A Thousand Years of Scotland

In Tours by Richard Norton Smith

May 25, 2022 - June 2, 2022

A Thousand Years of Scotland

History, Heather & the Highlands

Starting at $5,785

About A Thousand Years of Scotland Tour

Join us this September May 2022 for a memorable trip to some of the most beautiful – and historic – country this side of Brigadoon. Starting with two nights in the majestic English Lake District, with its brooding landscapes and literary shrines to poet William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, best known for The Tales of Peter Rabbit. En route to Edinburgh, our home for six nights, we’ll pause in the village of Lockerbie to pay our respects to the victims of Pan Am Flight 103, lost to a terrorist bomb in December 1988.

Our Edinburgh home is the Kimpton Charlotte Square, taking its name from the adjacent World Heritage Site and ideally located next to picturesque Old Town. Our itinerary includes a day in the Scottish Highlands, a walking tour of the Old Course at St. Andrews, birthplace of golf, and Glamis Castle, girlhood home of the late Queen Mother. Edinburgh Castle beckons, along with Holyrood House, St. Giles Cathedral and the multi-media extravaganza called Dynamic Earth. We’ve set aside half a day to explore the Royal Yacht Britannia. And another half to tour Scotland’s capital on your own. Visit an art museum or shop the Royal Mile. If you have been to Scotland before, we’ll take you places you haven’t been. And introduce you to a history you cannot beat.


Tour Itinerary

Liverpool • Metropolitan Cathedral • Windemere, Lake District • Low Wood Bay

We’ll meet as a group this morning in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Our first stop today is Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, an awe-inspiring icon of faith and architecture, where we’ll descend into the Lutyens Crypt, vast floorplan for a cathedral that was never built. Heading north, we reach the scenic Lake District, and the first of two nights at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa on the shores of Windemere, the largest lake in England and a favorite of poets, painters and nature lovers for centuries.

Additional Tour Photos

  • The mountainous region encompassing the northwest known as the "Scottish Highlands".
  • Spectacular Edinburgh Castle atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh.
  • Hadrian's Wall, a former defensive fortification of the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian.
  • Our Edinburgh lodgings are at the famed Kimpton Charlotte Square, situated in the centre of Edinburgh on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Charlotte Square, adjacent to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.
  • Windermere is a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, in northwest England, and our home for the first three days.
  • We begin our adventure at the most spectacular inn on the shores of England's longest lake, Lake Windermere, the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa.

Tour Includes

  • Admission fees to all historic sites, attractions and museums listed on the itinerary
  • All taxes and gratuities for all group functions, including meals, guides, bellmen, and motor coach driver
  • Complete baggage handling for one bag per person
  • Eight (8) nights outstanding accommodations at: The Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa on Lake Windemere (September 1 & 2); Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, Scotland (September 3-9)
  • Tour includes eight (8) breakfasts, eight (8) lunches, and seven (7) dinners

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About the Author

Richard Norton Smith

Richard is an American historian and author specializing in U.S. presidents and other political figures. In the past, he worked as a freelance writer for The Washington Post, and worked with U.S. Senators Edward Brooke and Bob Dole.

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