Art & History
7 months ago
Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Our incredible tour will include a few of them, which are more remarkable and striking in their architecture & style. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th century round fort and the souq famous for silver jewelry are the major attractions of Nizwa, not to mention the popular and interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. We move on to Bahla famous for its handmade pottery. Bahla is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, however the fort here is now under renovation and is not open to public. Built as a defensive stronghold, the Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. The castle has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings & paintings.
Tour the Scottish Highlands on this awesome day trip to get a taste of Scottish culture. Taking you to the amazing Forth Railway Bridge, your first stop of the day will be at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your tour, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own before proceeding to your next stop: the Cairngorms National Park. Here you will get a thrill trying to spot the world-famous mythical Loch Ness on an optional cruise or grab a bite to eat while enjoying the scenery. The tour will then take you to Glencoe, where you will step into the past as your guide tells you of the horrors of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan. On your way back, you will pass by the beautiful city of Stirling and its stunning castle to learn about the exploits of William Wallace, dramatized in the movie “Braveheart,” and the turbulent times he lived.
Step into Scottish medieval history on this unique tour of the Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and the beautiful Stirlingshire where you will find the Stirling Castle. After gathering at the designated meeting point at 09:00, you will head to the Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will cross into Fife, where your guide will tell you about the heroes of Scotland’s past who battled in this ancient kingdom. Your next stop will be in the town of Dunfermline, where you may choose to take the optional visit to the Abbey Church. Then your tour takes you into Stirlingshire, stopping in the beautiful city of Stirling. You’ll have ample time to explore the city on your own or take the optional visit to the Stirling Castle. Afterwards, you will head to Bannockburn, the battlefield where Robert the Bruce routed the English in the 14th C. The tour ends with an optional tour of the Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
Join us on a full-day tour of Fife, East Nuek, St. Andrews and the charming village of Falkland to see all that this area has to offer. First, you will head north to Fife, crossing the Firth of Forth -- this is your perfect chance to get a photograph of the famous Forth Railway Bridge, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will then take you to explore East Neuk, often a forgotten corner of Fife that has some particularly beautiful historical fishing villages and stunning coastal scenery. Next, you will visit the Kingsbarns Distillery where you’ll learn all about the process of making whiskey. Alternatively, you could relax at the café or go for a walk at the beautiful Cambo Gardens. Then, you will head to St Andrews – the star attraction of this tour. As the spiritual home of golf, it is a must-see for all devotees of the game, but it also boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university and an ancient cathedral. Finally, you will travel west to the charming village of Falkland situated at the foot of the Lomond Hills. Here you can take a relaxing walk around the town where time seems to have stood still. You can browse the craft shops or go on an optional visit to the Falkland Palace which has the oldest tennis courts in use anywhere in the world.
Discover Scotland's countryside and natural beauty. You'll leave Edinburgh and head through Scotland’s bustling central belt to show you Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Then it’s on to Loch Lomond (the largest expanse of fresh water in the country) where we stop off at the conservation village of Luss for coffee and sightseeing. We then head deep into the Highlands, passing through breathtaking scenery (including views along Loch Awe, the longest in Scotland). The countryside here is rich with history. We pass haunting Kilchurn Castle (historically a stronghold of the Campbell Clan) and the Pass of Brander (where Robert the Bruce had a notable victory). By lunchtime, you’ll have reached Oban and will have time to explore this Victorian seaside town, climb up to McCaig’s Tower, take in the views to the Isles of Mull and Kerrera and try some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever have tasted. On the way back to Edinburgh, you’ll visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inveraray, where we’ll stop so that you can enjoy ice-cream, homemade sweets, cakes and coffee and drink in the beauty of Loch Fyne.