Scottish Highlands and Islands

Callanish Standing Stones
Callanish Standing Stones
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Temple Wood Stone Circle, Kilmartin Glen
Temple Wood Stone Circle, Kilmartin Glen
Kilmartin Glen
Kilmartin Glen
Island of Iona
Island of Iona
Iona Abbey
Iona Abbey
Iona Abbey
Iona Abbey
Dun Troddan
Dun Troddan
Dun Carloway Broch
Dun Carloway Broch
Crannog Centre
Crannog Centre

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

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet in Edinburgh and transfer to our hotel. We enjoy an introductory lecture before dinner.

Hotel: Overnight in Edinburgh
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

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 8,000 BC. Expect to see fascinating treasures including an Iron Age carnyx, The Hilton of Cadboll stone and even a Roman sculpture of a lioness.

Hotel: Overnight in Edinburgh
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

This morning we journey to Rough Castle to explore the second smallest, but best-preserved Roman fort on the Antonine Wall. We find defensive lilia pits, the tallest part of a surviving rampart and gateways. After lunch, we continue to Bearsden to view the ruins of the Roman baths. 

Hotel: Overnight near Oban at Arduaine
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

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.

Hotel: Overnight near Oban at Arduaine
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

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 return to our hotel.

Hotel: Overnight near Oban at Arduaine
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 6

Today we leave the hotel early for a long drive up to Skye and our ferry to the Isle of Harris. With a couple of quick stops en route we will have lunch just before taking our ferry. In the early afternoon we will land on the Isle of Harris and have a visit to the spectacular Callandish Standing stones. After this we will head to Stornoway for the night.

Hotel: Overnight on Isle of Harris
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

To make the most of our time here this morning we will head to Dun Carloway Broch, a remarkably well preserved defensive structure of the Iron Age. After this flying visit we will return to Skye, where we will spend the afternoon exploring the Museum of Life.

Hotel: Overnight in Skye
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning we leave Skye behind and pay a visit to the Glenelg Brochs - Dun Telve and Dun Troddan. These two 2,000 year old fortified homesteads are located unusually close to each other. After lunch in Glenelg, we will travel to Loch Tay this afternoon and settle into our hotel.

Hotel: Overnight in Loch Tay
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

 

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach and ferry
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Wed 7th August - Thu 15th August

Available

Guaranteed Departure

£2,525

without flights

sgl supp: £500

GBS19A

Led By: Peter Yeoman

Guide Lecturer

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