Musselburgh, Tantallon Castle & Preston Mill | Saturday, June 4th, 2016 | 8.30am – 7.30pm
For the Society's first summer excursion of 2016, we will be making a number of stops in Musselburgh, North Berwick, Tantallon Castle, Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot.
The coach will leave from outside the Boyd Orr Building at 8.30am and after a short stop en-route we should arrive in Musselburgh by mid-morning. Gavin Wilson, one of our GAS members, will lead us on a guided ‘battlefield walk’ making us aware of the main events of the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, which was fought on the banks of the River Esk on 10th September, 1547. It was the last pitched battle to be fought between England and Scotland before the two kingdoms became united in 1603.
The coach will then proceed to North Berwick, where we’ll have a lunch break (own arrangements) before heading a few miles along the coast to Tantallon Castle. The castle is a semi-ruined mid-14th century fortress, which sits atop a promontory opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth. It was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. Tantallon served as a fortification for more than three centuries and endured three sieges.
Later in the afternoon we’ll head for our last visit of the day, Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot. The watermill is on the River Tyne at the eastern edge of East Linton. A stunningly picturesque mill – the present buildings date from the 18th century although there has been a mill on this site since the 16th century. The mill was used commercially until 1959 and our group will still be able to experience the working machinery on our guided tour. A short walk from the mill is the beehive-shaped Phantassie Doocot, with its French style horseshoe parapet, built in the 16th century to house 500 pigeons.
Our coach will then set out on the homeward journey, arriving back in Glasgow approximately 7.30pm.
Places on the coach are limited and priority will be given to Society Members although non-members can be accommodated subject to a modest supplementary charge. To make a booking or find out more, please contact our Excursions Convenor via the contact form.
Image of Phantassie Doocot by Patrick Down.