Tours and Excursions

A choice of 3 full-day and 2 half-day excursions by coach is available on Wednesday 27 August. All excursions depart at 9.00am.

You can choose from the following:

Full-day excursions
– Paisley Abbey, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Ayrshire Coast (£45.00)
– Dumbarton Castle and Loch Lomond Cruise (£55.00)
– Stirling Castle, Menteith and Glengoyne Distillery (£50.00)

Half-day excursions
– Glasgow Cathedral and Govan (£25.00)
– Antonine Wall and Croy (£25.00)

Excursion 1: Paisley Abbey, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the Ayrshire Coast
(full-day, £45.00: lunch NOT included)

Paisley Abbey (by Bob the courier)

Paisley Abbey (by Bob the courier)

Our first stop is Paisley Abbey, a former Cluniac monastery founded in the twelfth century by the Stewarts (from 1371 to 1714 the royal family of Scotland), a building which reflects the high status of its patrons. From there we travel to Ayrshire to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum,Scotland’s national poet (1759-1796).

Robert Burns (image © Dumfries & Galloway Museums)

Robert Burns (image © Dumfries & Galloway Museums)

Then we have a leisurely drive southwards to Turnberry, and back up the coast via the famous Electric Brae, with fine views of over the Firth of Clyde to Arran.

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Excursion 2: Dumbarton Castle and Loch Lomond Cruise
(full-day, £55.00: lunch included)

Our first stop is Dumbarton Castle, one of the key strongholds of medieval Scotland, situated on its dramatic volcanic rock overlooking the inner Firth of Clyde. From there we travel to Tarbet, for a cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest inland loch, including lunch on board and a short walk to the Arklet Falls, a lovely Highland waterfall. Time to explore the shops and visitor attractions at Loch Lomond Shores is followed by a half-hour run back to Glasgow.

Dumbarton Castle and Rock (image by baaker2009)

Dumbarton rock (©baaker2009)

Loch Lomond at sunset

sunset at Loch Lomond (©Daria Izdebska)

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Excursion 3: Stirling Castle, Menteith and Glengoyne Distillery
(full-day, £50.00: lunch NOT included)

Our first stop is Stirling Castle, named as one of the Top 40 Amazing Experiences in Europe (new Lonely Planet e-Book). Magnificently situated on a volcanic rock, it commands extensive views of both the Highlands and the Lowlands, and has recently been restored in all its Renaissance royal splendour. From here we travel into the Trossachs, part of the province of Menteith, a picturesque southern area of the Scottish Highlands, where, stimulated by the works of Sir Walter Scott, Scotland’s ‘Tourist Trade’ first began in the early nineteenth century. We finish the day with a tour of Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, rounded off by a tasting of its produce.

Stirling Castle (Stirling Council)

Stirling Castle (© Stirling Council)

Glengoyne Distillery (©Dan Costin)

Glengoyne Distillery (©Dan Costin)

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Excursion 4: Glasgow Cathedral and Govan
(half-day, £25.00: morning)

At the heart of the great industrial city of Glasgow lies one of the best-preserved medieval cathedrals of Scotland, housing the shrine of Glasgow’s patron saint, Kentigern, known to his friends as Mungo. We will then cross the Clyde to Govan, latterly famous for its shipyards (mostly now gone), but also home to a remarkable collection of early medieval carved stones (more information can be found here). From there the coach will return to the hotel via the city centre.

interior of Glasgow Cathedral (©Fiona Conn)

interior of Glasgow Cathedral (©Fiona Conn)

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Excursion 5: Antonine Wall and Croy
(half-day, £25.00: morning)

This excursion allows you to experience a bit of Roman Scotland, as well as a fine walk in the Scottish countryside. We head eastwards in the coach for about 20 kilometres to near Croy, where we will walk one of the best-preserved stretches of the Antonine Wall, ‘Rome’s final frontier’, a turf wall constructed by the Romans in the mid-second century A.D. It will include a visit to the remains of a Roman bath-house, and fine views of central Scotland. Most of this excursion is on foot (about 3 kilometres). There is a unique collection of fine monumental sculpture and other artefacts recovered from the Antonine Wall housed in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, which you could visit in the afternoon.

remnants of a fort at the Antonine Wall (©Peter McCulloch)

remnants of a fort at the Antonine Wall (©Peter McCulloch)

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