3 days

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Archaeology of Scotland’s Capital

“No situation could be more commanding for the head city of a kingdom; none better chosen for noble prospects” stated Robert Louis Stevenson. And he was not wrong! The volcanic rock on which the city sits was shaped during the Ice Age creating a classic crag (Castle Rock) and tail (Royal Mile) feature, ideal for Bronze Age settlement. Brooding and dramatic hills form the backdrop to a city thick with ancient roots and blessed with a spectacular urban landscape, from the medieval heart of its Old Town to the Georgian elegance of its New Town, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our foray into the history of Scotland’s capital will be led by Peter Yeoman, archaeologist, long-term Edinburgh resident, retired Head of Cultural Heritage with Historic Scotland, and director of two-year excavation campaign in Edinburgh Castle.

Please note: this tour can be easily added to departures for Highlights of Shetland or Orkney & Shetland tours in July.

Tour highlights:

  • Discover the ancient roots and rich history of Scotland’s capital city in the company of a renowned archaeologist and long-time resident.
  • Enjoy an out of hours tour of The Palace of Holyrood famous for its links with Mary Queen of Scots.
  • Explore the internationally important archaeology collections in the Museum of Scotland.
  • Wander the wynds, courts and closes along the length of the Royal Mile.

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Today's Price

Deposit: $500 Single supplement: $1,020

Meet your Experts

Peter Yeoman

Andante Guide Lecturer

Peter Yeoman has worked as an archaeologist throughout the UK for more than 40 years, directing and publishing major excavations, while also writing a number of books. He studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Leicester.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
16 July 2024 AEDI240716 16 July 2024 (Tuesday) 18 July 2024 (Thursday) Peter Yeoman $2,100
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