive and walk to the Argyll Hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 5: Iona (Fri, 9 September) Visit Iona Abbey. Option to take part in repetitive chant workshop. Option for walks, cold water swim or golf on the small island course (the hotel has golf clubs available). Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 6: Iona (Sat, 10 September) Option to take part in repetitive chant workshop. Option of taking a boat trip to Fingal's Cave, a sea cave known for its natural acoustics on the Inner Hebridean island of Staffa. At leisure. Option for walks, cold water swim or golf on the small island course. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 7: Iona / Glasgow (Sun, 11 September) Travel by ferry and bus to Glasgow. Arrive Glasgow mid-afternoon.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is USD $2,407 per person sharing

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