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National Trust for Scotland
(Charity Number SC 024399 )

The Glasgow Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland usually organises 5 day excursions and a long weekend trip during the sring and summer. The proposed trips for 2018 are outlined below.

Excursions April to September 2018

1. Lomond Shores and Ross Priory

Wednesday 25 April 2018, Depart 10.30 am, Return 4.00 pm (Approx)
Cost £35
(includes lunch.)

We hope that this will be an enjoyable Spring visit to Loch Lomondside.

Our first stop will be at Lomond Shores, Balloch, where you will have free time to shop, walk, admire the views, and of course have coffee (not included).

We will then drive the short distance to Ross Priory, near Gartocharn, where we will have a two course lunch with tea/coffee. (Wine is not included but can be purchased from the bar.)
Ross Priory was the ancient seat of the Buchanans of Ross. The present building, dating from the 18th century, was re-modelled (1810-16) by James Gillespie Graham in Gothic style. It was purchased by the university of Strathclyde in 1971 as a club for academics. We hope that the weather will allow us to enjoy the gardens, which extend down to the lochside.
N.B. Please make sure you are warmly clad for this early excursion, with adequate footwear, as it may be damp underfoot.

2. Bo'Ness and Kinneil Railway and Rosslyn Chapel

Tuesday 22 May 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £40
(includes a light lunch).

A day with two contrasting visits. In the morning the coach will take us to Bo'Ness Station for a scenic 10 mile return trip by steam train to Manuel travelling along the Forth Estuary and over the Avon Viaduct. The overall journey time is one hour. Before the train departure there will be an opportunity to obtain coffee or other refreshments at the station cafe.

After we return to Bo'Ness Station the coach will take us directly to Roslin for a light lunch prior to our visit to Rosslyn Chapel nearby. The Chapel is renowned for the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework. We will visit the Chapel as a group. After an introductory talk there will be free time before we return to Glasgow.

There is a Visitor Centre (incorporating a coffee shop) which tells the Chapel history from its 15th century origin, through the Reformation, and up to recent times.

3. Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere

Wednesday 20 June 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £30,
(includes lunch).

We return to Cumbria to re-visit Blackwell after many years.
It was built in 1900 by the Arts and Crafts architect M. H. Bailie Scott for a wealthy brewery family as a Lake District holiday home in a beautiful location. Later it was occupied by a girls' school for over 30 years. It is now owned by a Trust, who have restored many of the attractive design features, and have mounted displays relating to the Arts and Crafts era.

We will stop for coffee at Moffat, and then proceed to Blackwell, which we hope to reach by 1 pm. A light lunch is included but we have to divide into two groups for this. Arrangements will be made on the day, but if you have a definite preference for the first group, please let the tour leader know when you board the coach. We expect to leave Blackwell about 4 pm with a motorway stop en route to Glasgow.

4. Melrose and Monteviot House

Thursday 19 July 2018, Depart 9.00 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £38
(includes lunch).

Today we go to the Borders, to visit the home of the Marquess of Lothian, which is only rarely open to the public.

In the morning we will drive directly to Melrose. We have not arranged any programme here, but there are a number of cafes where you could buy refreshments. You could visit Melrose Abbey (Historic Environment Scotland ) or the two NTS gardens, Priorwood and Harmony. Please assemble at 12.45 pm for a soup and sandwich lunch (included) at the 18th century Burt's Hotel, on Market Square.

After lunch we shall continue to Monteviot which can be described as a rambling house, developed in the 1960's from older buildings owned by the Kerr family, by the architect W. Schomberg Scott (who also worked for NTS on the Georgian House). We emphasise that this is a family house, with relatively small rooms, amd we will have to divide into three groups for the tour. There are also extensive terraced gardens going down to the River Teviot.

After leaving Monteviot, we will make a stop at Dobbie's, near edinburgh.

5. Berwick-uopn-Tweed

Thursday 16 August 2018, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £30
(includes lunch).

We will have a brief stop at Dobbie's near Edinburgh, before driving to Berwick.

Our stop for an early lunch will be the Castle Hotel (also the favourite stop of the painter L.S. Lowry on his many painting holidays in Berwick). We will then take the coach into the town centre, where we have aranged two visits.

The first is to the Parish Church, Holy Trinity, one of the very few churches built at the time of Cromwell. There is no formal tour, but we will be welcomed and given leaflets showing the main points of interest.

Nearby are the Barracks of 1719, in which buildings are 3 museums - two are military subjects, and the third is Berwick Museum and Art Gallery. Less well known than the Burrell Collection in Glasgow is the donation by Sir William Burrell (resident at nearby Hutton Castle ) of many paintings and other objects to Berwick Gallery. (Entry to the Barracks and its museums is included. If you are a member of English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, or the art Fund, please consider lending us your card on the day, since we may be able to claim reductions in the charge which will help our funds.)

You will be free to spend as much or as little time as you wish in the museums, and also to see the other parts of the town. including the unique Elizabethan ramparts and the Town Hall of 1760, with its landmark spire, (often figuring in Lawry's pictures). Berwick also has many independent shops.

Please return to he coach at 4 pm. We will stop at Dunbar Garden Centre before returning to Glasgow.

Five Day Touring Holiday based in Chester

Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th September 2018
Cost £390
(sharing a double or twin room) or £420 for a single room.

Accommodation for four nights (dinner, bed and breakfast) will be at the Holiday Inn, Chester South.

We hope to spend two days in Liverpool, visiting the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals, The Albert Docks, the Walker Art Gallery and also to make a special visit to the exhibition "China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors", which will be on show at the World Museum, Liverpool. We also intend to visit Port Sunlight, Chester Cathedral and Town Centre with walls, and Lyme Park (NT).
On Friday we will stop for lunch at Askham, near Penrith, and on the return journey at the Art Deco Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

We have obtained a large number of single rooms but demand for these is always high and can exceed our allocation

National Trust for Scotland Glasgow Members' Centre is a registered Scottish charity number SC024399.