The Picts in Perthshire & Angus

4 days

From £1,095

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Warriors, monks & artists

The Picts were long considered to be a mysterious lost people from a very dark age, to the extent that entirely erroneous origin myths were created for them in recent centuries. This tour will explore how, even though they left behind no surviving documents, the Picts helped lay the foundation of modern Scotland. We can now have rewarding explorations of Pictland, with new historical and archaeological breakthroughs, revolutionising our understanding of the Picts and their kingdoms, from the time of the Romans until the disappearance of their distinctive culture by 900AD within the unified Gaelic kingdom of Alba. This tour will focus on the rich southern heartland of Perthshire and Angus. The Picts occupied much of Scotland; native peoples described by Roman authors as the ‘painted (tattooed) ones’. The primary source of evidence they have left behind is found in their remarkable stone sculpture, some of the finest artistic creations of the early medieval period in Europe.

Tour highlights:

  • View the unique collections of Pictish artefacts in the National Museum of Scotland
  • Explore masterpieces of stone carvings such as the Dupplin Cross and the St. Andrews sacrophagus
  • Experience almost all the finest monumental Christian sculpture produced by the Picts
  • Marvel at the battle between Anglo Saxon and Pictish royal forces carved on the Aberlemno battle stone, the most detailed depiction of early medieval warfare in Europe

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Deposit: £250 Single supplement: £220

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Peter Yeoman

Guide Lecturer

Peter Yeoman has worked as an archaeologist throughout the UK for more than 40 years, directing and publishing major excavations, while also writing a number of books. He studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Leicester.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
14 September 2021 APPA210914 14 September 2021 (Tuesday) 17 September 2021 (Friday) Peter Yeoman £1,095
(ex. flights)
£250 £220 Book your trip
5 October 2021 APPA211005 5 October 2021 (Tuesday) 8 October 2021 (Friday) Peter Yeoman £1,120
(ex. flights)
£250 £220 Book your trip
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