Each year, the society organises a small number of visits and tours of places of historical interest. These consist of day trips or longer tours to places further away. Travel is by coach, and food and accommodation is included.
Saturday 4th June 2016
Our June trip takes us to Glasgow. We begin with a visit to Bothwell Castle, situated on a bend in the River Clyde, just to the east of the city. It is considered Scotland’s finest and largest 13th Century castle and is an Historic Environment Scotland property. From there we move into the city, to the Riverside Museum, housed in a spectacular building designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Interactive displays and re-created streets tell the story of transport, and much else, in Scotland. Moored opposite the museum is The Tall Ship, “The Glenlee”, a three masted Barque which is one a very few Clyde built sailing ships still afloat where we will enjoy a guided tour.
You may lunch in the museum cafes or bring a picnic to eat outdoors. We return to Dunfermline via “The Stables” at Kirkintilloch where we will have dinner beside the Forth and Clyde canal.
A report of this trip, with photos, is available as “Westward Ho! A Trip to Glasgow“
Saturday 23 April 2016
This year’s Spring Outing is a day trip exploring several sites south of the Forth. We will start with a guided tour of Hopetoun House, with time to view the gardens and then enjoy a light lunch. Next we visit Kinneil Estate at Bo’ness where there is a range of fascinating sites to see. These include Kinneil House, with its painted rooms which date from Scotland’s early renaissance, of which we will be given a guided tour. There is also a cottage where James Watt worked on the development of the steam engine, the Kinneil museum, mediaeval church and village ruins, and a section of the Antonine Wall.
We then move on to the nearby Inchyra Grange Hotel for high tea, before returning to Dunfermline.
A report of this trip, with photos, is available as “A Tale of Two Houses“.