Visit Scotland on this customized dental health program. Discover Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, with its rich past as a religious center and one of the most important industrial cities in Britain. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is also a delight with its Medieval Old Town contrasting with the Georgian splendor of the New Town. Oban is a lovely resort town that is ideally located close to the Isle of Mull and other locales. Interact with professional counterparts to discuss issues of specific concern to the population of Scotland, including the influence of diet and other factors in the oral health of the population, the effect of the local diet in dental disease, and efficacy of dental therapy programs. Meet with a representative from the NHS National Services Scotland to learn about their role in the provision of care, especially to the most vulnerable in the population. Explore dental education with a visit to a local university or dental school and establish meaningful interaction and collaboration with your professional counterparts in the dental health arena.

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Day 01: Depart for Scotland
Depart from a Newark area airport and make your way to Glasgow, Scotland. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! 

Day 02: Glasgow - Arrival & Welcome
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred to Glasgow city center. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow City. From the magnificent St. Mungo Cathedral, to the People's Palace and Glasgow Green, explore the city’s rich past as a religious center and one of the most important industrial cities in Britain. The Victorian architecture offers a striking contrast to the extensive parks of the West End.

Explore Glasgow Cathedral, also called St. Mungo’s, a superb example of Scottish Gothic architecture. The building is no longer a cathedral but still a place of worship used by a Church of Scotland congregation. The building itself is in the ownership of the Crown, maintained by Historic Scotland, and is one of the few Scottish medieval churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed.

Enjoy afternoon tea with snacks at the delightful Willow Tea Room before heading to the hotel to check in this afternoon (around 3:00 pm).

All travelers will gather later this afternoon with your national guide for a late afternoon orientation and welcome.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  The Principal Grand Central (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Glasgow - Professional Program

Professional members of the program will spend the morning meeting with Paul Cushley, Dental Director of NHS National Services Scotland. He will provide an overview of the dental system in Scotland, specifically focusing on their role and coverage under this system. Learn how good oral health is taught to the children in Scotland, including how they view the importance of good oral health, and explore the influence of diet and other factors in the oral health of the population. An NHS dental exam is free in Scotland for everyone. Following that exam, the dentist will advise patients on any treatments needed and likely cost. For those who don’t qualify for free care (18 and under children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, low income) you pay out of pocket pay 80% of the treatment costs (including any X-rays), up to a maximum of £384.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon.

This afternoon a meeting will be requested with a local dental clinic. Continue discussions around the most prevalent types of care needed in Scotland, including periodontitis in adult local population. This will provide an opportunity to see a local practice, the types of equipment they utilize, and etiology of dental development issues in newborns and children in the country. Learn about how home health care influences oral health especially with children.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will enjoy a tour of Glasgow with your guide. First stop is Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, one of the most visited attractions in the city, housde in a magnificent building with 22 themed state of the art galleries displaying 8000 objects. Onward you will head to Glasgow Green, the People’s Palace. It tells the story of Glasgow and its people from 1750 to the present day. The city’s social history can be explored through a wealth of historic artifacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays.

Dinner is by individual arrangement.  

Overnight:  The Principal Grand Central (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Travel to Oban
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and head for Oban.  In route you will enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is part of the Trossachs National Park and provides unique views of the surrounding mountains, close-ups of various islands, and a chance to spot local wildlife.

Next visit Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Most notably, Inveraray Castle featured in the television drama "Downton Abbey". The Castle is a unique piece of architecture and was the first of its size and type to be built on the West Coast of Scotland. Visitors to the castle will be able to explore the many historical rooms available to the public.

On arrival in Oban, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight: Muthu Alexandra(or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Isle of Mull and Iona -  Cultural Exploration 
The group will depart after breakfast for Craignure via ferry and cross to the Isle of Mull by coach. From there take another ferry from Fionnphort to Iona as a foot passenger.

Iona is a holy isle, an enduring symbol of Christianity in Scotland. St, Columba and his followers came here from Ireland in AD 563 and founded a monastery that became the heart of the early Scottish Church. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. Iona Abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1450 years ago. Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites.

Enjoy a packed lunch today before returning to the mainland and back to your hotel.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant. 
Overnight: Muthu Alexandra (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

​​Day 06: Travel to Edinburgh 
After breakfast, check out of your Oban hotel and depart for Edinburgh.

In route you will have a photo stop at Glencoe. Glencoe really does merit the description ‘spectacular’. The best approach is from the south on A82, one of the major routes through the Highlands. The road climbs over the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor and drops down between the steep scree-strewn sides of Glencoe. Awesome mountains, such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters, loom on either side with riverine scenery at the bottom of the glen. The name Glencoe means ‘Valley of Weeping,’ and has a melancholy air thanks to it being the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Continue through Fort William.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant this afternoon. 

Stop for a visit at Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Explore the castle and grounds with your guide. Many Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542. A palace and fortress, the impressive architecture and grand history are a delightful place to explore for the afternoon.  ​.

Continue to Edinburgh where you will check into your local hotel. Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town. It blends traditional glamour with Scotland of today. The hotel has a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, spa, business center, onsite dining and an indoor pool.

Dinner is by individual arrangement. 
Overnight: The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Edinburgh - Professional Exchange
This morning professional members of the group will meet with staff from a local university such as Open University in Edinburgh. The attached Edinburgh Dental Institute has programs for undergraduate, post-graduate and online learning students. Their modern clinical and teaching facilities, along with guidance of experienced specialist staff, enable the students to make the most of their studies. They place emphasis on individual teaching and learning and because of the relatively small number of student places, their teaching ratios, guidance and research supervision give them an advantage over larger institutes where learning can’t be tailored to the student. Learn about the education of dental professionals and allied health professionals within the school.

After lunch continue onward to meet with staff from a local dental clinic or hospital that provides dental care. This will provide a chance to learn about the experience of dental patients in the hospital setting or requiring emergency care due to trauma.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Highlights include the State Dining Room, the Sun Lounge, The Queen’s Bedroom, the Crew’s Quarters and the Engine Room. After lunch visit Holyroodhouse for a tour and afternoon tea. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace is The Queen's official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past. Mary, Queen of Scots lived here between 1561 and 1567. Visitors can explore the 14 historic State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight:  The Principal Charlotte Square(or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Edinburgh - Professional Program & Cultural Exploration
This morning the group will have a guided tour of Surgeons’ Hall Museum including time to independently explore the Dental Collection. The Dental Collection is one of the finest in the UK and demonstrates the development of dentistry from its earliest days to modern times. It includes many rare artefacts from world cultures and has especially important domestic instruments and items. The core of the collection was bequeathed to the College by John Menzies Campbell, a Glasgow dentist and significant dental historian. The collection includes dental instruments, artefacts, prints, paintings, engravings and models. With the redisplay of the Dental Collection, you can now learn about the history of dentistry through careful reinterpretation of their displayed objects. Visitors are also able to see a 19th century dentist's office, complete with 19th century instruments. ​

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will have the morning free to explore independently. Spend the afternoon with the others at Cyrenians.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will volunteer with staff from Cyrenians. For nearly 50 years, Cyrenians has served those on the edge, working with the homeless and vulnerable to transform their lives by beginning with their story, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead their own transformation. Spend time learning about their organization while you engage in hands-on activities giving back at one of the area projects like The Farm (a social enterprise located just outside the city). This working farm produces fruit, vegetables and eggs and is also home to a community of vulnerable young people, many with experience of homelessness. They help the community to grow people, providing a range of opportunities for individuals to develop skills and confidence as a step towards a settled lifestyle. You will get involved in some of the day-to-day tasks of the farm.

Dinner is on your own this evening. 
Overnight:  The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Edinburgh - Cultural Exploration
Head out on a walking tour of the Royal Mile. Start with a visit to Edinburgh’s Castle rock, a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries.

Lunch is by individual arrangement this afternoon. 

After a lunch break visit Rosslyn Chapel. Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel is a unique building with its and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. The chapel took some 40 years to complete, its ornate stonework and symbolism have inspired - and intrigued – artists and visitors ever since it has been completed. Today, there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively. Rosslyn has survived turbulent times and has recently been undergoing an extensive program of conservation to ensure its long-term future.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at the Prestonfield House (or similar). Featuring a nightly performance by acclaimed Three Scottish Tenors, Scotland’s most famous evening of traditional Scottish music, bagpipes, fiddles and dance with wine and dinner is not to be missed! Moments from the bustle of the Royal Mile, enjoy a memorable evening of emotive song and spirited dance. A delicious 4-course dinner of Angus beef and Orkney salmon with wine and taste of haggis accompanies this unmissable evening of traditional hospitality and entertainment.
Overnight: The Principal Charlotte Square (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast​, Dinner

Day 10: Depart for home

Return to the local airport for check-in for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Dental Health Journey to Scotland led by Dr. Paula Jones

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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

Scotland: Glasgow, Oban, Edinburgh| 10 days | October 27 - November 5, 2020 | $5,299

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Paula Shannon Jones

Dr. Paula Jones has been involved with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) since her graduation from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in 1984. She has served the AGD in many capacities including:

  • Council Chair for Membership for five years
  • Regional Director for Illinois
  • National AGD Board of Trustees representative for Illinois • Member of the AGD’s Foundation Board of Directors (two terms)
  • AGD's first woman President (2008-2009) • President, Academy of General Dentistry Foundation (2011-2013)

She has been a SmileLine Online volunteer since its inception and has been a spokesperson for the organization since 1994.

She was awarded the AGD Distinguished

Service Award for her work with

new dentists in 1995. Dr. Jones

is also a long-time member of

the ADA and Illinois State Dental