The Picts in Perthshire & Angus

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Summary

Warriors, monks & artists

The Picts were long considered to be a mysterious lost people from a very dark age, to the extent that entirely erroneous origin myths were created for them in recent centuries. This tour will explore how, even though they left behind no surviving documents, the Picts helped lay the foundation of modern Scotland. We can now have rewarding explorations of Pictland, with new historical and archaeological breakthroughs, revolutionising our understanding of the Picts and their kingdoms, from the time of the Romans until the disappearance of their distinctive culture by 900AD within the unified Gaelic kingdom of Alba. This tour will focus on the rich southern heartland of Perthshire and Angus. The Picts occupied much of Scotland; native peoples described by Roman authors as the ‘painted (tattooed) ones’. The primary source of evidence they have left behind is found in their remarkable stone sculpture, some of the finest artistic creations of the early medieval period in Europe.

Tour highlights:

  • View the unique collections of Pictish artefacts in the National Museum of Scotland
  • Explore masterpieces of stone carvings such as the Dupplin Cross and the St. Andrews sacrophagus
  • Experience almost all the finest monumental Christian sculpture produced by the Picts
  • Marvel at the battle between Anglo Saxon and Pictish royal forces carved on the Aberlemno battle stone, the most detailed depiction of early medieval warfare in Europe
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Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
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