Archaeology Scotland has been running a ‘Summer School’ since 1952 when it was established by what was then the Scottish group of the Council for British Archaeology. Each year we visit a different part of Scotland (and it has on occasion been south of the border).

The tour is led by experts in the field and aims to explore the local archaeology, history and heritage of a particular area. Combining informative field trip excursions and an evening lecture programme, it is also a fabulous way to socialise and share knowledge and experiences. The programme is distributed to our membership in the early Spring of each year.

The map to where we have been for the past 20 years: Summer school locations 1997-2016

The 2019 Summer School will be based at Thainstone House Hotel, by Inverurie. Registration will take place in the hotel during the latter part of the afternoon on Sunday 19th May and departure will be during the morning of Wednesday 22nd May. There will be two full days of guided field visits (Monday and Tuesday); participants will be transported between sites by coach.

The programme will commence on the Sunday evening with dinner at the Thainstone House Hotel and an after dinner lecture. The evening lecturers will include Alison Cameron (Cameron Archaeology) who will speak about the Mesolithic period on Deeside and Kirsty Dingwall (Headland Archaeology) who will talk about the sites discovered during the excavations in advance of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Road. Our field guides will include Alison Cameron and Stephen Carter (Consultant).

After breakfast on the morning of Wednesday 22nd May, there will be an optional guided visit to a local monument or site, the details of which are currently being finalised, but contenders are Keith Hall moat and Pictish symbol stone, and/or Kinkell church; a classic medieval Highland church, simple and rectangular, but the liturgical features installed in the 1520s are anything but plain.


Want to find out more? Email us at to receive the full programme and booking form! Be sure to act fast as spaces are limited.