Although a small country, Scotland has a hugely interesting past that is reflected in its historic monuments, famous streets, chapels and all sorts of historic attractions scattered throughout the country. Many of these fantastic landmarks have been celebrated on the movie screen, such as Rosslyn Chapel in the Da Vinci Code, The West Sands Beach at St Andrews in Chariots of Fire & the Thirty Nine Steps in Edinburgh. Scotland offers a great diversity of historical sites and a Drumscot tour can bring them to life in full flavour.
Throughout the country magnetic groups of Neolithic Standing Stones, such as Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, bear testament to the prehistoric masons who inhabited Scotland long before the Egypitians built the Pyramids. Echoes of our prehistoric ancestors can be no better felt than at Orkney’s Skara Brae, a remarkable Neolithic village some 5,000 years old. Dating back to the 1st Century BC are the huge and evocative Brochs; mysterious stone towers that may have been used for defence.
Iona Abbey has welcomed pilgrims from around the world since St Columba brought Christianity here in the 6th Century. Such was its national importance that the Kings of ancient Scotland were buried here, including the ill-fated Duncan and Macbeth & many Drumscot customers enjoy the additional boat hop to the fascinating Isle of Staffa.
Fast forward to the Wars on Independence of the 12th Century, when Sir William Wallace made a name for himself; learn about his story at the National Wallace Monument, a great gothic spire visible for miles. Built on the hill of Abbey Craig, from where the Scottish hero led the nation to victory in the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and overlooking the site of the famous Battle of Bannockburn, when Robert the Bruce turned the tide against the mighty English Army, the Auld Enemy.
More than four Centuries on and the Scots were at it again, this time under the command of the romantic figure of Bonnie Prince Charlie. His hopes of acquiring the throne were dashed in a crushing defeat on the boggy moor of Culloden. The battlefield remains a desolate and haunting place, where you can still feel the magnitude of the Jacobite defeat which heralded the collapse of the clan system and the beginning of the brutal Highland Clearances. And no more fitting memorial could exist to a Highland way of life now long lost, than the poignant Glenfinnan Monument in its idyllic position overlooking Loch Shiel, where Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his Standard and rallied the clans to the Jacobite Rebellion.
All the while Edinburgh was the political hub of the nation, where the cobbled Royal Mile connects the nerve center of Edinburgh Castle, atop Castle Rock, with the Palace of Holyrood House at the base of Arthur’s Seat. Its labyrinth of medieval wynds and closes hold grim secrets of medieval life in the Old Town.
Which brings us up to the heady days of the Victorian Empire and that most masterful feat of engineering, the Forth Road Bridge, which was completed in 1890. Its striking double-cantilevered design makes it an iconic symbol to this day of the triumph of Scottish endeavour.
If you are interested in a private tour of Scotland taking in one or more of the uniquely Scottish places above, Drumscot would be delighted to prepare a sample itinerary for your consideration. In the first instance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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