Strathclyde Park | Lead Mining Museum, Wanlockhead | Drumlanrig Castle | Saturday, September 12th, 2015 | £32 (£30 concession)

For Glasgow Archaeological Society's second summer excursion we will be visiting three different sites on Saturday, 12 September 2015.

Our itinerary begins with a visit to Strathclyde Park, where former GAS president Jim Walker will discuss Bothwellhaugh Roman Bath House, which was first discovered near Bothwellaugh Roman Fort during the creation of Strathclyde Park in the 1970s. It was excavated by Professor Lawrence Keppie of the Hunterian Museum with a team of volunteers in 1975-6. The fort itself was built around 142CE as part of the western side of the Antonine Wall, and along with the remains of the fort and bath house, a medieval copy of the original Roman bridge can also still be seen over the South Calder Water nearby. 

Following Strathclyde Park we will be making our way to the Lead Mining Museum, set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. We shall have the opportunity to venture down a disused 18th lead mine; visit three miners’ cottages, demonstrating the living conditions through the 18th to early 20th centuries; look around the second oldest Subscription Library in Europe and enjoy the interesting exhibits in the Visitor Centre.

Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens by Allan GournayAfter lunch (own arrangements) our coach will make its way to Drumlanrig Castle, which is one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. During our tour of the castle we shall be able to appreciate some of the jewels of the internationally recognised Buccleuch Collection. There will be an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea and take a stroll around the gardens before we leave.

Aerial photographs taken during the hot summer of 1984 revealed some spectacular cropmarks that suggested a previously unknown Roman fort. The fort covers just over three acres and is located close to Drumlanrig. After learning more about Ladyward Roman Fort our coach will begin its return journey.

Our coach will leave from outside the Boyd Orr Building at Glasgow University at 8.30 am, and we should arrive back at University Avenue between 7pm and 7.30pm on September 12th, 2015. The cost of the excursion is £32 each (£30 concession), and the price includes the coach journey and tours of both Museum of Mining and Drumlanrig Castle. If you are interested in joining us or wish to know more, please email us via the contact page.

NoteMembers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for entering the mine.


Image: Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens by Allan Gourlay