Farthest Frontier: Roman Scotland & the Antonine Wall
22 Jul — 28 Jul 2020 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson
• Trace the northernmost reaches of the Roman Empire along the UNESCO-listed Antonine Wall
• Discover the best preserved remnants of the wall at Watling Lodge and Rough Castle
• Explore the fascinating collections in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Melrose, which shine a light on Roman life at the fringes of the empire
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Tour assembles at Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh, for six nights. Short orientation tour at 1730 followed by evening lecture: Romans in Scotland.
Morning: Cramond Roman fort (where the famous Cramond Lion tomb was found, guarding the river route to the wall) followed by excavated fortlet at Kinneil. Afternoon: Roman exhibits at National Museum of Scotland (including Cramond Lioness and Bridgeness distance slab).
Callendar House (museum), Watling Lodge, Falkirk Wheel, Rough Castle (well-preserved fort and defensive pits) and Seabegs Wood (ditch, rampart mound and military way).
Castle Greg followed by Melrose for museum (Trimontium exhibition) and abbey.
Bar Hill fort (stone headquarter, bath-house), Bearsden (well-preserved bath-house), Hillfoot cemetery. Afternoon in Glasgow: Hunterian Museum (distance slabs and further Roman artefacts). Free evening.
Well-preserved fort at Ardoch (including defensive ditches), Kaims Castle (small fortlet), Crieff, Gask Ridge (military frontier – subject to confirmation).
Tour disperses after breakfast.
22 Jul — 28 Jul 2020
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This tour will be taken at a relaxed pace however please note that some sites require walking across rough and uneven ground. Participants should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking around outdoor sites for between one and two hours.
Cost of £1485 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £395.