On Saturday, September 1st, 2018, Glasgow Archaeological Society will be holding our second summer excursion. This time we will be visiting the beautiful town of Kirkcudbright and Dundrennan Abbey.

Our coach will leave outside the main gates of Glasgow University at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the city at approximately 8:00 p.m.


After a short stop en route, we should arrive in the small and picturesque ‘Artists’ Town’ of Kirkcudbright in the late morning. There we shall be met by our very knowledgeable and experienced guide, George Wishart, who will escort us on a guided tour of the town with its castle, Tolbooth, Stewarty Museum and harbour. Time will be available during the day to explore these further together with its art galleries and shops.

There are numerous cafes and restaurants and also places to sit and eat your own packed lunch. Afterwards, members will visit, as a group, Broughton House and gardens.

Broughton House, in the centre of Kirkcudbright, is an 18th century house, home of the Scots Impressionist artist and renowned ‘Glasgow Boy’, E.J. Hornel. The artist bought the property in 1901 and lived there until his death in 1933.

Under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, it has been refurbished to create a living museum dedicated to Hornel’s life and work. Many of his works hang in the house alongside those of his contemporaries.

Having spent a year in Japan, Hornel developed a love of oriental flora and created a beautiful and peaceful Japanese inspired garden, which overlooks the River Dee.

The National Trust are allowing non NT members of our group entry to Broughton House at a greatly reduced price and guides will be on hand to ensure that we enjoy our visit to this fascinating house.

Later in the afternoon our coach will make its way to Dundrennan Abbey, which is under the guardianship of Historic Scotland.

Although the Abbey we see today is in a ruinous state, it was a most accomplished piece of medieval workmanship, and is the best preserved 12th century Cistercian architecture in Scotland. Dundrennan Abbey was established in 1142 by Fergus of Galloway, King David 1 of Scotland and the monks of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. It was described by Abbot Aelred as ‘everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvelous freedom from the tumult of the world.’ It was here, 450 years ago, that Mary Queen of Scots, after the Battle of Langside, spent her last night on Scottish soil before crossing the Solway to England and imprisonment.

After our visit to the Abbey we shall head back North, arriving in Glasgow at approximately 8:00 p.m.


Join Us!

This trip is open to all members of Glasgow Archaeological Society and the cost per person is structured as follows:

  • Member of both Historic Scotland and the National Trust – £21.00
  • Member of the N.T. only (Adult ) – £25.50
  • Member of the N.T. only (Concession – over 60) – £24.50
  • Member of H. S. only (Adult/Concession) – £25.50
  • Member without H.S. or N.T. Membership (Adult) – £30.00
  • Member without H.S. or N.T. Membership (Concession – over 60) – £29.00

If you would like to request an order form, or ask for more information, please contact our Excursions Convenor. Payment must be received no later than Saturday, August 4th, 2018.

If you are not yet a member of Glasgow Archaeological Society and would like to join, please see our Membership page for more information.


Photo Credit: Kirkcudbright Tolbooth by Annie Gormlie