Leuchars on a relaxing small
group vacation of my homeland
I look forward to showing you my historic
Scotland, as only a native Scot can. "
Leuchars is renowned for its long association with
the Royal Air Force base and also the Church of St. Athernase which
dates back to the late 12th century. The Church is one of the finest
examples of Norman architecture in Britain and proudly stands on
a grassy knoll overlooking the village.
Originally the Leuchars area was a vast marshland
at the mouth of the River Eden. Both the Church and Leuchars Castle
- which was demolished in the 1970's - occupied the higher ground
and secured a vantage point over the surrounding area. Extensive
land reclamation about 1800 allowed Leuchars village to expand and
the coming of the railway along with the formation of the RAF base
helped to establish a prosperous community. Although the Royal Engineers
had been experimenting with air balloons in 1911 it was not until
1917 that the Royal Navy Fleet Training School built an airfield
at Leuchars. By 1920 the RAF base had been established as part of
Britain's defence system. The RAF hold their Battle of Britain air
display every September at Leuchars.
North of Leuchars lies Tentsmuir - a wooded area
where the primitive people of the Stone Age and Bronze Age were
known to eke out an existence. The woods are now cared for by the
Forestry Commission but access, complete with visitor facilities
is available at Kinshaldy Beach.
Junction is the closest railroad station to the famed city of St.
Andrews. There is a local Bus service, and taxi-cabs, to St. Andrews
which is 4 miles to the south-east of Leuchars. There are trains
from Leuchars to Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Connections can be made
from Edinburgh onwards to London. There are also trains from Leuchars
to Cupar, Ladybank, Markinch, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing, Arbroath,
Carnoustie, Dundee, etc;
Traveler to Scotland we also offer help with Airfares, Hotel
Packages, and Rail Travel.
The Herd Behind With A Small Group Tour of Scotland
group tours of Scotland, which often include my native Fife,
are paced for discovery and understanding, not just notching sites.
Each small group is limited to an absolute maximum of 18 people,
with a typical small group being just 6 or 8 people. I prefer to
guide these small groups through Scotland in a relaxing manner,
staying at two or three base locations from which we can visit places
of interest - and not have to move luggage every day.
Scotland guests tend to be travelers rather than tourists, enjoying
seeing behind the tourist facade, while visiting with " locals "
and seeing sites not normally seen by the regular tourist. Many
group members visit Scotland to trace their Scottish ancestry; others
to golf or fish; most come to simply enjoy the beautiful scenery,
historic buildings and gardens, and most of all, to meet and enjoy
the people of Scotland. My Tours of Scotland can be best described
as being " couthy. " It's a Scottish word meaning " gentle."
goes into an unforgettable Tour of Scotland ? Lots of great scenery,
for sure. Perhaps also a smidgen of something you can't quite put
your finger on, but nevertheless creates a lasting impression. Maybe
a piper playing in the pub; perhaps a conversation with a local;
a shepherd working his dogs; fishermen landing their catch. All
my previous group members have their own lists of defining moments.
I wonder what yours will be ?
time from April through October is a really good time to Tour Scotland.
Spring and early summer are my particular favorites. Forests, fields
and glens offer a wonderful array of colors during that time of
year, while the long Northern days of sunshine let you get out and
enjoy it. There is also no shortage of things to do as all the best
attractions are already open, and are far more relaxed away from
the mid-summer crowds, whilst in the cities the Arts season is in
full swing. But whenever you
visit, you're always guaranteed a warm welcome in my Scotland. June
through August is the best time to attend Highland Games on a Tour
a built by a couple of Tour Scotland members from last year. I think
you will find the site interesting and informative.
Journey Through Scotland. For my latest
Tours of Scotland photos click: May
2003 or Loch
Scotland group members will have the opportunity to shop, play golf,
visit local pubs and simply go for walks and enjoy local sights
and sounds. Let me know your reasons for wishing to Tour Scotland,
and see if I can best fit your needs. If you would like to visit
independently, or as part of a small group tour, or on another Tour
of Scotland, please e-mail me:
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