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Scotland & its Islands

Scattered across Scotland, between blue-hazed mountains, brilliant green valleys and rugged rocky shores, we find some of the oldest and most mysterious examples of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. Our journey of discovery will be enhanced by visits to gardens of spectacular beauty, dramatic landscapes and brilliant blue seas.

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June 18 – July 5, 2017 (18 Days)
$7,475 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $950

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey through the bonny Scottish landscape on a tour encompassing centuries of culture, from the Picts to the Vikings
  • Learn the vital elements of Scotland’s past: William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the battle that ‘saved the honor of Scotland’…

  • Discover stone circles, awe-inspiring tombs, remote Pictish stelae, and towering brochs amid wild scenery
  • Explore the scenic Orkney and Shetland island groups on bracing, beautiful ferry crossings

Meals: All breakfasts, 10 lunches & 8 dinners

ITINERARY

June 18 & 19:
We arrive in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, our base for our first two days. This evening we meet with Professor Noble for an opening lecture and dinner.
Hotel: Stornoway.

June 20: LEWIS & HARRIS
We explore heather-covered moors and brightly painted villages and visit the Stones of Callanish. The site dates from the Late Stone Age and Early Bronze Age and has a central cairn.
Hotel: Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway.

June 21: ISLE OF SKYE
Our second day exploring Lewis and Harris brings us to Tarbert, where we take a ferry to one of the most scenic Islands in the Hebrides, the Isle of Skye.
Hotel: Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Skye.

June 22 :  OBAN
We begin by visiting the brochs of Dun Telve and Troddan, two of the best-preserved and informative brochs in Scotland. We continue to Oban, where we visit Ben Nevis Distillery and learn how single malt whisky is produced.
Hotel: Oban Bay Hotel, Oban.

June 23: ISLE OF IONA

We travel across the beautiful Island of Mull to the historically important Island of Iona, where we visit the Early Christian remains and the medieval nunnery.
Hotel: Oban Bay Hotel, Oban.

June 24: ANTONINE WALL
We travel to Cairnpapple Hill, where many phases of occupation can be seen — from evidence of the Late Neolithic to a Bronze Age burial cairn and four graves probably of the Early Iron Age. We also visit two forts along the Roman Antonine Wall: the well-preserved Rough Castle and Kinneil fortlet.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh.

June 25: EDINBURGH
Our tour begins touring Edinburgh, followed by a visit to Edinburgh Castle and a walk down the Royal Mile We continue to the National Museum of Scotland, where we see a range of fine collections.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh.

June 26: PICTISH STONES
We enter the Pictish kingdom’s center, haunted by hill forts and mysterious stone circles. Our first stop is Dunning Church, one of Scotland’s earliest surviving churches. In Aberlemno and Meigle we see remarkable Pictish stones. Our last stop will be to the wonderful Dunnottar Castle.
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Aberdeen.

June 27: BUCHAN
We travel through the land of Buchan, stopping to inspect the Maiden Stone, one of the finest Pictish symbol monuments. At Rhynie we see the Craw Stane still standing in its original position. We also visit Burghead, a spectacular Pictish fort and well with bull carvings. Our final visit is to Clava Cairns.
Hotel: Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness.

June 28: SCRABSTER
We continue along the coast to Scrabster, visiting some of the many prehistoric sites en route, including the Tarbat Discovery Centre, a spectacular series of Pictish cross slabs at Hilton. We take a ferry to the Orkney Islands and its quiet little capital, Kirkwall, one of the earliest Norse trading centers.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall.

June 29: SKARA BRAE
We explore the Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. We cross to Brough of Birsay to see the remains of Pictish and Norse settlements.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall.

June 30: ISLE OF ROUSAY
We visit the Iron Age settlement of Broch of Gurness, strikingly positioned beside Eynhallow Sound with views across to the island of Rousay. We take a ferry to Rousay Island to see Midhowe, a fabulous broch and cairn. We also enjoy the Westness coastal walk.
Hotel: Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall.

July 1: KIRKWALL
Our last day on this island we stop at the Italian Chapel. We also visit Maes Howe, the most outstanding Stone Age burial cairn in Britain, and the Kirkwall Museum. We enjoy an afternoon at leisure before we board our overnight ferry which takes us to the Shetland Islands.

July 2: OLD SCATNESS
Touring begins at Old Scatness, an Early Iron Age broch and village. We move on to Jarlshof, which has remains from the Stone Age to the Viking era. A short boat trip takes us to the uninhabited island of Mousa, where we see the most complete of Scotland’s brochs.
Hotel: Queens Hotel, Lerwick.

July 3: CLICKIMIN BROCH
We explore Clickimin Broch and the prehistoric sites of Staneydale. Our last visit will be to the Shetland Museum.
Hotel: Queens Hotel, Lerwick.

July 4 & 5:
We fly to Glasgow where we have some time at leisure to explore the city before our farewell dinner. On Wednesday we travel to the airport for our flights home. Hotel: Malmaison Hotel, Glasgow.


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LED BY

Dr Gordon Noble is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Honorary Curatorial Fellow to the University Museums at the University of Aberdeen. He is author of numerous books including ‘Neolithic Scotland’.

Additional Information

Scholar

Dr Gordon Noble is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Honorary Curatorial Fellow to the University Museums at the University of Aberdeen. He is author of numerous books including ‘Neolithic Scotland’.

Calendar Year

2017

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Gordon Noble has launched a new webpage for his Northern Picts project at the university:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/departments/archaeology/the-northern-picts-project-259.php

They have a facebook page for the project:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthernPicts/

You can also download his papers: https://aberdeen.academia.edu/GordonNoble