Est. 1985

Presbyterian Tour of Scotland

  • Edinburgh Skyline © P Tomkins VisitScotland Scottish Viewpoint

    Edinburgh Skyline / outlander tour
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse ©VisitScotland/SCOTTISH VIEWPOINT

    Palace of Holyroodhouse ©VisitScotland
  • A detail of the inscription on the memorial cairn at Culloden Battlefield near Inverness -©VisitScotland

9 day tour for Groups
Price available on request

In the 16th century John Knox introduced the Scottish reformation and therewith Presbyterianism.  As a result, the Presbyterian Church replaced Catholicism as the official religion. This tour gives you the chance to gather with other like-minded travellers to discover Knox’s sources of inspiration in Scotland. Experience the thrill of walking in the footsteps of John Knox and learn about the forces which formed Presbyterian beliefs whilst enjoying the beauty of Scotland.


Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Welcome to Edinburgh

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and transfer to your hotel with a panoramic tour of Edinburgh en-route. Rest and relax before your welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

 

Day 2

Discover Edinburgh

In the morning you will visit Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 3

St Giles Cathedral and Holyroodhouse Palace

Today you will start with a tour of John Knox house and St Giles Cathedral (short prayer takes place from 12pm-12:15pm). After lunch, your guide will walk you down the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace where Knox had discussions about Christianity with Mary Queen of Scots. Time permitting you will visit Canongate Kirk on the way. The evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 4

Stirling and Aberfoyle

In the morning, you will travel to Stirling where James VI was educated by Scottish Reformer George Buchanan. Nearby is the church of the Holy Rude, once a royal cathedral where John Knox preached for James VI’s baptism in 1566. The afternoon will be spent in the lovely Scottish village of Aberfoyle. You will visit the Scottish Woollen Centre and see its dog and duck show where the shepherd will give you a history of Scottish sheep and work his dog ‘on hand’ with ducks. You can wander around and see rare breeds of sheep, goats plus miniature horses or do some shopping at the retail area (everything from cashmere, Harris Tweed, country and casual wear plus many gifts to take home).

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 5

St Andrews and Perth

Today you will head to St Andrews, a spiritual centre in Scotland for centuries and the home of golf. St Andrews Cathedral was once the largest church in Scotland but fell into ruin after John Knox’s sermon which was inspired by Wishart’s martyrdom. In the ruined castle, you will see the Bottle Dungeon where George Wishart was imprisoned before being burned at the stake. You will stop in Perth to see the church where John preached and unleashed the storm of the Reformation before arriving to Pitlochry area for your overnight stay.

Overnight in Pitlochry.

Day 6

Exploring Inverness

Today you will travel up north to Inverness via the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. There will be a panoramic tour of Inverness before your Loch Ness cruise (2hrs) and a visit to Urquhart Castle which has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in the Scottish nation’s story. The rest of your day is free.

Overnight in Inverness.

Day 7

Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle

Today you will explore the Highlands with its fascinating history and unspoilt scenery. Your tour starts with a visit to Culloden Battlefield where you will find out why so many Highlanders lost their lives in this final, bloody confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Then you will see Clava Cairns, an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built around 4,000 years ago. You will drive past the iconic Culloden railway viaduct before winding down a country road to Cawdor Castle of Macbeth fame. On the way back to Inverness, there will be a photo stop at the bridge at Carrbridge, the oldest stone bridge in the Highland and a true icon of Scotland.

Overnight in Inverness.

Day 8

Spey Valley and Edinburgh

Travel back to Edinburgh via Spey Valley, a land of lochs, mountains and picturesque villages. You will visit one of the famous whiskey distilleries in the area, pass the Balmoral Castle and have a late lunch in one of the villages before arriving in Edinburgh.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 9

Home Time

Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


Prices are available on request


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