No EAA Annual Meeting would be complete without offering delegates the opportunity to visit key archaeological and historic sites across Scotland. We have organised a range of excursions to cater for all periods of specialism and interest. These include trips to Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites, lowland castles, the Western Isles, museums, Pictish stones and prehistoric landscapes as well as historic buildings, battlefields and distilleries.

All tours will be conducted by leading archaeologists and range from ½ day walking tours of sites in Glasgow, train trips to Edinburgh, coach trips to different parts of lowland Scotland and ferries or flights for overnight trips to the Isles.

Places are restricted for each excursion and we would strongly encourage you to book at the earliest opportunity to secure your place. Under-subscribed tours may be subject to cancellation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are a non-UK resident, you are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance before you travel. Please also remember that the Scottish weather can be notoriously changeable and it would be advisable to bring footwear and outdoor clothing to accommodate inclement weather.

Pre-Meeting Excursions

Highland Excursion to Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

The Kilmartin Glen area is internationally important because of its dense concentration of early prehistoric burial monuments and rock art sites, as well of the site of Dunadd, the fort of the first kings of the Scots. Kilmartin is situated in a beauti …

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Lowland Castles

Led by John Raven and John Malcolm of Historic Scotland, this field trip will provide an opportunity to explore some of Lowland Scotland’s best medieval castles and look at Scottish castle culture throughout the Middle Ages. The focus will primarily be …

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Edinburgh Old and New Towns

The Edinburgh World Heritage excursion will explore two contrasting urban designs. The Old Town is a classic example of Scottish medieval burgh with the central spine created by the High Street running from the castle down the Royal Mile to Holyrood ab …

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Glasgow and Govan Old

Medieval Glasgow was an ecclesiastical burgh which in the modern era was transformed into a commercial and industrial powerhouse. The extent of the post-medieval transformation can make it difficult to appreciate Glasgow’s medieval origins. This excurs …

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Science and Conservation

The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH) brings together expertise in textile conservation and technical art history. Object-based, interdisciplinary research underpins teaching and research. Visitors to the CTCTAH will be …

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Collection Highlights: The Hunterian & Kelvingrove

Led by staff from The Hunterian, University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, hear first hand about these world class collections. Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

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Historic Battlefields

A day-long excursion to two key Scottish battlefields in the Central Belt will be led by Dr Tony Pollard and Dr Iain Banks from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology. Bannockburn is the site of the epic showdown between the Sco …

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New Lanark and Scotland’s Industrial Heritage

The focus of this visit will be on Scotland’s Industrial heritage and how it has been displayed in the post-industrial era. Textile manufacturing was the mainstay of Scotland in the early industrial era and is best represented by New Lanark, where a pl …

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Exploring Scotland’s Heritage on Bute

Exploring Scotland’s Heritage – Townscape, Landscape and Legacy on the Isle of Bute The Isle of Bute is probably the most accessible of Scotland’s islands from Glasgow. Ancestral home of the Bute Stuarts, the island has played a central role in the sto …

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Post-Meeting Excursions

Orkney’s Archaeology

Orkney is blessed with abundant fine natural building stone, but little timber, a combination which has led to the survival of walls, floors and even collapsed roofs from the Neolithic onwards. Led by Orkney Archaeology Tours with insights from Jane Do …

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Western Isles and St Kilda

St Kilda is one of five World Heritage Sites in Scotland and the only World Heritage Site in the UK inscribed for both its natural and cultural heritage values. The St Kilda archipelago is breathtaking, with a dramatic, jagged landscape of towering cli …

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Iona: Cradle of Christianity

Led by specialists from Historic Scotland, this excursion explores new understandings of Iona Abbey, as Scotland’s most sacred place, resulting from the research into its archaeology and collections compiled for a newly completed Historic Scotland redi …

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Picts in Perthshire

Led by Sally Foster of Stirling University and Mark Hall of Perth Museum and Art Gallery, this day-trip offers an introduction to the Christian archaeology of the Picts, a people who occupied north-east Scotland in the first millennium AD. It will tie …

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Coastal Erosion on the Firth of Forth

Led by Tom Dawson, University of St Andrews and Joanna Hambly and Ellie Graham of the SCAPE Trust, this trip will visit eroding archaeological sites on the coast north of Edinburgh. The Firth of Forth has been a major transport route for millennia and …

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Roman Scotland: The Antonine Wall

Led by Dr Rebecca Jones of Historic Scotland, Dr Alan Leslie of Northlight Heritage and Professor David Breeze, formerly Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic Scotland, this trip explores some of the best surviving segments of Rome’s most n …

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Cultybraggan Camp

We will visit the Cultybraggan Camp in Comrie, Perthshire. This is a WWII PoW camp that is in a very good state of preservation because of its subsequent use as a training camp until the end of the 20th century. This is the best preserved PoW camp in S …

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