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History Tour Weekend at Cavens: A Special Weekend Break Package (3-5 November 2017)

From ancient mysteries and ancestral clans through to hidden WW2 history, Dumfries and Galloway is a region with amazing heritage sites and countless tales to tell. This autumn, Cavens is delighted to welcome award-winning experts Mark and Lesley from Solway Tours for a journey through time, taking in the region’s greatest historic sites and stories.

Dumfries and Galloway has contributed so much to the development of Scotland and Great Britain, with some of the best historic sites anywhere in the world. Nor will you find any better guides than Mark and Lesley, whose knowledge and passion shines through as they bring the past to life over our stimulating weekend history tour. Combined with our excellent food and hospitality, this is a special break not to be missed!

Arrive on Friday and settle in at Cavens Country House. Mark and Lesley will join you for a delicious dinner in our restaurant.

DAY ONE (SATURDAY): We begin by focussing on the lowland clans of Scotland, from small towns and villages to castles.  This day will look in detail at the history of a number of Scottish clans who were based in Dumfries and Galloway, including the Maxwell, Douglas, Johnston Armstrong, Bruce and Grierson clans. We will look at the ancestral homes of these families and pivotal, powerful characters through the ages.

Visits will include the unique and evocative Caerlaverock Castle, as well as the island castle home of the feared Douglas Clan at Threave.  On our return to Cavens, Mark and Lesley will provide a thought-provoking talk to add further interest to the topics covered and places visited, before you enjoy an excellent dinner, accompanied by Mark and Lesley.

DAY TWO (SUNDAY): We head further west to explore the beautiful and historic old county of Wigtownshire. A hidden gem with many surprises, this area of Dumfries and Galloway had a major impact across the rest of Scotland and across the world.

The morning will focus on the Iron Age and the early Christian period in and around the town of Whithorn. Dubbed “Scotland’s Cradle of Christianity” this small market town is the site of the nation’s first church, built here in AD 397 by St Ninian. A recently reconstructed Iron Age Roundhouse adds further fascination, giving vivid insight into the building skills and daily lives of wealthy local people who lived here over 2000 years ago. 

In the afternoon, we will explore the harbour villages of Garlieston and the Isle of Whithorn. As well as the scenic locations, Mulberry Harbour at Garlieston was the site of secret trials throughout 1943 and 1944 before being used successfully in the D Day landings of June 1944.

To finish, we will travel to the National Book Town of Scotland at Wigtown to consider the religious conflicts that dogged the post Reformation period, especially in Galloway, before going to the scenic vista at Loch Trool where Robert the Bruce had his first victory over English forces in 1307.

Recommended to bring with you

Sensible footwear
Warm, waterproof clothing

Cost: £700 per couple

Fully inclusive of the following;
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Guiding fees
  • Breakfast, hearty packed lunch and dinner each day
  • Pre dinner drinks & wines each evening
  • Talks both evening from Mark and Lesley, Solway Tours

Not bookable online please phone: 01387 880 234

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