Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Visit Scotland names 2017 the year of history, heritage and archaeology

Building on the energy created from the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, this year Visit Scotland’s campaign – Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology – seeks to celebrate Scotland’s rich and diverse heritage. From ancient monuments to Neolithic villages and world-famous battlefields to majestic castles, here at Little’s we have come up with our top five places to visit when exploring Scotland’s finest assets, icons and hidden gems.

Kilmartin Glen
Located in-between Oban and Lochgilphead, the standing stones of Kilmartin Glen are renowned for having one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. With over 350 ancient monuments embellishing the six-mile radius such as standing stones, Henge monuments, cists, and a linear cemetery, this snapshot of historic Scotland is very telling

Eilean Donan Castle:
Guaranteed to take you on a journey through time and history, Eilean Donan is recognised as one of the most iconic symbols of Scotland. Situated on a small tidal island at the intersection of three lochs, this castle regularly features in photographs, films and television. Visitors can discover the billeting room, view cannonballs fired during the bombardment of 1719 and explore the banqueting hall where generations of the Macrae Clan dined. This castle is so iconic it was even featured in a James Bond film!

Brig o’ Doon,
Known by locals as “The Auld Brig”, this iconic 15th century bridge is located in Alloway – the birthplace of Robert “Rabbie” Burns. It is also inspiration behind one of Burns’ most famous poems: “Tam o’ Shanter” where Tam crossed the famous bridge on horseback – fleeing from the witches and warlocks who sought to capture him. The ghastly crew’s pursuit of Tam leaves the bridge encumbered with a spookiness which can only really be experienced upon visiting the bridge itself.

Stirling Bridge
Recognised as one of the most haunting battlefields in Scotland, this bridge marks where Scottish landowner William Wallace was victorious against Edward I of England. The guile and cunning of Wallace and accomplice Andrew de Moray, coupled with the Scottish army’s faith and determination, resulted in a victory which certainly defied the odds. Here, the history and intensity of battle is almost tangible as one devours detailed stories of the “bloody” event.

St Giles cathedral
Founded in 1124 St Giles cathedral, sometimes known as the cradle of “Presbyterianism,” is famous throughout Scotland for its magnificent architecture, stained-glass windows and famed crown spire. Situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this church is just a short journey away from Princes Street. As the historic city church of Edinburgh, this church not only has pride-of-place in Edinburgh’s skyline, but attracts visitors from around the world.

For more recommendations or for a tour tailored to your own specific interests or to see some of Scotland’s history, heritage and archaeology, contact bespoke@littles.co.uk where you can speak with our tour designers about our private sightseeing tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh and other areas of interest as well as the highlands and islands. Alternatively, you can reach Little’s 24/7 via our Head Office number on +44 (0) 141 883 2111.