This itinerary just details the Castles that will be visited – other locations in the vicinity of the castles will also be visited.
Saturday – St Andrew’s Castle and Loch Leven Castle. After your arrival we will make our way to St Andrew’s Castle which was at the centre of Scotland’s Reformation. We will also take a boat ride over to Loch Leven Castle to hear about John Knox’s visit to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned there and was forced to abdicate her throne.
Lord’s Day – Our policy at Reformation Tours is that the Sabbath is to be a day of worship and rest both for the Tour guides and for those on the Tour. So, you will worship with us at the Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church in the morning, where the congregation will be delighted to get to know you. After lunch with some in the church we will take a leisurely walk to enjoy the view over Glasgow Cathedral from the large statue of John Knox which stands on top of Glasgow’s Necropolis. We will then return to the church for a light meal followed by evening worship.
Monday – Caerlaverock Castle. We will travel south, close to the border with England, to see this uniquely triangular shaped castle with its impressive moat and learn all about the Covenanter army which besieged it and eventually captured it in 1640.
Tuesday – Stirling Castle and Blackness Castle. Both theses castles were used as state prisons for many of God’s people in Scotland during the times of persecution in the 17th century. Hear individual stories and see the horrific conditions they were kept in.
Wednesday -Dumbarton Castle and Inverlochy Castle. The mighty fortress on Dumbarton Rock has a long history and was another of the locations used as a prison and place of torture for Covenanters. We will then make our way north, via the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and stunningly beautiful Glencoe, to Fort William where we will visit the ruins of old Inverlochy Castle, a 13th century fortress, where in February 1645 over 1500 Covenanters lost their lives in a battle with the Duke of Montrose’s Highlanders. We will spend the night in the Highlands.
Thursday -Carnasserie Castle and Inveraray Castle. We will travel back south again, stopping off at Carnasserie Castle. Built just after the Reformation, it was the home of Mr John Carswell and used as a base to promote the Protestant faith to the Gaelic-speaking Highlanders. We will then pass through Kilmartin Glen, an area which spans 5,000 years of history with a multitude of cairns, standing stones, carved rock, stone circles, forts and castles. We will then stop and visit the impressive Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Chief of the Clan Campbell of Argyle. Hear about how this family were significant to Scotland’s Reformation and Covenanting times and see personal artifacts connected to the family which are significant to the Covenanters.
Friday – Craignethan Castle. This Castle is hidden away amongst the trees and hills of Clydesdale. Its family were strong supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots, which would lead to the castle’s demise. It was later bought by Covenanter Andrew Hay. We will then travel through rural Lanarkshire and Ayrshire to visit other places of interest to the Covenanters and see how individual people lived and suffered for their faith.
Saturday – Head for home.
The price for this Tour is £1,680 pounds sterling per person, with discounts for children 15 and younger. The Tour can be paid for in three installments or in one payment.
The price includes all accommodation, all transport within Scotland, all meals, entry to all sites visited, all gratuities, and the services of our Tour Guides.
The price does not include international airfare.
Reformation Tours is a non-profit ministry of the RPCS, any money left after costs are paid is used for church planting in Scotland.