Scotland’s capital city - A European Gem. The Old Town and New Town sit at its centre divided by beautiful Princes Street Gardens and the National Art Galleries of Scotland. Explore the medieval streets, squares, closes and stairs of the Old Town, centred around the famous Royal Mile which links Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Tenement housing from the 16th and 17th century towers over shops, restaurants, cafes and bars making this a thriving vibrant place. Edinburgh’s elegant New Town is the world’s most complete example of Georgian architecture and along with the Old Town was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1995. We offer a full day tour so you will get to know Edinburgh away from the tourist bustle in this most unique city. Our tours centre around Old and New Town for the first part of the day then we head off for a delicious lunch in a local neighbourhood. We will then tour the local’s favourite places along the north side of the city by the Firth of Forth travelling to the old port of Leith.
Our private city tour lasts 8 hours and includes accommodation pick up and drop off.
In 1988 Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, hosted a garden festival on the banks of the post-industrial river Clyde, it was a huge success and, it was the beginning of a regeneration. Two years later, in 1990, the city was awarded the European City of Culture and the city hasn’t looked back since.
Glasgow is 1400 years old and most of this history is centred around the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. It is built around the tomb of its patron Saint, St Mungo. The Cathedral is one of the finest in Scotland and still has its rood screen intact.
No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a visit to the city’s beating heart – the River Clyde. Old industry has given way to museums and walkways but the old Finnieston crane still stands as monument to city’s industrial past.
Glasgow translates as ‘dear green place’ there are more parks here than any other city in the UK. The architecture of Charles Rennie MacIntosh is superb and no visit to Glasgow would be complete without seeing some of his work. The city centre is of Georgian and Victorian architecture centred around George Square, which houses the impressive city chambers building. Our lunch stop is in the fashionable West End, home to the University of Glasgow, Scotland’s 2nd oldest, dating to 1451. The West End is also home to the majestic Kelvingrove museum and art gallery. There is a fabulous food and café scene in Glasgow with many excellent local restaurants. The music scene in Glasgow is one of the best in the United Kingdom and every January the city hosts the much loved and respected Celtic music festival, Celtic Connections.
Dundee enjoys an enviable location on the banks of the Firth of Tay, and it is a city with an intriguing story. The city began life as a small port in the 11th and 12th Centuries and by mediaeval times became busy importing wine and grain from Europe, its main export being wool. The city centre is home to St Mary’s Church, which has a long history, and its main steeple is of 15th Century Gothic style. In the 16th Century the city encountered attacks by the English and in the 17th century, suffered outbreaks of plague. In the 18th Century several new buildings were erected including, City Hall 1731, St Andrews Church 1772 and the Infirmary in 1798. By 1861 the population grew to 90,000 due to Irish immigration as people were fleeing the potato famine. The city was also a centre of ship building and became the UK’s main whaling port. Many Dundee factories made products from Jute, a crop grown in India, such as rope and sacking. The Jute industry transformed the city and employed over half the population. Today Dundee is enjoying a fresh lease of life with the opening of the new Victoria & Albert museum of art and design and more spaces across the waterfront are opening to the public. Our tour looks at the history of Dundee from early times to its regeneration in the 21st Century.
A picturesque seaside town situated on the east coast of Scotland by the northern sea. St Andrews was once Scotland’s premier Cathedral town and was the centre of the Scottish church.
The magnificent 13th century cathedral dominated the burgh, whose street plan survives much as it was 500 years ago. The shrine of St Andrew, a martyred disciple of Christ, was one of the most important pilgrimage places in western Christendom. Possession of such relics placed St Andrews on a par with the great shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The ruined Cathedral and religious buildings in St Andrews are very impressive and inspiring to walk around.
The ‘voluntary’ society of teaching clergy or in other words, the University of St Andrews was founded in 1413, making it the oldest University in Scotland. It is a university town with some wonderful college buildings spread across the town centre. Golf goes back to the 15th century and St Andrews is widely known as the ‘home of golf’. Even if you’re not a ‘fanatic’ you can’t help being impressed at the situation of the 18th hole of the Old Course as it rolls into town with views of the west sands and sea beyond.
There is a bustling café and bar culture in St Andrews and small local shops are a feature of the town centre.
We always enjoy our tours around St Andrews, there is so much history in such a wonderful setting.
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