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Covenanter Martyrs' memorial, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

The World of the Covenanters - full day private EV tour

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January — December

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Come with us to the lands and the tempestuous history of The Covenanters, Scotland's brave and zealous ancestors of today's Church of Scotland. On our luxury private tour we'll take you to some of the most important landmarks and relics of the times.

When the religious revolution that was the Reformation swept Scotland in the 1500’s, led by the fiery preacher John Knox, the bulk of the Scottish public switched to the new form of worship. However, conflict with the Stuart monarch Charles I led to the declaration of religious freedom called the National Covenant, signed first at Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh on a wave of religious zeal. Civil war followed across the whole of Great Britain and Ireland, and when the Stuart king Charles II was restored and again asserted Royal power over the church, rebellion and persecution followed quickly, with Presbyterian worship driven into the hills of southern Scotland, where charismatic preachers such as Alexander ‘Prophet’ Peden held worship to faithful bands, in extreme danger of arrest and even hanging or transportation. Skirmishes and even battles took place between the armies of Covenant and King, until relief came in the change of monarch in 1688.

Our full-day private tour takes in some of the most important Covenanter sites in Scotland. 

You and your party will be picked up at your accommodation or cruise vessel at 0800, first visiting the city’s famous Old Town, seeing St Giles' Cathedral precinct, burial site of John Knox himself, and the Grassmarket; site of the martyrdom of many Covenanters during their persecution. Then we’ll proceed to the National Museum of Scotland, where Peden’s preaching mask can be seen with other Covenanter relics. Next, Greyfriars Church (open seasonally), is the site of the signing of the Covenant, and the document’s home still. In the kirkyard you’ll see a Covenanter memorial, as well as the space where hundreds of Covenanters were imprisoned for months in disgraceful conditions after the battle of Bothwell Bridge. 

Leaving Edinburgh, we’ll first visit the battlefield of Rullion Green, in the Pentland Hills, where a Covenanter rising in 1666 ended in defeat. After lunch, we’ll continue into Lanarkshire, visiting the site of a Conventicle, or illegal worship service, at which ‘Prophet’ Peden preached. Finally we’ll return to Edinburgh and (availability permitting) a peaceful visit to a modern church designed as a tribute to the Covenanters, before parting at your choice of drop-off point.


Tour essentials

- Private hybrid electric vehicle tour for up to 4 guests (3 adults or family of 4) Larger vehicles for groups of up to 18 guests can be arranged.

-This tour can be guided in German by our Associate Guide - Amanda Aikman MA(Hons)

- Visiting key locations related to the National Covenant and the Covenanters.

- Full day tour 0800 – 1800

- Lunch not inclusive

- Warm and waterproof clothing required plus strong shoes or boots for walking to memorials.

- Free cancellation up to 24hrs before tour time

- Complimentary pickup and drop-off at your choice of location

- Commentary from local guide

- Children welcome but we cannot provide child safety seats

- Fully insured vehicle and driver/guide

Contact details

7 Hills Tours
56 Allan Park Crescent
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH14 1LQ
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Length
1
Day
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Private
Languages
English German
Themes
History Religious Pilgrimage

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Tour company information

7 Hills Tours

7 Hills Tours is a new and imaginative private tour and shore excursion company, run by local family physician and Edinburgh native Dr Moray Grigor. Touring in a luxury and eco-friendly hybrid vehicle, we open up Edinburgh and Scotland along a myriad of fascinating planes for the guest to see and enjoy. Plus, within Edinburgh, we also offer memorable Old Town walking tours. Vehicle tours include free pickup and dropoff at your choice of location. Our vehicle can accommodate up to three adults or a family of four; for larger groups of up to 18 guests, bigger vehicles can be arranged.

Opening times

Mon-Fri 0800-1700
Outside these hours as arranged for private tours.

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