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, visiting some of Scotland's iconic treasures.
This tour will be tailored to suit your hotel location and your personal interests / preferences. Refreshment and lunch stops are planned for places of interest or good viewpoints.
Meet up and collection at your Hotel.
- Scone Palace - The historic crowning place of Scottish Kings (Grounds 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’
- Perth (Photo stop)
Medieval Royal Burgh which has been an important crossing point of the River Tay since the 9th century. Landmark attractions now are St John;s Kirk (1440) and the Black Watch Museum but the city has a rich history in crafts and industries like cloth, leather, dying, glass and whisky.
- Fowlis Wester (Visit and photo stop)
In the little known church of St Beans are two diverse treasures. One is a set of Pictish standing stones from 8th century and the other a piece of Clan McBean tartan that was taken to the moon in 20th century
- Innerpeffray (Visit and photo stop)
Hidden away in deepest Perthshire is Innerpeffray Library the oldest lending library in Scotland with volumes and collections of first editions that date back to 1476. A real gem of Scottish history.
- 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 Swilken 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 300 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
- Lindores Abbey (Photo stop)
Ruined Abbey where Aqua Vitae (whisky) was first distilled in 1494. The Abbey farm buildings have now been converted into a superb modern day whisky distillery incorporating much of the site’s past history.
- The Abernethy Round Tower (Photo stop)
An 11th century freestanding Celtic round tower, one of only 2 of this type in the whole of Scotland
Options for this tour (which can be chosen in lieu of some of the above) are;
- Royal Burgh of Falkland (Visit and 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
- East Neuk Fishing Villages (Visit and photo stops)
A group of 5 villages of traditional buildings on the Firth of Forth that are all steeped in the history of Scottish fishing, overseas trading and boat building. Re-invented as picturesque villages with leisure boats and local art galleries. Great location for traditional fish and chips!
Return to your Hotel
The price for this tour is £185 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)