Itinerary

September 7 - 20, 2019

Day 1 (Saturday, Sep. 7th)

  • Arrival
    • Individually fly in to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands
    • In the evening, a short talk abou the upcoming trip
  • Hotal in Kirkwall: Ayre Hotel & Apartments

Day 2 (Sunday, Sep. 8th)

  • Orkney Islands, Day 1
    • Ring of Brodgar
    • Stones of Stennes
    • Skara Brae
  • Hotel in Kirkwall: Ayre Hotel & Apartments

Day 3 (Monday, Sep. 9th)

  • Orkney Islands, Day 2
    • Maes Howe
    • Tomb of the Eagles
  • Hotel in Kirkwall: Ayre Hotel & Apartments

Day 4 (Tuesday, Sep. 10th)

  • Ferry from Orkney to mainland Scotland
  • Drive to Inverurie
    • Grey Cairns of Camster
    • Clava Cairns near Inverness
  • Hotel in Inverurie: MacDonald Pittodrie House Hotel

Day 5 (Wednesday, Sep. 11)

  • Recumbent Stone Circles around Inverurie
  • Hotel in Inverurie: MacDonald Pittodrie House Hotel

Day 6 (Thursday, Sep. 12)

  • Drive to Keswick
    • Leys of Marlee
    • Rest of day off to enjoy the stunning views and surroundsing of the Lake District
  • Hotel in Keswick: Ravenstone Manor

Day 7 (Friday, Sep. 13)

  • Long Meg and Castlerigg
  • Rest of day off to explore the Lake District town of Keswick
  • Hotel in Keswick: Ravenstone Manor

Day 8 (Saturday, Sep. 14)

  • Drive to Stratford Upon Avon
    • Henge circle of Arbor Low in the Peak District
  • Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon: Mercure Shakespeare Hotel

Day 9 (Sunday, Sep. 15)

  • Morning in Shakespeare's town, then site visit
    • Belas Knap, the hill top long barrow
  • Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon: Mercure Shakespeare Hotel

Day 10 (Monday, Sep. 16)

  • En route to Salisbury
    • Rollright Stones
    • Devil's Quoits
    • Waylands Smithy
    • Uffington White Horse
  • Hotel in Salisbury: Grasmere House Hotel

Day 11 (Tuesday, Sep. 17)

  • A day in the capital of prehistoric Britain
    • West Kennet
    • Silbury Hill
    • Avebury
  • Hotel in Salisbury: Grasmere House Hotel

Day 12 (Wednesday, Sep. 18)

  • Morning off in historic Salisbury
  • Afternoon trip to Wiltshire Museum
  • Hotel in Salisbury: Grasmere House Hotel

Day 13 (Thursday, Sep. 19)

  • Final day of the grand adventure
    • Stonehenge within the stones
    • Salisbury Plain cultural landscape
    • Woodhenge
    • Durrington Walls
  • Hotel in Salisbury: Grasmere House Hotel

Day 14 (Friday, Sep. 20)

  • Transfer to Heathrow - Depart

About

An educational tour designed and organized by Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI)

Led by "Standing With Stones" Filmmakers Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin


This 13-day tour traverses Britain, all the way from the Orkney Islands to the Salisbury Plain, to visit megalithic sites of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The journey begins in Kirkwall, in the Orkneys, where we spend three nights and visit a surprising group of sites comprising the World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. The Ring of Brodgar is the third-largest circle henge in Britain, while Skara Brae is Europe's most complete Neolithic village and Maes Howe is one of Britain's most majestic passage graves.

After a ferry ride to the Scottish mainland, our bus on Day 4 wends through the Highlands to Inverurie, along the way visiting chambered cairns that are among Scotland's oldest structures. After visiting Recumbent Stone Circle sites around Inverurie, we head south on Day 6 to Keswick in the Lake District of Cumbria, northwest England. This is our launch point to see the stone circles of Long Meg and Her Daughters, the sixth-largest in Britain, and Castlerigg, whose majestic beauty inspired Romantic poets.

We hit the road again on Day 8, driving south to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home, along the way stopping at Arbor Low, one of the best preserved henge circle monuments in Britain. We take a morning off to enjoy Shakespeare's town, then visit Belas Knap, a hilltop long barrow chambered tomb with stunning views to the sunset. Day 10 is quite busy as we drive to Salisbury, seeing along the way the Rollright Stones, one of Britains best loved circles, as well as another circle henge and long barrow and the Uffington White Horse, strikingly inscribed into a hillside.

We save the best for last, as Day 11 brings us to the capital of prehistoric Britain: West Kennet, the second largest barrow in Britain; Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe; and Avebury, Britain's largest stone circle. We enjoy a day in historic Salisbury and then visit the Wiltshire Museum to see some of the artifacts excavated from the nearby Stonehenge area. Finally, on Day 13 we begin our day with a sunrise visit to Stonehenge within the stones, something not permitted to regular public visitors, then pay a visit to Woodhenge, where the original wooden posts are marked by concrete cylinders and from which we can see Durrington Walls, the largest henge site in Britain.


Total Price (double occupancy): $4545 to $5739, depending on number of participants (assuming double occupancy; single lodging fee of $852 will be added).

Registration fee: $1000 to ALI by registration deadline of July 7. This amount is included in the total price above. Taking reservations now!

Costs not included: personal travel insurance, airfare to & from the UK.

Dates: September 7 - 20, 2019

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