SCHOOL TOURS AND GROUP TOURS
We take the hassle out and put the history in!
|I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Ecosse Battlefield Tours for all their help in making our Western Front Battlefield Tour totally unforgettable for the band. I am so glad that the Royal British Legion Scotland recommended you. The support offered to the band during the visits to the various cemeteries and battlefields was so helpful. There are so many memories that we took away with us, of what I think is now being classed as the "best" trip the band have had. Lynne Fraser, Secretary, Ballater & District Pipe Band.|
Enjoy an exciting historical journey of discovery and remembrance.
Expert help is on hand to help plan every step of the way to make your tour a very special and memorable experience. Whether you are a school, a small club, a regimental association, or a large group don't hesitate to get in touch to ensure the very best of attention. Even if you are in the remotest part of Scotland, we aim to ensure that geography will not hinder you getting a tour underway. We have our own modern fleet of coaches and can do local pick-ups for groups.
Ecosse Battlefield Tours is a Scottish based company conducting school and group tours direct from Scotland to the battlefields of the Western Front.
We can also organise group and school tours to the D-Day beaches of Normandy and Arnhem in the Netherlands. Arnhem tours - DFDS ferry, Newcastle to Ijmuiden. We also do tours to Verdun, the Argonne and the St. Mihiel Salient.
On our battlefield tours you will travel by executive coach throughout, relaxing on the overnight P&O cruise ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge. Breakfast and evening meals are included on both outward and return journey on the ferry on all our tours. There is a great choice of bars and onboard entertainment and you arrive relaxed and refreshed for your onward battlefield journey.
THE SOMME AND FLANDERS
Ecosse Battlefield Tours will take you on an unforgettable journey into the fields of Flanders, to the picturesque rampart town of Ypres, the underground tunnels of Arras and to the beautiful, rolling landscapes of the Somme. With excellent accommodation and meaningful paced, flexible itineraries, you can be assured that we will do everything we can to make your battlefield tour a truly memorable one.
D-Day 6th June 1944 - Operation Overlord and 'Coast of Heroes'. Awesome and inspiring, the beautiful Normandy seascapes and landscapes are simply breathtaking. See the most poignant and interesting sites of the famous landings and the efforts to break out from the beach head. It is a feast for your eyes and senses - an emotional and educational experience for young and old alike.
Among all the battlefields of the Great War, the largest is world-famous - Verdun. The battle was so fierce that it became the mother of all the great battles in the 20th century. Some village and hilltops were just blown away forever. Fought over 300 days and 300 nights with no let up in fighting, there were more than 300,000 dead and missing, 400,000 wounded. To truly understand the profound horror of the Great War and understand the sacrifice of, a visit to Verdun is a must.
ARNHEM AND OPERATION MARKET GARDEN
In the autumn of 1944 a land and air offensive from the border with Belgium to the towns of Nijmegen and Arnhem via Eindhoven, was mounted by allied troops to recover territory from the German occupying forces and to seize the bridges across the river.
The Netherlands was expected to be liberated within a matter of a few months, after which the troops were planning to advance towards the Ruhr area and Berlin. However, not everything went to plan.
The advance along 'Hell's Highway', the road from Son to Grave was more difficult than the Allied had anticipated. Despite one of the largest airborne landings ever - near Arnhem, Groesbeek and Eindhoven - the German defence proved to be formidable. Although Nijmegen was liberated on September 20th, 1944, the town remained in the frontline.
On September 25th 1944, Operation Market Garden faltered during the devastating Battle for Arnhem, causing many casualties and leaving the town in ruins. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers lived in miserable circumstances for months, until the liberation on May 5th 1945.
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