2017 is a special year in Scotland. Designated as the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology there will be much to see. There is certainly a lot to celebrate and all the people who look after our ancient buildings will help us enjoy this amazing heritage. Jackie is a steward at one of our castles and she tells us what she loves about her job here.
Our tours are never far away from some fantastic examples of our great castles, stately homes, and buildings such as Stanley Mills which are part of our social heritage. Just north of Perth, the visitor centre tells the story of the weaving and the people who worked in the mills. Built in 1787 we see the best example of an 18th century workplace, anywhere in the world. 200 years of cotton making with all its innovations and the impact on the local communities perfectly explained.
In 2017 we will visit more than 20 of our great castles.
Stirling Castle is one of the most visited and tells the story of the Stewart monarchs through the 15th and 16th century. The restored Royal Palace includes the stunning Stirling Oak Heads. Characters from history wander the Castle and answer any questions about their life and times.
Further up the east coast of Scotland enjoy the stunning cliff top setting of Dunnottar Castle.
Near the charming harbour town of Stonehaven this romantic ruin tells the story of the Scottish Crown jewels. Kept for safety during the battles with the troops of Oliver Cromwell, the Scottish Honours were eventually sneaked out of the castle and kept hidden for years in a local church. These precious gems are now under high security in Edinburgh Castle.
Our heritage is much more than castles and history. Scotland’s great engineers have left a heritage recognised all over the world. The innovative engineering of the Forth Railway Bridge has been recognised with a UNESCO award. Still used many times each day by travellers to Edinburgh it stands as testament to the forward thinking engineers of 1882.
Many of our tours will take the route over the Forth Bridge to allow stunning views of this engineering wonder. From 2017 we will be crossing the new globally unique Queensferry crossing bridge. This is the largest to feature cables which cross mid span. Opening in May 2017 it will be an exciting crossing for all our visitors.