Today we bid a fond farewell to Edinburgh and travel northwards. We make our first stop of the day at Lindores Abbey Distillery. Built in the 12th century, whisky has been made at Lindores Abbey since at least 1494. There can be no more atmospheric setting than this to take part in a distillery tour, to learn more about the history and the making of Scotland’s most iconic tipple. Once you’ve learned the ins and outs of whisky distilling, you will be offered the opportunity to try two delicious drams for yourself.
After lunch together, we continue on to Arbroath Abbey. Robert the Bruce and over fifty Scottish Barons signed the Declaration of Arbroath here in 1320. The declaration included the famous quote “for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.” Much of the film Braveheart is set around this event. Experience the landscape and history of the area for which those men fought for yourself today.
Shawn regularly gives lectures at Newbattle Abbey College near Dalkeith. This evening, after dinner together at the hotel, we will enjoy a fascinating evening lecture on the subject of the Knights Templar in Scotland, with an opportunity for questions and further investigation.
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 4* Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee or similar