Latest COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS Update at 1 August 2020

With the recent easing of COVID19 related restrictions GCT is planning, starting in September, to run some of the excursions that had been planned for 2020 but put on hold due to the pandemic.

The COVID19 situation can change suddenly and unpredictably, so all excursions are arranged with the explicit proviso that they are subject to the Scottish Government guidance in force at the time of the excursion.


GCT organises excursions to places of interest throughout the year, though most are in the summer months.

We welcome suggestions for excursions destinations.

For more information about advertised excursions, suggestions and bookings please call 01644 420374 or email

See below for our list of recent and upcoming excursions.

Please note:

Seats must be booked in advance online at (click on the 'Upcoming Shows BUY TICKETS' button)

OR by phone 01644 332473.

Admission prices are correct at the time of publication.

In addition to the pickup points/ times listed further pickups can be arranged if they are on the route. Please phone to enquire.



September 5, Saturday                        

Gardens of Excellence

The Tranquil Gardens, Cumbria

Acorn Bank House & Garden, Temple Sowerby

Potter around gardens enclosed by 17th century walls, this garden feels very intimate and is renowned for its medicinal herbs and fruit orchards. Explore the working watermill and discover the house and the industrial history of the wildlife grounds.

Plants for sale.

Refreshments available.

Partially wheelchair accessible. 

Admission to garden £9.30 (NTS members free)


Larch Cottage Nursery, Melkinthorpe

This well known garden nursery is respected for its commitment to horticultural excellence and always has something special to offer the dedicated gardener. Plants are displayed in outdoor rooms which provide ideas for planting schemes.

Plants for sale.

Refreshments available.

Partially wheelchair accessible. 


Dalry (Underhill Bus Stop) 0900

New Galloway (CatStrand) 0910 

Kirkcudbright (Harbour Square Bus Stop) 0935 

Castle Douglas (Market Hill Car Park) 0955 

Dalbeattie (Craignair St Bus Stop) 1015 

Dumfries (Wickes Car Park) 1030

Fare: £9.00


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October 3, Saturday                               

Gardens of Excellence

The Autumn Garden, Dumfries & Galloway

Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan

Walled garden filled with autumn colour, whilst trees and shrubs from the southern hemisphere display their vibrant textures and hues in the formal woodlands. An exotic paradise. Café and garden centre. Wheelchair accessible. Will include scenic drive to Portpatrick where afternoon refreshments will be available.

Admission £6.30. Members free.


Dalry (Underhill Bus Stop) 0900

New Galloway (CatStrand) 0910

Castle Douglas (Market Hill Car Park) 0935

Kirkcudbright (Harbour Square Bus Stop) 0950

Gatehouse (Spar Shop Bus Stop) 1005


Fare: £7.00


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October 24, Saturday                               

Creative Crafts Show

including Crafts for Christmas

SECC, Glasgow

Discover all the ideas, inspiration and supplies you could ever dream of! Knitters, stitchers, hobbyists and crafters will be in their element with endless supplies, innovations, new product launches, demonstrations and workshops designed to encourage and inspire your creativity – there’s no better place to stock up and revel in creative craft inspiration!


0800 Kirkcudbright (Harbour Square Bus Stop)

0825 Castle Douglas (British Legion, Market Hill)

0900 New Galloway (CatStrand)

0910 Dalry (Underhill)

0925 Carsphairn (Shop)

Fare: £9.00


Admission to the event: see event website (

Tickets must be booked online. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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