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

Meet Your Host


Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the American presidency and a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Following graduation from Harvard in 1975, he worked as a White House intern and a speech writer for Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke. In 1979 he went to work for Senator Bob Dole, with whom he collaborated on several volumes of autobiography and political humor.

Smith’s first major book, Thomas E. Dewey and His Times, was a finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize. He has also written An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover (1984), The Harvard Century: The Making of a University to a Nation (1986), Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation (1993), The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick, which received the prestigious Goldsmith Prize awarded by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School, and has been described by Hilton Kramer as “the best book ever written about the press.” In October 2014 Random House published On His Own Terms, a monumental life of Nelson Rockefeller described by Douglas Brinkley as “one of the greatest cradle to grave biographies written in the past 50 years,” and tagged in advance by Amazon as one of the fall’s Twenty Big Books in Biography and Memoir.

Between 1987 and 2001, Mr. Smith served as Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Center in Abilene, Kansas; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Reagan Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley, California; the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Library in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, Michigan respectively.

In December, 2001 Mr. Smith became director of the new Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. There he supervised construction of the Institute’s $11.3 million permanent home and launched a Presidential Lecture Series and other high profile programs. In October, 2003 he was appointed the first Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a four building complex in Springfield, Illinois. The Library opened to the public in 2004 and the Museum opened the next year.

Much in demand as a speaker, in 2009 Smith was invited by Congress to be one of two historians addressing it on the two hundred anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Earlier, millions of television viewers heard him deliver the final eulogy at Gerald Ford’s Michigan funeral, a role he repeated at Betty Ford’s request when she was laid to rest beside her husband in 2011. Smith is currently at work on a biography of President Ford. Twice a year he personally leads historical tours (www.presidentsandpatriots.com) emphasizing American presidents and history rarely found in the text books.

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