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The Glasgow Members' Centre of the National Trust for Scotland usually organises 5 day excursions and a long weekend trip during the spring and summer. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 restrictions the 6 day trips, and weekend to Aberdeen, that had been arranged for 2020 had to be cancelled. The programme we had intended to run is detailed below as an indication of a typical summer.

Excursions April to October 2020

1. Windyhill, Kilmalcolm

Tuesday 28 April 2020, Depart 11.00 am, Return 5.00 pm (Approx)
Cost £35
(includes lunch.)

This is a rare opportunity to visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's other domestic villa, Windyhill, in Kilmalcolm.
Slightly smaller and built before Hill House, Helensburgh, Windyhill has been beautifully restored by its current owner who will be on hand to welcome us to his home with a glass of wine. The garden will also be at its best in early Spring, so there will be lots to see and enjoy.

We will drive from Glasgow to Paisley along Paisley Road West and Glasgow Road to see and learn how Paisley retained its character and importance while being close to Glasgow.

Lunch will be two course (Italian style) with tea/coffee (included) at The Pendulum Restaurant opposite Paisley Abbey, before we travel the short distance to Kilmalcolm.
We will leave Windyhill around 4.00pm to drive back to Glasgow.

2. The Hill House and Geilston Gardens

Wednesday 20 May 2020, Depart 10.30 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £35
(includes morning coffee and lunch).

Please note that these are both NTS properties and you should have your card to hand

Most members will already have visited the Hill House, Helensburgh, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for the Blackie family, but this is an opportunity to re-visit after construction of the "Box" - controversial in some quarters.

We will drive direct to the property where we will have tea/coffee on arrival. The Box, made of chain mail, is designed to help dry out the walls, and entirely covers the house. There are steps which enable the visitor to see the upper stories and roof - quite a novel and exciting experience! The steps are sturdy with hand rails, but of course you will decide for yourself how far you wish to go in this area. In the house itself, a number of rooms, which you may not have seen before, are now open to visitors. If the weather is good, you may wish to spend time in the garden, which should be delightful in May. A light lunch at Hill House in included.

On the return journey to Glasgow we will stop at Geilston Gardens, near Cardross, where the length of our visit will depend on the weather. Please take particuar care as the garden is on different levels. There is no access to Geilston House.

3. Bowhill, near Selkirk

Thursday 18 June 2020, Depart 9.00 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £38,
(includes lunch).

Our mid-summer outing is to Bowhill House, the Scottish Borders home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensferry, which was built in 1708 by John, Lord Bowhill and bought by the 2nd Duke of Buccleuch in 1747. The present building was finally completed in 1879 and reflects many changes undertken by the 4th and 5th Dukes.
Bowhill is one of Scotland's great historic houses. The Buccleuch Collection, which we will see on a private guided tour, contains paintings by world-renowned artists, 18th century French furniture, portrait miniatures dating from the 1520's and many historical relics.

We will stop at Moffat where there will be time to purchase tea/coffee, then continue to Bowhill on the A708, passing St Mary's Loch en route. On arrival there will be private guided tours for the group followed by a light lunch, which is included. There will be time afterwards to enjoy the gardens before we return to Glasgow.

4. Lennoxlove near Haddington

Thursday 9 July 2020, Depart 10.00 am, Return 5.00 pm (approx)
Cost £38
(includes lunch).

Please note that numbers are restricted for this excursion, so you are advised to book early.

Today we will be travelling to East Lothian to visit Lennoxlove, an ancient house, now belonging to the Duke of Hamilton. It has passed through many ownerships, notably the Maitlands, Earls of Lauderdale, and has been much altered over the centuries, most recently by Robert Lorimer in the early 20th century.

Our first stop will be for lunch at the Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington. Those who book this excursion will be sent a lunch menu - you are asked to indicate your choice for main course and desert and return it to Miss Currie as soon as convenient.

After lunch, we will travel the short distance to Lennoxlove, where we will have tours explaining the history and architcture of this interesting house. After the tours we will return direct to Glasgow.

5. Dunfermline and Culross

Wednesday 19 August 2020, Depart 9.30 am, Return 6.00 pm (approx)
Cost £30
(includes lunch).

We hope this will be an enjoyable visit to West Fife. On our previous visit to Culross it rained heavily all day so we can only hope for better weather this time!

Our first stop will be at the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries. This was the first of about 2,500 libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie, who was, of course, born in Dunfermline, but went on to make a fortune in America. The original building has an attractive modern addition, housing a museum and galleries, and is set in Dunfermline's "Heritage Quarter". There is no formal programme for this morning, but there are various places you can visit, including the Museum, Dunfermline Abbey (adjacent) or the Carnegie Birth-place Museum (a short walk away but involving a hill). You could have morning coffee in the Museum building or one of the numerous cafes in the streets around. Lunch (soup and sandwiches) has been arrnged in the Carnegie Library Building, so please make sure you are back for 12.30pm.

The coach will return before 2 pm to take us to Culross. This very picturesque little town probably needs no introduction. A important place in the Middle Ages, by 1909 it was described as being "in romantic decay, if not actual dereliction". In 1932 the newly formed NTS aquired the Palace, then under threat of demolition, and gradually restored it, together with about 30 "little houses". Please remember you need to show your NTS card to visit the Palace and reconstructed historic garden. The time of our return to Glasgow will be given on the day.

6. Hamilton and Bothwell

Tuesday 6th October 2020, Depart 9.30 am, Return 4.30 pm (Approx)
Cost £38 (includes morning tea/coffee and lunch)

This is an opportunity to visit properties very close by, but seldom visited by Glasgow people!

Our first stop will be Chatelherault, the remarkable hunting lodge designed by William Adam in 1731 for the 5th Duke of Hamilton. It is a very long building which had, at one end, kennels and bothies, and, at the other end, the ducal apartments. It fell into decay, but was restored and opened to the public in the late 20th century. We will have tea/coffee on arrival, and then a guided tour of the lodge. On a good day there are magnificent views all round.

Our next visit will be to Hamilton Old Parish Church, also by William Adam (his only church design), and completed in 1734. We will have a guided tour pointing out the many interesting features of this historic church.

Lunch (included) will be at the Avonbridge Hotel, where the menu is expected to be steak pie (with a vegetrian option), followed by Etonmess, tea and coffee.

On the return journey to Glasgow, we will stop at Bothwell Castle (a property of Historic Environment Scotland), said to be Scotland's largest and finest 13th century castle. We will not have a guided tour, but there is plenty of information available to help you understand the building.

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