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Coach Outings Programme

For the summer and autumn 2017 six day tours have been arranged starting in April and continuing to October. In addition a five day touring holiday based in Coventry will take place in September. These trips are not normally open to non-members but friends of members may accompany them when space was available on payment of a supplement to the normal members' charge (£2 for day trips and £10 for the weekend).

1. Paisley Abbey and Holmwood

Thursday 27 April 2017, Depart 10.00 am, Return 4.30 pm (Approx)
Cost £30
(includes morning coffee, light lunch and coffee / tea in the afternoon.)
N.B. The coach will leave as normal form North Hanover Street, but if it is more convenient to go directly to Paisley Abbey, please join the group at 10.30am in the North Transept.
Please also indicate this on the booking form

In the morning we visit Paisley Abbey, one of the most historic ecclesiastical buildings in Scotland. it was founded in the 12th century when Walter Fitzalan was created High Steward of Scotland, a position that became hereditary, and from whom our present sovereign is descended. Following coffee on arrival, there will be a guided tour. Afterwards a light lunch will be provided in the adjacent Place of Paisley, which at one time was part of the monastic buildings.

In the afternoon the coach will take us to Cathcart, to visit Holmwood (NTS) designed by Alexander "Greek" Thomson. The villa was built in 1857/58 for a local mill owner. Later is was used as a school before being acquired by NTS. The coach will return to North Hanover street. (Please ensure that you are warmly clad for this excursion - the weather may still be wintry, and we understand that it can be very cold inside Paisley Abbey!).

2. Strachur House and Benmore Gardens

Wednesday 24 May 2017, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.00 pm (approx)
Cost £50
(includes morning coffee and lunch).

This will be a round trip to Argyll with the opportunity to visit a home not generally open to the public. We will drive along Loch Lomondside ( with a very short stop ) and onto the Cowal Peninsula, to visit Strachur House, home of Sir Charles Maclean Bt., the son of Fitzroy Maclean, who bought this provincially classical house of the shores of Loch Fyne, after World War II. We will have coffee or tea on arrival, and a tour of the house, before going on to the nearby Creggans Inn for a light lunch.

After lunch we continue to Benmore, an outstation of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, specialising in rhododendrons, many of which should be in flower when we visit. We will not have time to see the full extent of the garden, but hope you will get a "taster". There is also a small shop and a cafe where you could have tea (not included).

On departure (the time will depend very much on the weather) the coach will take us the short distance to Hunters Quay for the ferry, via Gourock and back to Glasgow.

3. Mellerstain House, Gordon, Berwickshire

Thursday 22 June 2017, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.00 pm (approx)
Cost £40,
(includes lunch).

Today we will visit another beautiful house in the Borders. Mellerstain is the home of the Earl and Countess of Haddington.

It is a unique combination of Adam styles, the two wings being built by William Adam in 1725, and the main building being completed between 1770 and 1778 by his son Robert Adam. The interiors are outstanding and are complimented by fine furnishings and works of art.

The house stands in acres of parkland, and there are delightful gardens, dating from 1910.

Lunch (included) will be served in the Mellerstain tearoom, and we will stop at Dobbie's near Edinburgh, where you can buy refreshments, both on the outward and return journeys.

4. Levens Hall and Gardens near Kendal, Cumbria

Thursday 27 July 2017, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £40
(includes lunch).

We return to a house in Cumbria, which we last visited about 8 years ago.Br /> We will stop at Moffat for coffee (not included) and then continue south. Our lunch stop will be the Strickland Arms (which many members enjoyed on our visit last year).

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion which is home to the Bagot family. The hall contains oak panelling, period furniture and Spanish leather wall coverings, entry is free-flow. The topiary garden, dating fro 1694, is said to be the oldest in the world. There is a gift shop, plant centre and small tearoom, but we will also make a stop at Tebay on the way home.

5. Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright

Saturday 19 August 2017, Depart 9.00 am, Return 6.30 pm (approx)
Cost £25
(includes morning coffee and lunch).

This will our first visit to this area of Galloway for about 10 years.

Our first stop will be for morning coffee / tea (included) at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock, and we will then continue to Castle Douglas. This town is well known for its many independent shops, and we hope that you will have some time to browse.

A light lunch (included) has been booked at the Kings Arms Hotel. In the afternoon we will drive the short distance to Kirkcudbright, for a visit to Broughton House, home of the "Glasgow Boy" E.A. Hornel. The house, studio and garden (partly Japanese influenced) are now in the care of the NTS. As the property is relatively small, we will need to visit in two groups, but there are many other points of interest in the town. You may wish to have tea in one of the local cafes, as we will be returning to Glasgow via the motorway, with perhaps one brief stop.

6. Haddington and Gosford House

Thursday 12 October 2017, Depart 9.00 am, Return 6.30 pm (approx)
Cost £40
(includes lunch).

Today's excursion is to beautiful East Lothian with another opportunity to visit a privately owned house which is not usually open to the public.

Our first stop will be in Haddington, where you can get tea/coffee (not included) and visit the Laurdedale Aisle, within the historic St Mary's Church. we will then have a light lunch (included) at Craigielaw Golf Club.

After lunch we will visit Gosford House, Longniddry, a seat of the Earl of Wemyss and March. Built by Robert Adam around 1790 it was altered by the Glasgow architect William Young in the 1890s. A disastrous fire in 1940 damaged many of the rooms, but the sale of paintings fro the important family collection has allowed the rooms to be restored.

Five Day Touring Holiday based in Coventry

Friday 1st to Tuesday 5th September 2017
Cost £425
(sharing a double or twin room) or £495 for a single room.

Accommodation for four nights (dinner, bed and breakfast) will be at Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Coventry.

We hope to visit NT properties Baddesley Clinton, Packwood and Upton and also the Wedgwood Museum, Coventry Cathedral and Ragley Hall. The price includes entrance to properties not owned by the NT, most lunches, the driver's gratuity and insurance. Not included are additional refreshments, personal items and any unforeseen expenses.

We have obtained a large number of single rooms. As demand for these is always high and can exceed our allocation it is recommended that you book early if you want a single room. If you wish to bring a friend who is not a member of the Centre there will be a supplement of £10 payable by the non-member. Applications will be dealt with in order of receipt. These should be submitted by 31st March using the booking form accompanied by a deposit of £50 per person. The deposit will be non-refundable.