ur nation has more ties to Scotland than any nation in the world. For two weeks Bill Potter, Colin Gunn, Marshall Foster and a host of local Scottish churchmen and historians, will lead 45 adventurous souls on an unprecedented providential history tour of the land of the ancient Celts in Scotland.
We will follow in the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to the battlefields, castles and memorials of their bygone era. We will follow the history of the Church from Columba — an outcast monk on the tiny island of Iona — through fiery John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, William Guthrie, Richard Cameron and the godly Covenanters who met in the fields and defied tyrannical monarchs to the death. We will walk in the pastures filled with ancient standing stones, beside the burial cairns of princes known only to those who perished thousands of years ago. Our paths will lead us to the lowlands and the highlands and the isles.
William Wallace Monument
The Isle of Iona
St. Giles Cathedral
Included in Each Leg of This Tour
- Airport transfer between Edinburgh International Airport or Waverly Train Station and Residence Inn Edinburgh
- 7 nights’ accommodations with breakfast
- 7 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including Welcome Reception and Farewell Banquet
- Travel on luxury coach throughout tour
- All venue admissions, donations at churches and gratuities for guides/drivers
- Wireless headsets for ease of hearing
- Accurate teaching from Biblical perspective from Bill Potter, Colin Gunn, Marshall Foster and local experts
- Rich fellowship, new friendships
“The Whole Haggis”
NOTE: Rates are per person based on double occupancy in hotel rooms.
* Must ride in lap of a family member. Meals not covered.
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We understand that we make our plans and the Lord directs our steps. Our philosophy regarding cancellations is driven by stewardship and compassion, not punishment. In its simplest terms, if we can resell your places, we will refund your money.
Please understand that Landmark Events must prepay hotels, meals, transportation and many entry fees in advance, and considers your registration a commitment to attend. If you have to cancel prior to June 15, we will immediately refund 50% of your payments and refund the balance if we are able to resell your places. Cancellations after June 15 will be refunded only if we are able to resell your places. Keep in mind registrations are fully transferable to a relative or friend.
Liberty. Worship. Valor. Perseverance. Martyrdom. HISTORY! We love these words and what they stand for. How about these? Tyranny. Prelacy. Dishonor. Inquisition. SAME HISTORY. Our nation has more ties to Scotland than any nation in the world. Scottish history provides centuries of examples of all the above character traits and ideas, some of which we can but dimly see in the mists of time. For two weeks, the historians of Landmark Events will lead a one-of-a-kind providential history tour of the land of the ancient Picts and Celts in Scotland. We will follow the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to the battlefields, castles (especially castles!), and memorials of their bygone era. We will recite the history of the godly Covenanters who met in the fields and defied tyrannical monarchs to the death. We will walk in the pastures filled with ancient standing stones, beside the burial cairns of princes known only to those who perished thousands of years ago. Our paths will lead us to the Lowlands and the Highlands and the isles. Join us with our experienced guides Bill Potter, Colin Gunn and Dr. Marshall Foster.
Mr. Potter is writing a book on his Covenanter ancestors and will be sharing his discoveries as we stand on the very ground of martyrs who fell defending their families. Scotland native and award-winning filmmaker, Colin Gunn will lead us through the land of his fathers, the places he took for granted in his youth but now loves with new understanding and passion. Having led numerous tours to Scotland, Dr. Marshall Foster has devoted his life to the passionate study of freedom and liberty through Christ. You have always wanted to see Scotland. If not now, when? If not through the lens of providential understanding, why not?
Lowlands or Highlands… Or Both!
Choose the Lowlands Leg, the Highlands Leg, or maximize your experience and investment and go for “The Whole Haggis” — save $750 per adult or $950 per youth!
Choose the Lowlands Leg and stay in Edinburgh at the New Residence Inn, whence we will explore this magnificent city on foot and venture out on a motor coach to Stirling, Glasgow, Hamilton, St. Andrews, Lanark, Bannockburn, Dumfries and more!
St. Giles Cathedral
The ancient capital city of Edinburgh offers uncountable treasures behind its winding stone streets, unassailable castle walls, and graveyards of the centuries:
St. Giles Cathedral The magnificent “High Kirk of Edinburgh” from the 14th Century. The Kirk installed the great Reformation preacher John Knox as pastor there in 1559, where he thundered out the gospel and drove back the centuries of papist error and darkness. Scotland would never be the same.
John Knox House A modest home on the Royal Mile between St. Giles and the Queen’s residence at Holyrood Palace, lived the man who “neither feared nor flattered any flesh,” including the Queen and her courtiers. The hand of providence and mercy upon Knox can be seen in every year of his life.
Covenanter Monument Planted in the center of the old Grass Market gallows square, this marker commemorates the thousands of Christians of 17th Century Scotland who were persecuted and murdered by royal authorities for holding to biblical worship against the policies of the bishops and crown.
Greyfriars Kirk The location where the National Covenant was signed by thousands, pledging loyalty to Christ as a nation. The precincts of the yard were later used to imprison the Covenanter “rebels” and where many found their final resting place.
Magdalen Chapel The little church where the blessed ladies of the church tenderly washed the bodies of the martyrs of the Covenant, the table of which is seen there today. The faithful Presbyterians met there in secret conventicles after the overthrow of the Reformed pastors by the English king in 1661.
Edinburgh Castle The magnificent and premier castle of Scotland which towers over the Old City. It is the home of the National War Museum, the Regimental Museum of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and site of the annual Edinburgh Tattoo.
Stirling is one of the most strategic and beautiful places in Scotland and a highlight of our tour.
William Wallace Monument
William Wallace Monument The hero of Scottish Wars for Independence in the 12th/13th centuries, Wallace’s heroism has thrilled liberty-loving people around the world ever since. We will climb this magnificent stone tower to gaze over the Stirling plane and river where Wallace’s army routed the English nobles and troops in the battle of Stirling Bridge. The tower is so large it contains museums devoted to Scottish history and to William Wallace.
Stirling Castle Another of the ancient and powerful castles of Scotland, it was the prize of every invasion and every defense of the realm. Home to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander Regimental Museum and several stunning monuments to Scottish heroes, especially Robert the Bruce.
Church of the Holy Rude and Cemetery James Guthrie, the subject of Bill Potter’s research and writing, was the pastor of this church in Stirling. Rev. Guthrie was arrested, thrown in prison and martyred for his stand against prelacy and his belief that Christ is the head of the church.
Bannockburn Battlefield The most storied battle in Scotland’s militant history. On this field in 1314, King Robert the Bruce defeated the army of King Edward II and secured Scottish independence. It would have to be defended in every generation, as all free people must do to keep their freedom.
Dumfries & Ayrshire
Caerlaverock Castle The classic and beautiful medieval castle of the Catholic Maxwell family, besieged and sacked by Edward I, defended by supporters of Robert Bruce in the Scottish Wars for Independence, attacked by rival clans, partly destroyed each time and finally taken in a 13-week siege by Covenanter armies, never to be rebuilt. One of few castles that has retained its capacious moat.
Threave Castle Constructed on a 20-acre island in the 1370s by Douglas’s, Threave has had a tempestuous history of sieges, murders, and intrigues. Later a possession of the Maxwells, it was besieged and captured by the Covenanters. It was used as a prison for captured Frenchmen during the Napoleonic Wars.
Glasgow & Hamilton
Necropolis and Knox Statue A necropolis is a large ancient cemetery. Glasgow’s cemetery contains more than 50,000 burials and 3,500 monuments. Prior to the opening of the cemetery in the 19th century, a beautiful statue of John Knox was erected there overlooking the city. There is a memorial to the Glaswegian Victoria Cross recipients as well—the British equivalent to the Medal of Honor.
Glasgow Cathedral Begun in the 12th Century and the seat of the bishop and later archbishop of Glasgow, the building survived the Reformation relatively intact to become one of the largest churches of the Kirk of Scotland. Here, in 1638, the General Assembly of the Kirk threw out episcopacy and the Covenanters took control of Presbyterian Scotland.
Bothwell Castle and Bothwell Bridge few castles in Scotland have undergone more sieges and destruction than Bothwell. It has changed hands many times due to its strategic position on the River Clyde. The bridge nearby was the scene of the overwhelming defeat of the godly Covenanter army by Royalist forces led by the Duke of Monmouth in 1679, marking the effective end of military resistance to the government’s attacks on their pastors and families and marks the beginning of the “killing times.” The captured survivors of the battle were incarcerated in Greyfriars Kirk yard in Edinburgh where many died of malnutrition and disease or by hanging.
St. Andrews Castle
United College University of St Andrews
The Highlands Leg will cover much ground with overnights in Inverness, Oban, Edinburgh and the magnificent Isle of Iona! Along the way we will visit incredible sites at Culloden, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, Kilmartin, the Isle of Mull and much more!
Fort George Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. Its garrison buildings, artillery defences bristling with cannon, and superb collection of arms – including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches – provide a fascinating insight into 18th century military life.
Urquhart Castle Perched on a promontory above Loch Ness, near the village with the quaint name of Drumnadrochit, these ruins remind us of the great sieges and battles over ownership of this strategic stronghold. Perhaps the ancient site of this 16th century ruin was visited by Columba and centuries later attacked by Wallace ally Robert de Moray and their mortal enemy Edward I. Robert the Bruce took the castle, and it changed hands numerous times through the centuries until rebuilt by Clan Grant and then finally lost to the Covenanters in the 1640s who drove out the last Episcopalian inhabitant and looted it.
Culloden The battlefield of 1745 between the clans supporting “Bonnie Prince Charlie” against the English King George II. As usual there were Scottish clans on both sides in the fight. The Highlanders lost, great slaughter ensued, and in the following years many Highlanders were transported or cleared from their lands. It was the last rising of the Scots against the English.
Loch Ness 23-miles long and more than 750 feet deep the loch contains more fresh water than all of England and Wales combined. It acquired world wide fame after reported sightings of a dinosaur-like creature allegedly spotted in its nocturnal perambulations an the surface. With high peat content, the waters of Loch Ness are murky and cold.
Glen Coe At this place in 1692, thirty-eight Catholic MacDonalds were massacred by their guests, royalist Campbells as reprisal for alleged failure to obey government mandated oaths of allegiance to William and Mary, the new monarchs of England. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.
Oban A beautiful Gaellic-speaking, sea-side town on the Firth of Lorn known for its fishing trade and distillery. It is from this port that we sail to the Isle of Mull in a comfortable and interesting ferry that plies the isles.
Dunadd An ancient hill fort, the capitol of the kingdom of Dal Riata, a site mentioned in 7th and 8th century documents. We will scale the sides of the hill to the top where we can view the entire Kilmartin Valley. We will tell the stories and see ancient carvings and the stone footprint where the ancient sea-kings were crowned.
Standing Stones and Cairns More than 350 standing stones and cairns some of which date back to 4,000 B.C. appear in the midst of sheep pastures over a six square mile valley. Little is known of the ancient kingdoms that existed here—probably in times of pagan Druids. We will stroll those pastures and marvel at the beauty and antiquity of civilizations which left no other record.
Carnasserie Castle Ruins Built by a Protestant Lord, John Carswell, during the Reformation, it is the site of the first Reformed literature translated into Gaelic so the Gospel in print could reach the highlanders. It became an assembly point for the Presbyterian McAlpins in the abortive Monmouth’s rebellion against King James. The Royalists blew it up.
Kilmartin Church and Cemetery The Church of Scotland congregation in the little Kilmartin Kirk sit above their ancient cemetery which dates back to the middle ages and beyond. There are centuries of interesting stories told in the stones of the markers—from exiled Templar Knights to Covenanters. Here we see the march of time as the Gospel came to Scotland.
Inveraray Castle The ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell whose family have resided in Inveraray since the early 15th century, Inveraray Castle was designed by Roger Morris and decorated by Robert Mylne. Its fairytale façade houses an equally enchanting interior.
The Isle of Mull
The Isle of Iona
Duart Castle (Isle of Mull) This magnificent 13th century castle was home to McLeans and Campbells in the centuries past. Cromwell’s navy failed to capture it but the McLeans were forced to give it to the government after backing the failed Jacobite rebellion in 1745. Restored and open to the public now, it towers over the horizon on its ancient promontory. It has been used for the settings of several movies, one starring Sean Connery, who related to McLeans.
Island of Iona This storied island played host to the first great missionary endeavors led by Columba from Ireland in the sixth century. Christianity spread to the British Isles from this place, and probably into northern Europe as well. Overrun by the Vikings in the 8th and 9th centuries, missionary work persisted when the invaders left. Our visit to this gorgeous island that was the site God used to carry the Gospel to so many is one of our most precious visits in Scotland.
An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.
Native Scotsman Colin Gunn will be returning to his homeland to assist Landmark Events as the local historian for the 2016 Scotland Adventure. Colin is a sincere, orthodox Christian who worshipped for many years in a local church that descended directly from the Covenanters of the 17th century (it still requires members to sign “The Solemn League and Covenant”!) Colin has distinguished himself as an award-winning Christian filmmaker. He co-directed and wrote and produced the documentaries IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America and Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture. His latest film is a feature length documentary on American healthcare called Wait Till It’s Free!. His previous films include Shaky Town and The Monstrous Regiment of Women (the title of which was taken from one of John Knox’s most famous treatises).
Dr. Marshall Foster*
Dr. Marshall Foster is the founder and president of the Mayflower Institute, a non-profit educational foundation. Marshall and the Institute have been dedicated, since 1976, to teaching and reclaiming America’s godly heritage. Best-selling author and keynote speaker, Dr. Foster has effectively and dynamically communicated biblical truths and principles of our founder’s miraculous success story. His experience includes being the founder of the Los Angeles Rams Chaplains Program, the founder of Campus Crusade at the University of Southern California, keynote speaker and featured radio and television guest on programs such as Focus on the Family, CBN’s 700 Club, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Across America, hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by Marshall’s seminars, educational materials and tours, media appearances, and most significantly by his contagious love for Jesus Christ. For nearly four decades, his passion to unite this land as “One Nation Under God” has inspired young and old alike. Dr. Foster’s biblical and historical wisdom offers a new generation hope for a lasting spiritual and cultural revival.
* Marshall Foster will be joining the tour in Glasgow on July 8.
Note: Schedule times are subject to change
Sunday, July 3
|Evening Reception (7:30pm)|
Monday, July 4
|City Tour Via Bus|
Tuesday, July 5
|St. Giles Cathedral|
|John Knox House|
Wednesday, July 6
|Church of the Holy Rude|
Thursday, July 7
Friday, July 8
|Bothwell Castle / Bridge|
|Celtic Cross, Covenenter Graves|
|St Kentigern’s Church, Lanark|
Saturday, July 9
|Farewell Banquet Edinburgh|
Sunday, July 10
|Evening Reception (7:30pm)|
Monday, July 11
(Overnight in Inverness)
Tuesday, July 12
(Overnight in Oban)
Wednesday, July 13
(Overnight in Oban)
|Kilmartin Kirk and Cemetery|
|Standing Stones and Cairns|
Thursday, July 14
(Overnight in Oban)
|Free time in Oban|
|Ferries to Mull and Iona|
|Iona – overnight|
Friday, July 15
(Overnight on Iona)
|Isle of Iona|
|Optional trip to Duart Castle on Mull|
Saturday, July 15
(Overnight in Edinburgh)
|Return to Edinburgh|
|Farewell Banquet Edinburgh|
Hotels in Europe are different from those in the U.S. As a general rule, rooms are smaller and services more limited. Terminology is different as well — for instance a double room will have one double bed and a twin room will have two single beds. Family rooms are rare and generally have one double bed and one single bed. We will work with you to get the best room configuration possible so you will know in advance what type of room you will be getting at each property. Priority room selection based on registration order.
Residence Inn Edinburgh (7 nights)
Located in the heart of Edinburgh in the new Quartermile development just a few minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Princes Street, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.
Room Type: Superior Studio
Bedding: One Queen bed with sofa bed / limited number with 2 Double beds
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults and 2 children under 15
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Bedding: One Queen bed with sofa bed or Two Twin beds
Max Occupancy: 2 Adult and 1 Child
July 14-15 (Iona)
(St. Columba arrived here in AD 563, establishing a Christian community that would have far reaching effects on Scotland and beyond. This very special little island is home to 177 residents according to the 2011 census. We have secured rooms in two of the three hotels on the Island and have rented a 5-bedroom house also. Priority room selection based on registration order.)
Bedding: One Queen bed or Two Twin beds or One Twin
Max Occupancy: 2 Adult
Bedding: One Queen bed or Two Twin beds — all with private bath
Max Occupancy: 2 Adult per room — good for families
Edinburgh (TBD) — See Lowlands Leg for description
The Argyll Book, by Donald Omand (ed.)
The Faded Map: Lost Kingdoms of Scotland, by Alistair Moffat
Iona, by E. Mairi MacArthur
A History of the Vikings, by T.D. Kendrick
Columba, by Ian Finlay
The Life of St. Columba, by Adomnan of Iona
Kilmartin: An Introduction and Guide, by Rachel Butter
Pictish Warrior AD 297-841, by Paul Wagner (Osprey)
Wars of Scottish Independence
Bannockburn 1314: The Battle 700 Years On, by Chris Brown
Bannockburn 1314: Robert Bruce’s Great Victory, by Pete Armstrong (Osprey pub.)
Stirling Bridge & Falkirk 1297-98: William Wallace’s Rebellion, by Pete Armstrong
William Wallace, The King’s Enemy, D.J. Gray
The Wars of Scottish Independence, by Even Macleod Barron
For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320, by Edward J. Cowan
Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, by Ronald McNair Scott
The Reformation in Scotland, by John Knox
Luther’s Scottish Connection, by James McGoldrick
The Life of John Knox, by Thomas McCrie
The Reformation: A History, by Darmaid McCullough
The Story of the Scottish Church, by Thomas McCrie
Castles in Scotland
The Fortified House in Scotland, by Nigel Tranter
Castles of the Clans: The Strongholds and Seats of 750 Scottish Families and Clans, by Martin Coventry
The Second Reformation and Covenanters
No King But Christ: The Story of Donald Cargill, by Maurice Grant
A Cloud of Witnesses, by John H. Thomson
The Scots Worthies, by John Howie
The Lion of the Covenant: The Story of Richard Cameron, by Maurice Grant
Men of the Covenant, by Alexander Smellie
The Covenanter Encyclopaedia, by Dane Love
Cromwell and Scotland, by R. Scott Spurlock
Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland, by Ronald Hutton
Jacobites and Highland Military
Queen Victoria’s Highlanders, by Stuart Reid (Osprey)
Highland Clansmen 1689-1746, by Stuart Reid (Osprey)
The Scottish Jacobite Army, by Stuart Reid (Osprey)
Culloden Moor 1746, by Stuart Reid (Osprey)
The History of Scotland, by Nigel Tranter
Scotland: An Autobiography, by Rose Mary Goring
Scotland, The Story of a Nation, by Magnus Magnussonn
The Scottish Empire, by Michael Fry
Scottish Battlefields, by Chris Brown
How the Scots Invented the Modern World, by Arthur Herman
The Steel Bonnets, by George MacDonald Fraser
The Intelligent Traveller’s Guide to Historic Scotland, by Philip A. Crowl
Image Credits: Edinburgh Castle (Derek Harper); John Knox House (Richard Law); St. Giles Cathedral (Rich Barrett-Small); Greyfriars Kirkyard (Carlos Delgado); Bannockburn (Kim Traynor); Church of the Holy Rude (Carlos Delgado); Wallace Monument (Liam Lieberman); Stirling Bridge (William Craig); Stirling Castle (John McPake); Calton Hill (Ad Meskens); Linlithgow Palace (Sir Gawain); St. Andrews Castle (Nab82ba); Caerlaverock Castle (Gernot Keller); Sweetheart Abbey (Andrew Curtis); Isle of Iona (Liam Lieberman); William Wallace Statue (Axis12002); Threave Castle (Sarah Charlesworth); Old Cemetery (Carlos Delgado); Hadrian’s Wall (Steven Fruitsmaak); Necropolis Cemetery (John McCreadie); Glasgow Cathedral (wfmillar); Fenwick Parish (wfmillar); Celtic Cross (Chris Eilbeck); Bothwell Castle (Bert Kaufmann); New Lanark (mrpbps); Scone Palace (k4dordy); St. Andrews (Oliverkeenan); St. Andrews Castle (Ian Cleland); St. Andrews Cathedral (Andy Hawkins); PH Martyr Site (Remi Mathis); Scotland Highlands (Florian Fuchs); Culloden (Mike Peel); Inverness (Ness Footbridge) (Hartmut Josi Bennöhr); Urquhart Castle (Liam Lieberman); Loch Ness (Ad Meskens); Fort William (Library of Congress); Glen Coe (Lómelinde); Oban (Emil Goldberg); Kilmartin (Postdlf); Dunnad (Dunnad Fort) (Otter); Duart (Duart Castle) (Philippe Giabbanelli); Iona (Abbey) (Akela NDE); Isle of Iona (Jan Smith); Edinburgh (Ad Meskens); Carnasserie Castle (Paul Farmer); Isle of Mull (Dirk Elsthout); Threave Castle (Liam Lieberman); Inveraray Castle (Liam Lieberman); St. Andrews (Liam Lieberman); Kilmartin Kirk (Anne Burgess); Standing Stones (Marta Gutowska); Oban (Dorcas Sinclair); Iona Ferry (Ken Crosby)