First Summer Excursion | Weekend Trip | Perthshire | Saturday, 9th May – Sunday, 10th May 2015

David Strachan, Regional Archaeologist for Perth & Kinross, will be our guide during the weekend trip in May, when we shall visit a number of Pictish sites in the area. 

The itinerary will include visits to Dunning, Abernethy, Scone, Lair (Glenshee) and Meigle. We shall be spending Saturday night at the Hilton Hotel, Dunkeld, where we shall have dinner, bed & breakfast.

The cost of the weekend, which includes the entrance fee to Scone Palace and transport throughout the trip, will be £110 per person.

There are a few places still available. Members who are interested and would like more information please get in touch with the Excursions Convenor as soon as possible.

Second Summer Excursion – Dumfriesshire – Saturday, 12th September 2015

Our coach will leave from outside the Boyd Orr Building at 8.30 am. The first stop in our day will be Strathclyde Park, where Jim Walker, former GAS president, will discuss Bothwellhaugh Roman Bathhouse. The external bathhouse of Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort was discovered during the creation of Strathclyde Park. The site was completely excavated by Professor Lawrence Keppie of the Hunterian Museum, along with a team of volunteers in 1975-76.

We shall then make 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.

After 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 3 acres and is located close to Drumlanrig. After learning more about Ladyward Roman Fort our coach will begin its return journey. We should arrive back at University Avenue between 7pm and 7.30pm.

Ticket prices include coach journey and tours of both Museum of Mining and Drumlanrig Castle.

Note – Members should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for entering the mine.


Inside the lead mine at Wanlockhead by Ann Gormlie