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Visiting Scotland: Standing stones, neolithic history and whisky
Shetland Islands Discovered: The Definitive Guide for Travellers
Isle of Mull, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
Questions about Scotland for senior travellers.
Questions about the Outer Hebrides, Scotland for senior travellers.
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…
Scotland & Scotch Whisky
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…
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…
Industrial Revolution. Britain's contribution to the world
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 […]
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 […]
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…