History and Heritage
‘ Scottish history has been greatly influenced by the intertwined paths of invaders, religion, politics and inventions. See some of the places where these paths have left their mark ’
Perthshire, Angus and the Kingdom of Fife offer a wealth of historic buildings and sites that reflect a wide spectrum of Scotland’s past and heritage. Various civilisations have each left something to be remembered by, be it symbols, buildings, inventions or relics. A day spent delving back into the distant past, in the countryside around the Firth of Tay and the Kingdom of Fife.
Main tour landmarks
Please note the order of visits may vary depending on collection point.
Collection at Hotel.
- Scone Palace - The historic crowning place of Scottish Kings (Grounds entry and photo stop)
Visit to the Palace Grounds to view the Palace, the old Chapel and Moot Hill, the original location of the ‘Stone of Destiny’
- Meikleour (Photo stop)
See the world’s tallest beech hedge now over 100 feet high, planted after the Battle of Culloden in 1746
- Eassie Parish Church (Alternative location / visit instead of St Vigeans)
The churchyard contains numerous ancient headstones and a 2m high carved Pictish stone cross slab
- Glamis Castle (Castle tour and grounds entry)
The 17th century castle has been the ancestral seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. Today it is the comfortable home of the 19th Earl who opens many of the private rooms to the castle tour. It was also the childhood home of the late HRH the Queen Mother and the birthplace of the late HRH the Princess Margaret. The fairy tale castle, set in magnificent parklands, is quite simply stunning. (Morning coffee stop is normally taken in the grounds)
- Arbroath (Alternative location instead of Eassie and Falkland)(Guided tour/photo stop)
Guided tour of the ruined 13th century Abbey then view the small working harbour, old signal tower and maybe pick up a couple of ‘Arbroath Smokies’ (smoked haddock) on the way
- St Vigeans Pictish Sone Museum (Alternative location instead of Eassie and Falkland)
Visit the museum that has a collection of 34 Pictish carved stones recovered from the surrounding area.
- Dundee Law (Photo stop)
Once a volcano but now a spectacular 360 degree viewpoint over Dundee. A city noted for jute, jam and journalism, as well as the Tay Rail Bridge and the construction of Scott of the Antartic’s ship, the RRS Discovery which now sits in a dock next to the new V & A Museum (currently under construction)
- St Andrews (Town Walk and Photo stop)
A medieval coastal town with long sandy beaches that vanish into the distance belying its wealth of history and heritage. Enjoy a short wander around some of the older parts of the town (14th to 18th centuries) and view some of the university’s ancient buildings and quadrangles. (The university, Scotland’s oldest, was attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton). The town is also the home of golf and the R & A with the famous championship Old Course and Swilcan Bridge dating back to the 1700’s.
- St Andrews Cathedral (Tour and photo stop)
Visit to the ruined 12th century cathedral which was the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland for over 500 years. Climb the 157 steps of St Rule’s Tower for far reaching views of the town and coastline.
- St Andrews Castle (Photo stop)
Standing above the cliffs, once the fortified home of then Bishopric of St Andrews but now a ruin
- Royal Burgh of Falkland (Alternative location instead of Arbroath / St Vigeans) (Guided tour/photo stop)
Step back in time when you visit this extremely quaint village that has been a film set for many period dramas including Outlander. Take the guided tour around the preserved Royal Palace (originally a hunting lodge for the Stewart Kings) and then visit the Gardens which house the world’s oldest real tennis court
- The Abernethy Round Tower
An 11th century freestanding Celtic round tower, one of only 2 of this type in the whole of Scotland
Please note lunch stop location depends on morning tour visit selection. Normally taken at either Arbroath or St Andrews.
Return to Hotel
The normal tour timings are;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 120 miles (195km)
The price for this tour is £165 per person.
This price includes:
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco champagne picnic lunch
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Your Tour Transport
We use a Mercedes V Class AMG Line long wheelbase on all tours. Inside the cabin; leather seats, generous legroom, air conditioning and privacy glass ensure comfort and effortless travel.
Scottish weather is unpredictable but our al-fresco champagne picnic lunch is the perfect way to ‘take the bracing Scottish airs’.