The V&A Museum in Dundee 2018 & 2019
V&A Dundee images. Photographed by Ross Fraser McLean
Art, culture and history await on this wonderful, four-day Scottish escape. Take a tour of the fabulous Glamis Castle, the former childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Spend time at the newly opened V&A Museum in Dundee, where the best in Scottish creativity and international design are showcased. Visit the RSS Discovery, one of the last three-masted wooden ships built in Britain. Experience the stories that shaped this amazing country as we travel from gallery to architectural marvel, and see Scotland in a fascinating new light.
We start our tour at Kellie Castle, home to the Earls of Kellie, which was restored by the Lorimer family in 1878. The oldest tower, dating back to 1360, is said to be haunted but today the castle is a tranquil spot. Visit the old stables, now housing an exhibition on Hew Lorimer's life, or take a stroll in the magical Arts & Crafts garden. But spare a thought for the 5th Earl of Kellie, who hid in the garden for an entire summer in a burnt-out tree stump after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. This evening we enjoy a welcome drink and dinner.
This morning we enjoy a visit to the newly opened V&A Museum (opening 15 Sept 2018). V&A Dundee will present the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. The first Exhibition to be held will be Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (15 Sept 2018 - 24 Feb 2019). Experience what it would have been like on-board one the 'great floating palaces' and discover how ocean liners became one of the most powerful and admired symbols of 20th century modernity. From Brunel's 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style is the first exhibition to fully explore the design and cultural impact of ocean liners on an international scale, focussing on their promotion, engineering, interior design, as well as the lifestyle on board.
This afternoon we will visit the McManus Gallery & Museum where we will discover how Dundee developed throughout the ages from a small settlement into the great city we know today.
Following breakfast we will visit the RRS Discovery, one of the last three-masted wooden ships built in Britain which sailed with the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, captained by Robert Falcon Scott. As well as a fascinating tour of the ship, the visit includes an Antarctic museum and video presentations.
After lunch we travel into the rolling Angus countryside north of Dundee for a visit to Glamis Castle, a stunning architectural treasure and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The Castle is and has been a royal residence since 1372 and spans more than 600 years of Scottish history. Stories of the Old Pretender, Mary Queen of Scots, Shakespeare and James VI & I, right up to the 20th Century with the childhood stories of The Queen Mother, make a visit to Glamis a magical experience - a guided tour is included.
After breakfast we begin our journey home with a stop off at Perth, for a visit to the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, one of the oldest museums in Britain with over half a million objects. Art, history and natural history are covered along with items particularly associated with Perth and Kinross.