September 11 - 23, 2020

Day 1 (Sep. 11th)

  • Arrival
    • Individually fly in to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands
    • In the evening we will have a short talk about what the trip has in store.
  • Hotel in Kirkwall: Ayre Hotel & Apartments

Day 2 (Sep. 12th)

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

Day 3 (Sep. 13th)

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

Day 4 (Sep. 14th)

  • Ferry from Orkney to mainland Scotland
  • Drive to Kilmartin Glen
    • Grey Cairns of Camster
    • Clava Cairns near Inverness
    • Picnic on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Hotel in Kilmartin: Loch Melfort Hotel

Day 5 (Sep. 15th)

  • Kilmartin Glen Sites including:
    • Ballymeanoch, Achnabrech, Cairnbaan, The Great X, Nether Largie, and Templewood.
  • Hotel in Kilmartin: Loch Melfort Hotel

Day 6 (Sep. 16th)

  • Drive to Loch Tay
    • Crannog Centre
  • Drive to Cumbria and the Lake District
  • Hotel in Keswick: Ravenstone Manor

Day 7 (Sep. 17th)

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

Day 8 (Sep. 18th)

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

Day 9 (Sep. 19th)

  • 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 (Sep. 20th)

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

Day 11 (Sep. 21st)

  • A day in the capital of prehistoric Britain
    • Wiltshire Museum
    • West Kennet
    • Avebury
    • Silbury Hill
  • Hotel in Wiltshire: Beechfield House Hotel

Day 12 (Sep. 22nd)

  • Final day of the grand adventure
    • Woodhenge
    • Durrington Walls
    • Barrow Cemetery
    • Sunset visit to Stonehenge, "within the stones"
  • Hotel in Wiltshire: Beechfield House Hotel

Day 13 (Sep. 23rd)

  • Return to Heathrow - Depart


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 down the west side of Scotland to Kilmartin, along the way visiting chambered cairns that are among Scotland's oldest structures and picnicking near the famous Loch Ness. After visiting the Crannog Centre to learn about the ancient and mysterious lake dwellings, 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 12 we start with a visit to Woodhenge, where the original concentric rings of timber posts are marked by concrete cylinders, and a glimpse of Durrington Walls, the largest henge site in Britain. Then on to the barrow cemetery where we get a better sense of the scale of these enormous burials and a view of the surrounding landscape. Finally, the culmination of our tour: a private out-of-hours sunset visit to Stonehenge ”within the stones,” something not permitted to regular public visitors.

Total Price (double occupancy): $4600 to $5500* Princing subject to change (assuming double occupancy; single lodging fee of $650 will be added).

Registration fee: $1000 to ALI. This amount is included in the total price above. Spots are limited, so register today!

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

Dates: September 11 - 23, 2020

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