Noble Bastions in the Rugged North: Edinburgh & Northumberland
September 6-13, 2014
We discover the past of the historic pact between the two countries as our tour focuses on the struggles that beset Scottish royalty and also crosses the border into Northumberland, which played a pivotal part in the relationship between the two nations.
Study Leader Information
We immerse ourselves in each area with private tours, special welcomes, and an evening lecture on our theme from an eminent historian. Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Anna Groundwater, author and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, will expand on our tour’s Borders theme by focusing on this aspect of Scottish and British history in anticipation of the Scottish independence referendum. Her talk will look at the part the borderers played in Anglo-Scottish relations, and what happened to the area before and after the Union of the Crowns, when it ceased to be an international border.
September 6 - Flights will need to depart the US on September 5
On arrival at Edinburgh airport, a private transfer will take you to Norton House Hotel. In the evening you are invited to join the group for a welcome drink, followed by dinner.
September 7 - 9
Explore Edinburgh and enjoy private home visits, Palaces and Castles including: Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Newhailes, a 300-year-old Neo- Palladian villa with some of the finest Rococo interiors in Scotland; The Georgian House, an atmospheric 18th-century townhouse; Scone Palace, crowning place of Scottish kings including Robert the Bruce, Macbeth and Charles II and family home of the Earls of Mansfield; Stirling Castle; Guest Lecturer – Author Dr. Anna Groundwater of the University of Edinburgh will expand on our tour’s Borders theme by focusing on this aspect of Scottish and British history, as we head towards the Scottish independence referendum. Her talk will look at the part the borderers played in Anglo-Scottish relations, and what happened to the area before and after the Union of the Crowns, when it ceased to be an international border.
September 10 - 12
Visit Floors Castle, lying on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders; Alnwick Castle; Doxford Hall Hotel, where we stay for 2 nights. Hadrian’s Wall; Cragside, the UK National Trust’s most popular place to visit; explore Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott; see Traquair House where the 21st Lady of Traquair will kindly show us around the house; From here we travel back to Norton House Hotel, where we enjoy a farewell dinner.
September 13 -
A private transfer will take you back to Edinburgh airport for your return flight home.
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