Scottish History Tours: fascinating 5000 year old houses with cupboards, beds and hearths. Huge stone rings erected some 4500 years ago. Cairns built 2500 years ago. A 4000 plus year old tomb at Maeshowe in Orkney with 1200 years old Viking graffitti.
See where Mary Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow Palace and moved to Stirling Castle for safe keeping.
Visit Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Cawdor Castle, Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness, Eilan Donan. See Roman Walls and forts, ancestral homes like Blair Castle, Scone Palace, Floors Castle and historic sites like Culloden Battlefield.
Just feel the atmosphere of this ancient land where by the Declaration of Arbroath (6th April 1320), Scotland was the first nation to suggest that a King could only reign with the consent of the people.
“Yet if King Robert the Bruce should……agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England……..we should …. drive him out as our enemy and subverter of his own rights and ours, …… It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
The following is just a small selection of possible destinations
Fought over by William Wallace (Braveheart) in 1297 and by the Robert the Bruce battle in 1314. Visit the Great Hall and sit in the King’s and Queen’s seats under the regal Coat of Arms. See the nearby Wallace Monument overlooking the River Forth.
Pictish carved Stone
At Fowlis Wester, and Highland Sheiling or summer grazing place at Loch Tummel in Perthshire.
St Andrews Castle
Perched beside the sea, this castle has a mine and counter mine. Kids love clambering down the countermine. Nearby is the remains of St Andrews cathedral – you can drive through the cloisters!!
Falkirk Roman Wall and Edinburgh Roman Fort
A turf wall and ditch made by the Romans to help keep the natives at bay. A Naval base at Cramond near Edinburgh established by the Romans in AD142.
Site of the internationally famous Military Tattoo held in August. Fascinating to visit to see the Great Hall, Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Scone. See and Hear the One o’clock gun!
The Vikings visited all parts of the seaboard of Scotland and left their names and places mainly in Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland
A favourite place to watch for the Loch Ness Monster!! Perched on the shore with Great views over Loch Ness.
Sailing to Orkney see the Old Man of Hoy – a chilling freestanding rock stack. See Skara Brae 5000 year old houses the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe
The ancestral home of the Duke of Roxburgh, beautifully furnished and still the Duke’s home.
Scotland’s most romantic castle perched on rocks at the opening of Loch Shiel.
The ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl set in beautiful Perthshire countryside.
The first Cistercian abbey in Scotland, founded in 1136 by King David I. The heart of Robert the Bruce is buried here
Mary Queen of Scots
Birthplace at Linlithgow Palace and her favouritre Hunting Lodge at Falkland Palace.
A mediaeval hospital from the 12th to the 17th century, midway between Edinburgh and the magnificent Border abbeys. Recent research on the blood in the ground. has identified diseases prevalent at that time.
This amazing chapel with its intricate stone carvings was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney and is famous for its associations with the Knights Templar and the Da Vinci Code.
The ancestral home of the Earl of Mansfield and hereditary coronation place of the Scottish Kings.
More places of interest
Cawdor Castle where the current Thane of Cawdor lives, Linlithgow Palace where Mary Queen of Scots was born, the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, lovely Iona where St Columba set up his monastery in 563, a Crannog (artificial island for defence at Loch Tay, Fort George an artillery fort on the Moray Firth, Pictish Stones at Foulis Wester, Perthshire, Corstorphine beehive shaped Doocot (pigeon loft) etc, etc.
There is such a lot to see and we can arrange tours to suit however long you wish to be in Scotland. After 40 years I am still finding new old things!
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