Writing & walking the wilds of Scotland

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Cost: $7950* tbc ($6850* Orkney & Shetland tbc).

Group size: 8-14

Edinburgh – Trossachs NP – Cairngorms NP – Isle of Skye – Isle of Harris/Lewis  – John o’ Groats – Orkney Islands Shetland

“One never quite knows the mountain, or one’s self in relation to it”

~ Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.

This journey through the Scottish Highlands and islands is designed for travellers interested in writing and the natural world.

Dr Inga Simpson (author of Understory, Nest, http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=cheapest-ciprofloxacin-online Mr Wigg, and http://actiononaccess.org/?c=can-you-take-amoxil-with-pain-meds Where the Trees Were) teams up with archaeologist and expert tour leader, Dr Christopher Carter (of Time Travel Australia) to offer a unique combination of travel and retreat, walking and writing — an immersion in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, and rich natural, human and literary histories.

We’ll explore the wildest landscapes of Scotland: the Trossachs and Cairngorms national parks, the Isle of Skye, and the islands of Harris & Lewis. And, if you choose the optional archeological adventure, magical Orkney and Shetland.

Along the way, you’ll learn how to capture what you see and experience on the page, through a series of practical workshops, and one-on-one feedback from Inga. 

For those continuing on to Orkney and Shetland, you’ll have also the chance to apply what you have learned, developing a polished piece based on your journey for feedback.

We’ll meet in Edinburgh, UNESCO City of Literature, during festival season, retracing the steps of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to take in the city’s highlights, including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, and the Royal Mile. For those interested, there is also the option of attending the National Book Festival.

Then we’ll head inland, to the Trossachs, the picturesque landscapes that have inspired many writers and artists, including Scott, Wordsworth, & Coleridge. We’ll walk Loch Katrine – one of the settings in Stevenson’s Kidnapped, hiding place of outlaw Rob Roy, and the inspiration for Scott’s “Lady of the Lake”. We’ll also stroll through remnants of the Great Wood of Caledon, visit some of the region’s historical highlights, and taste its best local whiskeys and gins.

Then we’re off to Cairngorms, subject of Nan Shepherd’s classic, The Living Mountain. Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK, containing its highest mountains and many rare and endangered species, including: highland tigers, golden eagles, capercaillies, water voles, ptarmigan’s and pine martens.

Next we cross the water to the Isle of Skye, famous for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and history. We’ll stay in charming Portree, and day-trip highlights include: the Flodigary fossils, Neist Point Lighthouse, Dunvegen Castle, and up close experience with seals.

On atmospheric Harris and Lewis we’ll visit neolithic sites, including Callanish Standing Stones and the Trussel Stone, and see where the mysterious Lewis Chessmen were found.

Then we head north, up to John O’ Groats, to take the spectacular coastal walk to the Rock Stacks of Duncansby, complete with nesting sea birds and curious seals.

For those continuing on to Orkney, Christopher will guide you through some of the best-known neolithic ruins, Skara Brae and the Ness of Brodgar on Mainland. We’ll also venture further afield to the islands of Hoy, Rousay and Westray, visiting a range of sites and spectacular landscapes. The islands are also rich in birdlife, with the sea a constant and powerful presence.

Shetland, the northernmost part of Scotland, is even more remote, and more magical, containing a broad range of prehistoric ruins. It is here that you we will have the opportunity to participate in a real archaeological dig!

Throughout both legs of the tour, we’ll stay in historic buildings in beautiful natural settings.

During the first leg of the tour, Christopher will offer alternate activities for non-writing partners, including: historical & archaeological excursions, wildlife photography workshops, fly fishing lessons, and whiskey/gin tastings.

Writing workshops

The writing workshops are suitable for writers at all levels, whether interested in nature writing, travel writing, memoir, fiction, blog-writing, short pieces or book-length projects. The workshop content will be tailored to suit the interests and skills of participants.

Our time spent immersed in the Trossachs, Cairngorms, Isle of Skye and Harris will include daily writing workshops, exploring a range of techniques for writing about place, in combination with plot and character. The workshops utilise a mixture of tuition, examples 9often from works set in those places we will be visiting), practical writing exercises and group discussion.

You’ll also have the opportunity to receive written and verbal feedback from Inga on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand. And, if travelling on to Orkney and Shetland, you’ll have the chance to apply what you have learned, developing a personal piece about your journey to submit to Inga for feedback.

Tour highlights:

Stirling Castle
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The Great Wood of Caledon
Cairn Gorm
Rock Stacks of Duncansby
Flodigary fossils
Callanish Standing Stones
Skara Brae
Lewis Chessmen
Old Man of Hoy
Unique bird and wildlife
Whiskey and gin tastings
Archaeological digs


Tour leader and/or local guides for the duration of the tour
Accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star accommodation with private facilities. Single supplement available on request
Land transport on private, chartered mini-coach
Most meals
10  writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
(For those travelling to Orkney and Shetland, individual feedback on a further 5000 words)
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

*based on twin-share, Single-supplement prices tbc.

For a more detailed itinerary or more information about the writing workshops, email inga@olvarwood.com.au


Lamington NP Retreat


We’re excited to announce a five-night nature writing retreat in world heritage-listed Lamington National Park, staying at historic O’Reilly’s.

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  • Five nights’ accommodation in a Rainforest Lodge Mountain View room
  • All tuition (5 morning workshops)
  • Personal feedback on written work submitted beforehand (up to 5000 words).
  • Welcome sunset drinks and nibbles at Moonlight Crag (a 500m clifftop overlooking the Lost World Rainforest and MacPherson Ranges), followed by drinks and a light dinner in the Rainforest Bar
  • Five buffet breakfasts in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Three 3-course dinners in the Rainforest Retreat Guesthouse
  • Final night private dinner in the Mountain View Dining Room
  • Guided early morning bird walk
  • Morning canopy treetop walk
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  • A winetasting tour at Canungra Valley Vineyard
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • Tea, coffee, and a light morning tea during session.
  • Gorgeous walks, scenery, and Gondwanaland remnants on tap

The retreat is suitable for writers at all levels. It focuses on place, and capturing the natural world on the page, whether in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, travel writing or poetry – and the content will be tailored to suit the writing needs of participants.

Workshops will cover: research, character, plot and place, setting & description, developing a novel from a messy manuscript to a polished draft, self editing, and submission. I use a mixture of tuition, practical writing exercises, and writing examples, with plenty of opportunity for group discussion.


Transfers are available from Gold Coast Airport at an additional cost.

*If you would prefer to stay in a newly-appointed Villa, which has a full kitchen, and self-cater (other than the welcome and final dinners), the total cost would be $2630.  The villas have two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, so you could share with another writer, or bring a writing pal, to reduce the cost. Please enquire if you would like to book this option.

Deposits are fully refundable until 5 July.

There is a restaurant, bar, café and small store on site.

Please email me with any questions.

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White Beech by Germaine Greer

Green Mountains by Bernard O’Reilly.

One Mountain After Another by Arthur Groom

Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven

Birds by Judith Wright


Weekend Retreat @ Kioloa: 4-6 December

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December 4-6, 2015

Led by Inga Simpson and Chris Carter

Participants: 10-15

Cost: $525 (includes accommodation, tuition, guided walks, and all meals).

Where: Kioloa, far south coast, NSW

The miniature sandscapes of ridge and valley pressed into the soles of my feet and for days after the walk I would feel a memory of that pressure and pattern” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Start your writing summer early by spending a weekend immersed in writing and place on the pristine far south coast of New South Wales.

Writing workshops will be led by Dr Inga Simpson, author of Nest and Mr Wigg. You’ll learn more about the genre of nature writing, and through a mixture of tuition, examples, practical writing exercises and discussion, hone your skills for describing the natural world and anchoring character and plot to place. You’ll also consider issues around writing for advocacy, anthropomorphism v anthropocentrism, and notions of belonging.

We’ll be staying in an historic homestead on the Australian National University Kioloa coastal campus. Kioloa dining and kitchen

The weekend will also include guided walks, led by archaeologist (and head chef!), Chris Carter. We’ll learn more about the natural and human histories of Kioloa and get a closer look at its beautiful beaches and forest.

Kioloa is 2 & 1/2 hours from Canberra and 3 & 1/2 hours from Sydney.

Watch a gorgeous video about Kioloa Coastal campus here.

Bookings via: info@ruins.com.au

Contact Inga regarding the workshop  content: Inga@olvarwood.com.au


Nature Writing Masterclass – 29 August

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The class will be led by Inga Simpson, through a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with plenty of opportunities for discussion. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the tradition of nature writing, the importance of story and emotion, a toolkit for describing the natural world, techniques for developing the thematic elements of your work – and probably a long reading list!

You’ll also receive personal feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand, and the class will be tailored to suit the interests and strengths of participants.

When: Saturday 29 August. 9.15 am – 12.30 pm.

Where: In ‘the studio’ at Olvar Wood, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland (address details supplied once booked in).

Cost: $125 (includes, tuition, feedback and morning tea).inga simpson_34

Class: 4-8 participants.

To book: email Inga@olvarwood.com.au

Bio: Dr Inga Simpson is the author of Mr Wigg and Nest, which was longlisted for the Stella Prize, Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. She has a PhD in Creative Writing (QUT), and is currently completing a second PhD in English literature (UQ), which examines Australia’s history of nature writing and its potential as an environmental strategy. Inga is also the winner of the 2012 Eric Rolls Nature Writing Prize.

Environmental Writing Workshop: Shallow Crossing, 5 May

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Led by Dr Inga Simpson, This workshop is ideal for those new to nature writing as well as professional writers working in environmental fields.

Whether you’re writing for your local government publication, volunteer newsletter, or just want to capture place more effectively in your fiction or non fiction – this one-day intensive in a wonderful setting will inspire.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.

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Shallow Crossing is about 2hrs from Canberra or 30 mins from Bateman’s Bay.

Date: Tuesday 5 May (9.30am-4pm).

Cost: $125, including lunch and morning tea (the food, by the way, is fabulous).

Bookings close 29 April. For all enquiries and bookings, please email admin@olvarwood.com.au