First Summer Excursion – Inverness Area – 2nd/3rd June

Since the proposed tour was announced at Society Meetings there has been a very positive response and at present all seats have been booked.

However, there is a waiting list to which members may add their names: please contact Margaret King.

New Abbey Corn MillSecond Summer Excursion – Saturday, 25th August

The coach will leave outside the Boyd Orr Building at 8.30am and head south towards Dumfries. Our first visit of the day will be to Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, which was established in 1977 with the goal of preserving our aviation heritage.

The next stop on our itinerary will be the picturesque village of New Abbey, where our group will have the opportunity to visit Sweetheart Abbey, founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband, and the New Abbey Corn Mill – both Historic Scotland sites. During our visit to the carefully restored water-powered corn mill we shall be given a demonstration and learn how flour was produced.

The coach will then travel on to Caerlaverock Castle, another Historic Scotland site, where we shall have lunch. A picnic area is available and there is also a café, which provides refreshments and delicious home baking! After lunch members will have time to explore the castle, an imposing edifice, which was a Maxwell stronghold during the medieval period. The visitor centre nearby with its video and displays informs visitors of the castle’s turbulent history.

Our last stop of the day will be Ruthwell Church, where the 7th century Anglo-Saxon Cross is on view.

The coach will then make its journey north again stopping briefly at the Johnstonbridge Services. We should arrive back at the University at approximately 7.30 pm.


Image of New Abbey Corn Mill by James Stringer