Our tour is based in Aberdeenshire and Moray, a magnificent and unspoilt part of North-East Scotland, and an area rich in architectural delights. Foremost is the great concentration of romantic turreted tower houses, dating from mediaeval times to the 16th century known for their excitingly varied silhouettes and their rich Renaissance plasterwork and painted ceilings. Such are Crathes, Craigevar, Fyvie and Monymusk. The tower theme continues into the early 18th-century with the dramatic Baroque splendour of William Adamís Duff House, and in the 19th century is revived in the castellated Gothic of Drumtochty Castle and superbly sited Castle Forbes. By contrast, Haddo House (1732) is a restrained classical Palladian country house, with Adam Revival interiors. Many of our visits will be to private houses, some like Arbuthnott House, still in possession of the same family since the 12th century. Here the plaster ceilings are some of the finest in Scotland. Most houses have important contents, such as Kemnay, where the original 18th-century furniture survives together with the related furniture bills, whilst Fyvie holds a magnificent collection of Old Master paintings and works of art.
Important historic gardens to be visited include the rare Renaissance garden of Edzell, the restored Victorian gardens of Haddo and the outstanding early 20th-century gardens of Crathes, whilst Castle Forbes is set in a magnificent landscape park with spectacular views.
In early June the countryside is at its most beautiful and we shall enjoy spectacular drives through the mountains and moors of the Cairngorm National Park.
The tour will be led by the distinguished author and historian, Dr David Jones, formerly lecturer in Furniture History at St Andrews University, who has an intimate knowledge of the area.
Vikki Duncan, MA, MLitt, National Trust Curator for the North and North East regions will accompany our private visits to National Trust houses.
Barbara Peacock MA FRSA lectures internationally for organisations such as the National Trust, the Art Fund and the Arts Society. Founder of Wessex Fine Art Study Tours in 1982, she has since led numerous successful tours in Britain and overseas.
Airline tickets can be obtained on-line or through your local travel agent or through WEXAS Travel. Contact Shantra Pulendra-Villars email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 784784 (add £23 booking fee).
BA, Easy Jet and Flybe fly direct to Aberdeen. The available and recommended BA flights are shown below.
||May 31 BA1308 Depart LHR 1150 arrive Aberdeen 1330
||Jun 6 BA1309 Depart Aberdeen 1450 arrive LHR 1630
|Easy Jet flights
||The timetable for May/June is not available yet, but the current 2019 times from Luton are as follows: Departing Luton 1350 arriving Aberdeen 1515, departing 1545 from Aberdeen arriving Luton 1705
||The timetable for May/June is not available yet.
Further flight information will be posted here, as and when it becomes available.
The Full Programme
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