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Summer Excursion – Postponed to 2022

16th September 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 18th September 2022 @ 5:00 pm



During these unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic we are following official government updates and note that social distancing measures will be in place for some time.
As a result the Summer Excursion did not take place in September 2020 as planned, and will be rescheduled for September next year, 2022.
It will be an opportunity to see, explore, and learn more about Bute’s fascinating heritage.
We will be joined by archaeologist and guide Mr Paul Duffy FSAScot. The trip will include visits to several outdoor locations as well as a visit to Rothesay Castle and Bute Museum. We will stay at the Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay which has fabulous views overlooking Rothesay Bay and delightful terraced gardens. The hotel opened in 1843 and was the first hydropathic retreat in Scotland. It was completely rebuilt in 1892 and was most recently renovated in 2016.


Day 1
12.30pm Meet outside the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh, for the coach journey to Wemyss Bay
4pm Ferry departs for Bute from Wemyss Bay
5pm Check-in at the Glenburn Hotel, free time until dinner
7pm Dinner in the hotel and introductory lecture

Day 2
9am Leave the hotel to visit Scalpsie Barrow and Viewing Platform, St Blanes Chapel and Kingarth Monastery site, Cnoc an Rath, and St Mary’s Chapel
5.30pm Arrive back at the hotel, free time until dinner
7-9pm Dinner in the hotel, followed by a quiz

Day 3
9am Check out and leave the hotel
9.30am Rothesay Castle and Bute Museum, with some free time before departing from Rothesay on the 2pm ferry
2.45pm Travel by coach back to Edinburgh

£260 per person sharing, or £400 single occupancy of a twin or double room.

Tickets include: Dinner, bed & breakfast at the Glenburn Hotel, two packed lunches, return coach transport and ferry, talks, guided tours and heritage site entrance fees.

How to book a place: There are a maximum of 30 places available, and there are limited numbers of each room type so book early to avoid disappointment. Complete the form found here, scan it and return it to the Society office by e-mail (info@socantscot.org).

In the meantime our Fellow Dr Alex Hale suggested reading the most recent, all-island archaeological survey, undertaken by Historic Environment Scotland during the 2009-12 Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme and the survey teams worked with people from Bute and surrounding areas. They provided complementary skills and knowledge and the results are an up to date, co-produced all-island historic environment record.  The book was written by George Geddes FSAScot and Alex Hale FSAScot and can be read at: The Archaeological Landscape of Bute


16th September 2022 @ 12:30 pm
18th September 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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