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Swan Travel Adventures is pleased to announce a special departure: Thistles to Shamrocks: The Journey of the Scots Irish, July 16-26, 2014.
Thistles To Shamrocks: The Journey Of The Scots Irish
Thistles To Shamrocks: The Journey Of The Scots Irish
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AUSTIN, Texas - Feb. 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Did you know that more than one-third of all U.S. Presidents had substantial ancestral origins in the northern province of Ireland (Ulster)? Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, just to name a few. President Bill Clinton spoke proudly of his own ancestral links with the province, during his two visits to Ulster. Like most US citizens, most US presidents are the result of a "melting pot" of ancestral origins.

This unique 10-day tour retraces the journey the Scottish Borderers took to Northern Ireland beginning in the early 17th Century. It would be these Scottish people, who about one hundred years later would emigrate in large numbers to the American Colonies and not only play a significant role in winning America’s independence from England, but also in their migration westward would settle this great land of ours. These were the Scots Irish Presbyterians.  The tour was inspired in part by James Webb’s book, Born Fighting.

Dr. Donald S. Frazier, historian, will be the scholar-leader for the tour, providing nightly lectures which will bring life to the story of how the character of these Scottish peoples would be forged through hardship and battles. It was this indomitable spirit that enabled them to carve a home in the forests and glens of America.

The tour will begin at Hadrian’s Wall on the border between Scotland and Ireland, spend four days in Scotland, visiting some of the significant places in Scottish history in the borders area and Edinburgh, then travel by ferry across to Larne, a seaport north of Belfast, for a six-day tour of Northern Ireland. From Larne, the group will travel up the wild Irish coast, through the Glens of Antrim, to the North Atlantic shore, then to Londonderry/Derry, famous for the Seige of Derry in 1689. A visit to the Ulster American Folk Park and its Center of Migration Studies will give participants a further insight into their ancestors. The tour ends in Belfast.

About Swan Travel Adventures:

With over 32 years of experience in planning and operating customized travel on every continent in the world, we are here to help fulfill your travel dreams. The company specializes in Scotland as well as a myriad of fascinating destinations throughout the world.

Shirley Anderson ( the president of Swan Travel Adventures ) has traveled to all 7 continents and considers travel her greatest passion. She spent 21 years as the Vice President of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, the largest birding company in the world.
She has operated numerous groups to Scotland with various themes including: clan heritage tours (Clan McNeal, Clan Gunn, Clan McLaren, etc.), special events (Glasgow Garden Festival, International Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Edinburgh Festival), and special interests (golf, archaeology, gardens). In addition, operated two tours to Scotland sponsored by KLBJ-AM radio station located in Austin, Texas. KLBJ-AM conducted a live broadcast from Scotland on both occasions into the Central Texas area, reaching approximately three million listeners.

In the summer and fall of 1987, Shirley lived and traveled in Scotland as co-producer of a series of travel videos (THE MAGIC AND MYSTERY OF SCOTLAND), which were partially funded by the Scottish Tourist Board and were distributed to all S.C.O.T.S. agents in the United States. She traveled over 8,000 miles while filming over 125 locations in Scotland. The Scottish Tourist Board subsequently commissioned another video project, which they entirely funded and which was co-produced by Shirley Anderson. VISIONS OF SCOTLAND was converted to 16mm film and was used by the Scottish Tourist Board in all parts of the world to promote tourism to Scotland.

For further information and to receive a detailed brochure and registration forms, contact Shirley Anderson at Swan Travel Adventures
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