Scottish Highlands and Islands
Follow Scotland’s story from the prehistoric era to the arrival of the Romans, and their early ambition to take all of Britain. This tour is an adventurous journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands and Islands.
The challenging environment was the stimulus for all manner of ingenious responses by the early population: ‘crannogs’, dwellings built on small islands or on stilts in the lochs; ‘brochs’ and fortified towers with walls so thick that people could walk around inside them. An adventurous journey through the glorious and dramatic landscapes of the Highlands and Islands.
- A guided tour of the National Museum of Scotland
- Visit the extraordinary Callanish Standing Stones
- Exceptional prehistory awaits at Kilmartin Museum
- View one of the oldest religious centres, Iona Abbey
- Explore the well-preserved Carloway Broch
- Historic Churches
We meet in Edinburgh and transfer to our hotel. We enjoy an introductory lecture before dinner.
We start our tour with a guided walk through the streets of Edinburgh. After lunch, we pay a visit to the National Museum of Scotland housing the most important archaeological finds of the country. We spend the afternoon exploring the many exhibitions and learn about how the early people of Scotland lived around 8000 BC. Expect to see fascinating treasures including an Iron Age carnyx, The Hilton of Cadboll stone and even a Roman sculpture of a lioness.
Today we journey to Rough Castle in the morning, to explore the second smallest, but best-preserved Roman fort on the Antonine Wall. We nd defensive lilia pits, the tallest part of a surviving rampart and gateways. After lunch, we continue with a visit to Bearsden, north of Glasgow, to view the ruins of the Roman bath here.
A whole day spent at the Kilmartin Glen. We set the archaeological background with a visit to the local museum and after lunch, we continue to the archaeological site where we will see standing stones, stone circles, chambered cairns and areas of rock carvings.
We journey out to Iona by ferry today. Here, we will visit Iona Abbey. The monastery was founded in 563 AD and was raided by Vikings several times. From here, we will continue to our next hotel in Oban.
Today, we will explore the Glenelg Brochs Dun Telve and Dun Troddan. These two 2,000 year old forti ed homesteads are located unusually close to each other. We continue to our next hotel on Skye.
This morning, we take a ferry to Tarbert and travel north into Lewis to visit the Callanish Standing Stones, a unique group of megaliths with a chambered tomb near its centre. On to Dun Carloway Broch, a remarkably well preserved defensive structure of the Iron Age.
We travel back to Skye by ferry this morning. Upon arrival, we will pay a visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life which provides a unique insight into the way of life on Skye a 100 years ago. Next we journey to Loch Tay, our next hotel location.
In the morning of our last day, we visit the Scottish Crannog Centre where we will see a unique reconstruction of an ancient loch dwelling. On our way to Edinburgh, we will stop at the Roman fortifications of Gask Ridge. We will arrive back in Edinburgh in the late afternoon, where our tour ends.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach and ferry
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
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