SUMMER EXPERIENCES

TREK SCOTLAND & IRELAND

Travel throughout Scotland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

scotland kayak tripTrek Scotland and Ireland is a 10 day journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, Trek Scotland and Ireland is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit a centuries-old synagogue and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow with local Jewish teens.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of Glasgow
Hike alongside Loch Tay and experience the most breathtaking views

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Experience the Sweeney Cruise on Loch Lomond and enjoy views of the magnificent Ben Lomond and see Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline
White water raft down the River Tay for a beautiful 6 mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Welcome to Scotland!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Stirling
  • Visit Stirling Castle – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Meet with the Jewish Kilt Maker
  • Group dinner at the campus restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Edinburgh

  • Morning walk up to Arthur’s Seat
  • Hike down and tour through Holyrood Palace
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Edinburgh
  • Tour through Edinburgh Castle
  • Walk back to our accommodation via Royal Mile- a main road through the Old Town in Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Crieff- Killin

  • Morning travel to Crief
  • Participate in the Mini Highland Games at Action Glen
  • Enjoy lunch at Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Transfer to Killin
  • Grocery shop in Killin in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland

DAY #5 | Thursday | Hiking and Rafting

  • Loch Tay hike from Killin
  • Transfer to Aberfeldy
  • Enjoy lunch at Highland Safari Cafe
  • Experience a 3 hour trip White Water Rafting down the River Tay from Aberfeldy to Grandtully
  • Grocery shop in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Friday | Travel to Scotland

  • Travel to Balloch
  • Experience the Loch Lomond Sweeney’s Cruise- enjoy the magnificent Ben Lomond and view a number of Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline.
  • Enjoy Pizur lunch in Balloch
  • Transfer to Glasglow
  • Check into accommodations and get ready for Shabbat Service and Dinner
  • Welcome Kabbalat Shabbat with local Jewish teens and enjoy a kosher dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasglow, Scotland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Glasglow with local Jewish teens- see George Square and the Glasgow Cathedral
  • Visit the Glasglow Climbing Center– a unique rock climbing experience where you’ll participate in a bouldering team battle
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Giants Causeway to Carrick-a-Rede

  • Morning travel to Giants Causeway
  • Hike through Giants Causeway– a rock formation on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland
  • Transfer to Carrick-a-Rede
  • Walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and enjoy the beautiful views
  • Travel to Belfast and enjoy dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Belfast, Northern Ireland

DAY #9 | Monday | Belfast to Dublin

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Belfast– see the Peace Walls in Belfast City
  • Pizur lunch in Belfast
  • Experience a walking tour through Dublin– see the Book of Kells and the famous Temple Bar
  • Tour through Trinity College
  • Group farewell dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #11 | Friday | Slán Leat!

  • Depart Dublin on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

Interested in a connecting program outside of Israel? Explore all connections options.

 

scotland kayak tripTrek Scotland and Ireland is a 10 day journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, Trek Scotland and Ireland is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit a centuries-old synagogue and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow with local Jewish teens.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of Glasgow
Hike alongside Loch Tay and experience the most breathtaking views

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Experience the Sweeney Cruise on Loch Lomond and enjoy views of the magnificent Ben Lomond and see Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline
White water raft down the River Tay for a beautiful 6 mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Welcome to Scotland!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Stirling
  • Visit Stirling Castle – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Meet with the Jewish Kilt Maker
  • Group dinner at the campus restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Edinburgh

  • Morning walk up to Arthur’s Seat
  • Hike down and tour through Holyrood Palace
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Edinburgh
  • Tour through Edinburgh Castle
  • Walk back to our accommodation via Royal Mile- a main road through the Old Town in Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Crieff- Killin

  • Morning travel to Crief
  • Participate in the Mini Highland Games at Action Glen
  • Enjoy lunch at Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Transfer to Killin
  • Grocery shop in Killin in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland

DAY #5 | Thursday | Hiking and Rafting

  • Loch Tay hike from Killin
  • Transfer to Aberfeldy
  • Enjoy lunch at Highland Safari Cafe
  • Experience a 3 hour trip White Water Rafting down the River Tay from Aberfeldy to Grandtully
  • Grocery shop in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Friday | Travel to Scotland

  • Travel to Balloch
  • Experience the Loch Lomond Sweeney’s Cruise- enjoy the magnificent Ben Lomond and view a number of Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline.
  • Enjoy Pizur lunch in Balloch
  • Transfer to Glasglow
  • Check into accommodations and get ready for Shabbat Service and Dinner
  • Welcome Kabbalat Shabbat with local Jewish teens and enjoy a kosher dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasglow, Scotland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Glasglow with local Jewish teens- see George Square and the Glasgow Cathedral
  • Visit the Glasglow Climbing Center– a unique rock climbing experience where you’ll participate in a bouldering team battle
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Giants Causeway to Carrick-a-Rede

  • Morning travel to Giants Causeway
  • Hike through Giants Causeway– a rock formation on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland
  • Transfer to Carrick-a-Rede
  • Walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and enjoy the beautiful views
  • Travel to Belfast and enjoy dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Belfast, Northern Ireland

DAY #9 | Monday | Belfast to Dublin

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Belfast– see the Peace Walls in Belfast City
  • Pizur lunch in Belfast
  • Experience a walking tour through Dublin– see the Book of Kells and the famous Temple Bar
  • Tour through Trinity College
  • Group farewell dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #11 | Friday | Slán Leat!

  • Depart Dublin on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

Interested in a connecting program outside of Israel? Explore all connections options.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

TREK SCOTLAND & IRELAND

Travel throughout Scotland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

TREK SCOTLAND & IRELAND

Travel throughout Scotland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland to explore the old world grandeur, rugged natural beauty, and cultural treasures of these storied lands.

scotland kayak tripTrek Scotland and Ireland is a 10 day journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, Trek Scotland and Ireland is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit a centuries-old synagogue and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow with local Jewish teens.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of Glasgow
Hike alongside Loch Tay and experience the most breathtaking views

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Experience the Sweeney Cruise on Loch Lomond and enjoy views of the magnificent Ben Lomond and see Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline
White water raft down the River Tay for a beautiful 6 mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Welcome to Scotland!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Stirling
  • Visit Stirling Castle – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Meet with the Jewish Kilt Maker
  • Group dinner at the campus restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Edinburgh

  • Morning walk up to Arthur’s Seat
  • Hike down and tour through Holyrood Palace
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Edinburgh
  • Tour through Edinburgh Castle
  • Walk back to our accommodation via Royal Mile- a main road through the Old Town in Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Crieff- Killin

  • Morning travel to Crief
  • Participate in the Mini Highland Games at Action Glen
  • Enjoy lunch at Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Transfer to Killin
  • Grocery shop in Killin in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland

DAY #5 | Thursday | Hiking and Rafting

  • Loch Tay hike from Killin
  • Transfer to Aberfeldy
  • Enjoy lunch at Highland Safari Cafe
  • Experience a 3 hour trip White Water Rafting down the River Tay from Aberfeldy to Grandtully
  • Grocery shop in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Friday | Travel to Scotland

  • Travel to Balloch
  • Experience the Loch Lomond Sweeney’s Cruise- enjoy the magnificent Ben Lomond and view a number of Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline.
  • Enjoy Pizur lunch in Balloch
  • Transfer to Glasglow
  • Check into accommodations and get ready for Shabbat Service and Dinner
  • Welcome Kabbalat Shabbat with local Jewish teens and enjoy a kosher dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasglow, Scotland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Glasglow with local Jewish teens- see George Square and the Glasgow Cathedral
  • Visit the Glasglow Climbing Center– a unique rock climbing experience where you’ll participate in a bouldering team battle
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Giants Causeway to Carrick-a-Rede

  • Morning travel to Giants Causeway
  • Hike through Giants Causeway– a rock formation on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland
  • Transfer to Carrick-a-Rede
  • Walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and enjoy the beautiful views
  • Travel to Belfast and enjoy dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Belfast, Northern Ireland

DAY #9 | Monday | Belfast to Dublin

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Belfast– see the Peace Walls in Belfast City
  • Pizur lunch in Belfast
  • Experience a walking tour through Dublin– see the Book of Kells and the famous Temple Bar
  • Tour through Trinity College
  • Group farewell dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #11 | Friday | Slán Leat!

  • Depart Dublin on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

Interested in a connecting program outside of Israel? Explore all connections options.

 

scotland kayak tripTrek Scotland and Ireland is a 10 day journey combining hands-on historical touring, exhilarating outdoor experiences in the Scottish countryside and bonding with fellow Jewish teens in a region renowned for its old European charm and contemporary culture.

You’ll travel to the grand European capitals of Edinburgh and Dublin where you’ll cover all of the must-see sites and must-do experiences. Along the way, you’ll also discover how the world-changing ideas that originated in these European societies continue to shape our own lives today.

As a Jewish experience, Trek Scotland and Ireland is about understanding the colorful history of Jewish Europe – its origins, triumphs and its sorrows. You’ll visit a centuries-old synagogue and spend an authentic Shabbat in Glasgow with local Jewish teens.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Visit Stirling Castle, one of the most important castles in Scotland
Participate in the Highland Games, celebrating the Scottish and Celtic culture
Spend an authentic Shabbat with the Jewish communities of Glasgow
Hike alongside Loch Tay and experience the most breathtaking views

Tour the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone
Experience the Sweeney Cruise on Loch Lomond and enjoy views of the magnificent Ben Lomond and see Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline
White water raft down the River Tay for a beautiful 6 mile stretch from Aberfeldy to Grandtully

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Europe

DAY #2 | Monday | Welcome to Scotland!

  • Arrive at Edinburgh Airport in the morning and meet our local staff
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Stirling
  • Visit Stirling Castle – one of the most important castles in Scotland historically and architecturally
  • Meet with the Jewish Kilt Maker
  • Group dinner at the campus restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Edinburgh

  • Morning walk up to Arthur’s Seat
  • Hike down and tour through Holyrood Palace
  • Enjoy a pizur lunch in Edinburgh
  • Tour through Edinburgh Castle
  • Walk back to our accommodation via Royal Mile- a main road through the Old Town in Edinburgh

OVERNIGHT: Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Crieff- Killin

  • Morning travel to Crief
  • Participate in the Mini Highland Games at Action Glen
  • Enjoy lunch at Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Transfer to Killin
  • Grocery shop in Killin in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland

DAY #5 | Thursday | Hiking and Rafting

  • Loch Tay hike from Killin
  • Transfer to Aberfeldy
  • Enjoy lunch at Highland Safari Cafe
  • Experience a 3 hour trip White Water Rafting down the River Tay from Aberfeldy to Grandtully
  • Grocery shop in preparation for a BBQ Dinner
  • Group dinner cooking BBQ over a fire-pit

OVERNIGHT: Killin, Scotland 

DAY #6 | Friday | Travel to Scotland

  • Travel to Balloch
  • Experience the Loch Lomond Sweeney’s Cruise- enjoy the magnificent Ben Lomond and view a number of Loch Lomond’s stately homes and castles along the shoreline.
  • Enjoy Pizur lunch in Balloch
  • Transfer to Glasglow
  • Check into accommodations and get ready for Shabbat Service and Dinner
  • Welcome Kabbalat Shabbat with local Jewish teens and enjoy a kosher dinner

OVERNIGHT: Glasglow, Scotland

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Glasgow

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Glasglow with local Jewish teens- see George Square and the Glasgow Cathedral
  • Visit the Glasglow Climbing Center– a unique rock climbing experience where you’ll participate in a bouldering team battle
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Glasgow, Scotland

DAY #8 | Sunday | Giants Causeway to Carrick-a-Rede

  • Morning travel to Giants Causeway
  • Hike through Giants Causeway– a rock formation on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland
  • Transfer to Carrick-a-Rede
  • Walk across Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and enjoy the beautiful views
  • Travel to Belfast and enjoy dinner at the hotel

OVERNIGHT: Belfast, Northern Ireland

DAY #9 | Monday | Belfast to Dublin

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Belfast– see the Peace Walls in Belfast City
  • Pizur lunch in Belfast
  • Experience a walking tour through Dublin– see the Book of Kells and the famous Temple Bar
  • Tour through Trinity College
  • Group farewell dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Dublin, Ireland

DAY #11 | Friday | Slán Leat!

  • Depart Dublin on a supervised flight (optional)

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered, often from the New York area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in a variety of 3-star hotels. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local European tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland is usually mild-to-warm and mostly sunny. Daytime temperatures range from the 60s to the high 70s. Evening temperatures in the summer can be as low as the 50s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Europe is 30 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Europe draws travelers from all over the world, so there is a wide range of cuisine available.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter any of the European countries we visit.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning, and self-discovery. Learn more about how connections work, and keep the memories going and going this summer!

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