Scottish 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’
- Dunkeld Cathedral
A partially ruined 12th century cathedral that was once the most important centre for religion in Scotland. The building took 200 years to build and was sacked in less than a year in the Reformation. Set in fantastic grounds on the banks of the River Tay.
- Meikleour (Photo stop)
See the world’s tallest beech hedge now over 100 feet high, planted after the Battle of Culloden in 1746
- Meigle Pictish Stone Museum (Restricted opening dates)
A small museum with a significant collection of 34 Pictish stones dating back to the period between 6th to 9th centuries when the Picts occupied the lands north of the Firth of Forth.
- 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, lunch stop over-looking the sands and golf courses)
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 (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
Return to Hotel
The price for this tour is £175 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 9.00am
Approx tour mileage is 120 miles (195km)