On this tour, you will be taking behind the headlines of Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’, explaining the background to one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. Visit some of Scotland’s most beautiful buildings and piece together the country’s turbulent history.
Check-in: 08:45 Departs: 09:00 Returns: 17:30
This tour brings Scotland’s medieval history to life, but we start with a more modern marvel, the Forth Railway Bridge. This bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was also voted Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder in 2016, which took almost 4000 men 3.5 years to complete.
Your first stop is the town of Dunfermline, the former capital of Scotland. Explore the beautiful Dunfermline Abbey and Palace*, and visit the Abbey Church. Dunfermline Abbey is home to a wealth of history; for example, it was the birthplace of Charles I. Be sure to not miss the monks’ refectory, a symbol of Robert the Bruce’s confidence in his kingdom.
Next, we travel into Stirlingshire and we stop just outside the beautiful Stirling Castle. This castle is one of the largest and most historically important castles in Scotland. From here you can catch a view of the monument of Scottish hero William Wallace. Enjoy tales from your experienced guides who will bring this famous Scot’s story to life. This monument is situated among the beautiful Ochil Hills, which serve as the perfect backdrop for this incredible tale. If you prefer something a little different, why not visit the new gin distillery or take a stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that make up the medieval old town.
From Stirling, we head to Bannockburn, the battlefield where Robert the Bruce routed the English in 1314. Time permitting, we will stop to view the statue of Robert the Bruce on his horse.
On our way to Rosslyn Chapel, we’ll pass the Roslin Institute where Dolly the sheep was cloned. While we will not be stopping here, be sure to visit the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to find out more. Our next stop is the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, owned by the same family since its construction. Don’t miss the stunning stained-glass windows, its beautiful carvings and the explore the crypt below the chapel.