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Small group tours to Scotland

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City of Edinburgh at dusk

5 days

Jun, Jul

Edinburgh City Tour

Visiting Scotland

A guided tour of the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a day tour collection with a tour leader and local guides. The old town of Edinburgh including the Royal mile and New town of Edinburgh are a UNSECO world heritage site and are included in our itineraries as well the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

From A$2,450 AUD

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tours of scotland

22 days

Jul, Sep

Scotland small group tour | Tracing 5,000 years of history

Visiting Scotland

This guided tour of Scotland with a tour leader and local guides includes the isle of Skye, Orkney islands, the Scottish highlands with breathtaking scenery. Edinburgh including the royal mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Fort William, Urquhart castle, Stirling castle, loch lomond, Hadrians wall and New Lanark also a UNESCO World heritage site.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers

9 days

Aug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Small Group Tour

Visiting Scotland

One of the few European tour companies to have in Scotland an escorted small group tour of Edinburgh during the fringe festival. As well attending performances, this trip includes time to experience, the old town, new town and the royal mile, a UNESCO world heritage site plus Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

From A$5,150 AUD

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Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

17 days

Aug

Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

Visiting Scotland

Small group tour on the Jacobites commences in Edinburgh. During the 19 days you visit 19 locations including the Culloden battlefield as you travel from Edinburgh as far north as Inverness to finish in Glasgow. Learn from 10 specialist guides about the Jacobites.

From A$13,250 AUD

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Liverpool, Newscastle, Glasgow

22 days

Sep, Jun, Aug

Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow

Visiting England, Scotland

Spend 22 days in 3 cities in England and Scotland. Your tour leader and Knowledgeable local guides examine the history of these great cities. Liverpool & Glasgow faced onto the Irish sea, and Newcastle onto the North sea, and all where connected to the city of London.

From A$12,250 AUD

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Prehistoric Britain small group history tour

21 days

Aug

Prehistoric Britain small group history tour including standing stones

Visiting England, Scotland

This guided tour invites you to explore UNESCO World heritage sites at Skara Brae in the Orkneys, Isle of Skye, and Stonehenge in a prehistoric tour. This escorted tour has trips to key sites in Scotland, and the Irish sea in Wales such as Gower Peninsula and National Museum in Cardiff and England. Each day tour is supported by local guides.

From A$14,750 AUD

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Queen Victoria's Great Britain, Leadenhall arcade

21 days

Jun, Sep

Queen Victoria's Great Britain: a small group tour

Visiting England, Scotland

A small group tour of England that explores the history of Victorian Britain. This escorted tour spends time knowledgeable local guides with travellers in key destinations in England and Scotland that shaped the British isles in this period including a collection of UNESCO world heritage locations.

From A$13,750 AUD

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Whitby Abbey walking britain

22 days

Jun, Sep

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Visiting England

A walking tour into England, Scotland and Wales provides small group journeys with breathtaking scenery to destinations such as Snowdonia national park , the UNESCO world heritage site Hadrians wall and the lake district. each day tour provides authentic experiences often off the beaten path from our local guides.

From A$13,750 AUD

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Modern pot stills in a distillery in Scotland

19 days

Aug, Jul

Whisky and Other Scottish Wonders

Visiting Scotland

A guided small group tour of Scotland is a day tour collection that includes Edinburgh, the royal mile, Edinburgh castle, and the old town a UNESCO World heritage site Experience and learn about, Kellie castle, St Andrews, Skye, Balmoral castle, Loch Lomond and Loch Ness as well touring the Scottish highlands to finish in Glasgow.

From A$14,450 AUD

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Lindisfarne

22 days

Aug, Apr

Seven Ages of Britain, snapshots of Britain through the ages.

Visiting England, Scotland

This guided small group tour starts in Scotland and finishes in England. On Orkney we have a day tour to the UNESCO World heritage site, Skara Brae, before travelling to city of York. Your tour leader continues to share the history from the Neolithic to the Victorian era. The tour concludes in the capital city, London.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

20 days

Sep, May, Jul

Scottish Islands and Shetland small group tours for seniors

Visiting Scotland

An escorted small group tour for couples and solo travellers of the Scottish isles including the isle of Skye draws on local guides to share their knowledge of the destinations in this unique part of Scotland. UNESCO world heritage site are visited as breathtaking scenery and authentic experiences are shared in a group of like minded people on this guided tour of remote Scotland.

From A$14,450 AUD

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Scotland

13 days

Jun, Aug

Scotland's Great Trails Walking Tour

Visiting Scotland

An escorted walking tour of Scotland. This trip is mainly in the Scottish Highlands. Your tour leader guides you to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Craignorms National park with experienced local guides. The tour for mature couples and solo travellers finishes in Edinburgh with time to visit Edinburgh Castle and the Royal mile a UNESCO World heritage site.

From A$9,250 AUD

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Small Group Tour of British Gardens

18 days

Jun

British Gardens Small Group Tour including Chatsworth RHS show

Visiting England, Scotland

This small group tour will explore gardens in Scotland and England with knowledgable local guides and a tour leader. We explore the gardens in and around Edinburgh, Chester, Stratford upon Avon - Shakespeare's birthplace, Oxford and London in a 22 day tour.

From A$13,995 AUD

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Articles

Jacobites, Scottish History small group mature travellers tour

11 places to consider visiting in Edinburgh off the beaten track

Edinburgh or Glasgow, which is better the Scots will ask the traveller. Take a small group tour for mature solo travellers and couples to think about the answer. Or visit Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool or the Scottish isles to give an answer.

28 Jul 21 · 3 mins read
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standing stones callanish

Visiting Scotland: Standing stones, neolithic history and whisky

Scotland draws travellers. Learn about Scotland its Islands, Skara Brae, Edinburgh, Glasgow and places in between such as Perth, Oban and Thurso and join a small group tour of Scotland for mature solo travellers and couples.

28 Jul 21 · 8 mins read
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Scone Palace

Perth, Scotland

Article about Perth for mature travellers includes references to Scotland and the Scottish isles. Small group tours for senior couples and solo travellers that include Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow to support your travel plans.

27 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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Thurso's beaches

Thurso, Scotland

On the Atlantic coast is Thurso where extreme weather shapes the livelihoods of the people. Explore this town and Orkney, the outer Hebrides including Mull on a small group tour of the isles of Scotland. For senior couples or solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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Scottish Islands - Isle of Skye

Country Spotlight: Scotland

Article sets the platform for small group tours learning about Scotland and the Scottish isles for senior couples and solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
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Scottish Islands -Portree, Isle of Skye
27 Jul 21 · 13 mins read
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Scottish Islands
27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Orkney Islands

The Scottish Isles

The islands of Scotland are historically rich from Skara Brae to Isle of Skye and the inner and outer Hebrides. Learn more on a small group tour for seniors for couples and solo travellers about the Scottish isles.

27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Orkney Islands, Scotland

Explore the Orkney and other isles of Scotland on a small group tour for senior couples or solo travellers interested in Scottish history. Learn about Skara Brae and prehistoric Britain as well as the importance of Peat and Whisky.

27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Callanish standing stones on the isle of lewis

Shetland Islands Discovered: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Article for senior and mature travellers, couples or solo travelers, interested in visiting the Shetland isles of Scotland. Explore on a small group tour to learn about the Bronze age, standing stones, peat and whisky and more when visiting the Scottish isles.

26 Jul 21 · 14 mins read
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Iona

Iona, Scotland

Article about Iona Scotland for mature and senior travellers. Explore and learn about the Vikings, Standing stones, peat and also Whisky.

26 Jul 21 · 4 mins read
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Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

Article building on Queen Victoria's Britain and the Industrial revolution as well as Scotland. Part of small group tours for mature and senior travelers couples or solo visiting Britain.

1 Jul 21 · 6 mins read
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Tobermory, the capital of Mull

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Article for mature and senior travellers whether couples of solo travellers who are interested in exploring the inner Hebrides and outer Hebrides islands of Scotland, the ancient history including standing stones and celtic history and single malt whiskies with a hint of peat.

4 Jan 21 · 4 mins read
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Formartine and Buchan Way, Scotland

Formartine and Buchan Way, Scotland

The Formartine and Buchan Way is a popular walking route, following a former railway line across the picturesque Scottish countryside.

11 Mar 20 · 2 mins read
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Part of Stirling Castle

Stirling, Scotland

Stirling looks somewhat like a miniature Edinburgh with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and crag-top castle but it is an appealing and charming city in its own right with plenty to explore apart from its impressive castle. Often described as the 'brooch which clasps the Highlands and Lowlands together', thanks to its central location, Stirling is a history lover's playground with magnificent scenery as its backdrop. Stirling is the place where the Scots, led by William Wallace (of Braveheart fame), defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 and where the Scots won again under Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn only 17 years later. The city is very accessible, being less than an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh by train.

6 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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Grantown-on-Spey in winter

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

An elegant Georgian town on the edge of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Grantown- on-Spey is a planned settlement, founded in 1765 by Sir Ludovic Grant to be a centre for the linen industry. The town is surrounded by verdant woodland and mountains, making it a popular holiday destination for hikers, climbers, skiers and snowboarders. Its location near the River Spey means it is also a favourite haunt of fishermen. From Edinburgh, it is a four-hour journey on public transport.

6 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

The seafood capital of Scotland and the gateway to the Hebridean Islands, Oban is a beautiful waterfront town on a near perfect horseshoe bay. Located within the Argyll and Bute council area, Oban is surrounded by dramatic shores and spectacular country wilderness, making it a great place for exploring the coast and the Highlands. It is a great place for a holiday and there is nothing quite as relaxing as enjoying the country's freshest seafood while watching the sun set over the dark blue waters of the Firth of Lorn.

5 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, located in Lochaber in the West Highlands, is often described as the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'. With many beautiful landmarks nearby, it is has become a base for those keen on hillwalking, hiking and mountain biking. Located on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, there is much to explore around Fort William and thanks to the high level of rainfall, the scenery surrounding the town is beautifully verdant and rugged. As well as the wilderness to explore, there are interesting historical monuments dotted around Fort William, including a great museum and a couple of impressive castles. After Inverness, it is the second largest settlement in the whole of the Scottish Highlands. From Edinburgh or Glasgow, the journey takes between three and five hours depending whether you have your own vehicle or are taking public transport.

5 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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River Ness Footbridge, Inverness, Scotland

Inverness, Scotland

Regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness lies along the River Ness and is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A vibrant cathedral city, Inverness is known for its proximity to the Loch Ness and many visitors make their way there each year to try and spot the infamous Loch Ness Monster (Nessie). It is a great base to explore the highlands and all the hidden gems dotted throughout the area. With wilderness on its doorstep, a charmingly beautiful city centre and that fresh highland air, Inverness is not to be missed.

4 Feb 20 · 5 mins read
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Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeen - Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland A port city in northeast Scotland, Aberdeen is the country’s third most populous city. Often called the Granite City, in reference to the silvery granite from the nearby Rubislaw Quarry used in many…

3 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Article about Scotland's Isle of Skye for senior couples and solo travellers seeking to explore on a small group tour of the Scottish isles learning about Scottish history, the Vikings and Atlantic trading routes.

3 Feb 20 · 4 mins read
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View of the Goat Fell Mountain, Brodick (Tràigh a' Chaisteil, “Castle Beach”, Breadhaig) the main town on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

Isle of Arran, Scotland

Isle of Arran, Scotland The Isle of Arran (Eilean Arainn) is Scotland’s seventh largest island, and the largest island in the ocean inlet Firth of Clyde, located at the mouth of the River Clyde that…

30 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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City of Edinburgh at dusk

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland since the 15th century but it has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It has been a Roman settlement, who constructed the Antonine Wall as the Empire’s northernmost defence, and also the home of the Celtic tribe Votadini.

1 Jan 20 · 2 mins read
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Skara Brae at Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall, Scotland

Skara Brae, Scotland

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae was discovered in the winter of 1850. Wild storms ripped the grass and earth from a high dune then known as "Skerrabra" beside the Bay of Skaill, and exposed the ruins of ancient stone buildings. The discovery proved to be the best-preserved Neolithic sites in northern Europe.

1 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Inverness castle, Scotland

Birth of Scotland

The Birth of Scotland In A History of the Scottish People (1560-1830), T.C. Smout describes Scotland as an isolated, wild place. “More than half the land was barren mountain,” he says, and, quoting G.W.S Barrow, adds:…

16 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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travellers exploring Glasgow

Travellers exploring Glasgow's Architectural Heritage

Travellers exploring Glasgow’s Architectural heritage. Travellers exploring Glasgow’s Architectural heritage can see so much within a 30 minute walking radius of the city centre. Glasgow’s historic buildings are an important part of the city’s…

11 Oct 19 · 11 mins read
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Exploring Britain's Neolithic past

Exploring Britain's Prehistoric Past: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Exploring Britain’s Prehistoric Past Scattered across the islands of Great Britain are countless stone circles and monoliths. As successive waves of different peoples settled and lived in Britain, many would erect stone monuments and carve…

8 Oct 19 · 13 mins read
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Stonehenge

Visiting Britain's World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage sites are well represented in Britain, beyond Stonehenge. This collection of Small group tours across England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland incorporates visits to these current and future sites in its programs for mature and senior travellers of up to 12 people, a mix of couples and solo travellers. Often on Walking tours and History in depth programs.

8 Oct 19 · 5 mins read
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Chambered Tomb

Lumps and Bumps: How to Read the British Landscape

The British landscape has been worked and re-worked. It is secrets of this palimpsest landscape is revealed through drainage patterns and prehistoric features all the way through to the modern day. These small group tours for mature and senior travellers examine the landscape from the Neolithic, to Roman, through the seven ages of Britain in walking tours and history tours of Britain.

8 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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Woman stacking peat blocks

Peat and Scotland

Peat and Scotland The iconic Eilean Donan castle in the western Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by marshland and peatland. Peat is a traditional fuel in Scotland that is formed from layers upon layers of partially…

4 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Scottish tours

Questions about Scotland for senior travellers.

Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland. Off the beaten track, for curious senior travellers about history, culture and landscapes. For mature couples and solo travellers. Explore the Orkney Islands, the Hebrides, Skara Brae whilst touring the Scottish isles.

26 Aug 19 · 2 mins read
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Dramatic sea cliffs St Kilda Outer Hebrides

Questions about the Outer Hebrides, Scotland for senior travellers.

Explore and learn about on a Seniors small group tour of the Orkney Islands and other Scottish islands. Learn about the pastoral, cultural and historic settlement of the islands including Skara brae.

28 Jun 19 · 2 mins read
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Nelson Mandela Pl. Glasgow

Glasgow; Nelson Mandela Place

Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, G2 1QY Right in the heart of the city of Glasgow in Scotland is Nelson Mandela Place, a busy public square enclosing the shops on Buchanan Street, the 19th century St…

12 Jun 19 · 6 mins read
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Lewis

Islands of the Outer Hebrides: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Islands of the Outer Hebrides An article that shares some the culture, people and history of the key islands on the Western side of Scotland. The Outer Hebrides The name Hebrides is derived from the…

18 Jan 19 · 11 mins read
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Senior couple power walking

Six Short Walks through Britain

Six Short Walks through Britain Britain is renowned for its walking trails, and many world travellers choose to roam its green, rolling lands. How better to get a sense of its dramatic landscapes? From granite…

21 Sep 18 · 3 mins read
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Scottish Islands -Portree, Isle of Skye

Scotland & Scotch Whisky

Article for senior and mature solo and couples taking a small group tour of Scotland or the isles of Scotland including Iona, Orkney, inner and outer Hebrides to learn about the ancient history including standing stones to the industrial revolution.

5 Sep 18 · 6 mins read
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Britain canals and railways

15 books on Britain's Industrial Revolution

Fifteen books on Britain’s Industrial revolution This reading list on Britain’s Industrial revolution complements Odyssey Travellers escorted small group tour that traces via the canal and railway network, the evolution of this monumental change in…

16 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain

10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain

10 Books to Read If You Are Planning to Visit Britain For Odyssey Travellers, Britain has and remains a key destination in the organisation’s collection of escorted small group educational tours offered each year. For…

16 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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Industrial revolution

Industrial Revolution. Britain's contribution to the world

Britain and the industrial revolution. A progressive period that spanned Queen Victoria's period. Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers explore this fascinating period of history across England and Scotland and key cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.

9 Oct 17 · 36 mins read
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Scotland cattle

10 great books to read on the Scottish Isles

Why read books about the Scottish Isles before travelling there? This is recommended list of books for mature & senior travellers planning to travel to the Scottish Isles either as part of an Odyssey Tour…

3 Oct 17 · 2 mins read
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Lacock Abbey, Britain's National Trust

Britain’s National Trust role for successful small group history tours

Britain’s National Trust: Historic houses, gardens and natural wonders Britain is home to many attractions, many of them rich in the region’s history. Sites and artefacts are preserved beautifully, and […]

31 Jul 17 · 10 mins read
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Great Britain

Great Britain - a profile and travel tips for seniors

Great Britain. Travel tips for seniors. With over 36.115 million visitors in 2015 alone, Great Britain is the world’s 8th biggest tourist destination, offering a range of experiences to entice travellers […]

13 Jun 17 · 7 mins read
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Stonehenge

Standing Stones in Prehistoric Britain

Standing Stones in Prehistoric Britain Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom The standing stones of Great Britain continue to be the subject of research and archaeological hypothesis. Britain is not the only location where standing stones are…

22 Aug 16 · 4 mins read
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