central Scotland archaeological tour
Day 1 (Glasgow – Ben Lomond)
- AM The Ardess Hidden History Trail. Guided
Ranger walk, set above the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.
Although this location appears wild and untouched, there are
many reminders of an active community of farmers who lived by
the banks of the Loch several hundred years ago. PM Complete
the day with a cruise on the Loch.
Day 2 (Glasgow – Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway)
- AM Mote of Mark. Ranger led guided walk
which takes you to this Dark Age fort, built on top of a rocky
knoll, overlooking the Rough Firth at Rockcliffe. Occupied from
the 5th-7th centuries, this formed part of a busy market place
for trade with the Continent. This is also a National Scenic
area with beautiful views and abundant wildlife.
- PM Lunch and visit to Threave Garden, where
the highest point used to form part of the largest horse fair
in Europe. Threave has an excellent restaurant and Visitor facilities.
Threave Castle, owned by Historic Scotland, is nearby.
Day 3 (Edinburgh – Falkirk - Lanark)
- AM Rough Castle Roman Fort & Black Hill.
Rough Castle is the best surviving of the 16 forts built along
the Antonine Wall, constructed for the Emperor Antoninus Pius
as the northwest frontier of his Roman Empire. The wall and
fort are very clear features, giving a good impression of what
the site might have looked like in Roman times. Travel south
to Black Hill (near Lanark), a rich archaeological complex with
spectacular views over the Clyde valley.
- PM Spend the afternoon at the excellent
New Lanark World Heritage Site, built in the early 1800s.
Day 4 (Edinburgh - Musselburgh)
- AM Newhailes House & Estate. Opened in 2002, Newhailes House, near Edinburgh has caused great interest
and excitement. A fine late 17th- century house set in a fascinating
18th- century landscape, it has given rise to many interesting
discoveries as archaeological work continues to reveal more
about this intriguing location. Enjoy a guided tour of the Estate
followed by coffee and scones before joining a guided tour of
the House .to complete your visit.
- PM Visit to Gladstone’s Land in the
famous Royal Mile with leisure time in the capital city.
Stout walking shoes recommended for all visits