GCT EXCURSIONS

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 gct@catstrand.com

See below for our recent and upcoming excursions.

Please note:

Seats must be booked in advance online OR in person at CatStrand 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.

 

2022

 18 June 2022 Saturday                          

THE MACHARS GARDENS

We start our journey with a leisurely drive to Wigtownshire, followed by visits to two private gardens full of interest and colour. Lunch will be taken at the Isle of Whithorn.

Woodfall Garden, Glasserton, Wigtownshire

This lovely 3 acres 18th century walled garden demonstrates its origins to great success.

Meet the owners and discover its history.

Plants for sale. 

Admission £5

Plus one other garden in the Machars area of Wigtownshire - to be announced.

 

Pickups:

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

PURCHASE BUS TICKETS

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 23 July 2022 Saturday                          

THE LAKELAND GARDEN

Holehird Garden (The Lakeland Horticultural Society)

Leaving Dumfries & Galloway we travel to Pooley Bridge, then follow a leisurely scenic drive beside Lake Ulleswater and over Kirkstone Pass with a lunchtime stop in Bowness-on-Windermere.

This hillside 20 acre garden overlooks Lake Windermere and is maintained to a very high standard. Famous for its trial gardens, national collections and wide range of plants.

Plants for sale. 

Admission £5

Pickups:

Dalry (Underhill Bus Stop) 0830

New Galloway (CatStrand) 0840

Kirkcudbright (Harbour Square Bus Stop) 0905

Castle Douglas (Market Hill Car Park) 0925

Dalbeattie (Craignair St Bus Stop) 0945

Dumfries (Wickes Car Park) 1000

Fare £12

PURCHASE BUS TICKETS

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 24 August 2022 Wednesday                          

THE BORDERS GARDEN

Portmore Garden, Eddleston, Scottish Borders

Our journey starts with a drive to Moffat for a coffee break, followed by a scenic drive through Upper Tweeddale to Peebles for a leisurely lunchtime stop which allows time to explore this interesting market town.

Portmore is a 1.5 acre walled garden designed with taste and flair. The selection of colours in the planting is impressive. The glasshouses are full of tender plants displaying their own colours in full summer. The gardens contain an Italianate grotto, rose beds, borders and water garden.

Plants for sale. Refreshments available. 

Admission £6

Pickups:

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 £10

PURCHASE BUS TICKETS

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1 October 2022 Saturday                          

THE TRANQUIL GARDENS

Acorn Bank House & Garden, Temple Sowerby, Cumbria

Our first stop is to visit Penrith with its interesting shops and market. This is apple festival time and our first garden visit celebrates this time of the year.

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.  

Admission £9 (NTS members free)

AND

Larch Cottage Nursery, Melkinthrope, Cumbria

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.  

Pickups:

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 £10

PURCHASE BUS TICKETS

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 15 October 2022 Saturday                          

The Creative Crafts Autumn Show

with Creative Crafts for Christmas

SECC, Glasgow

The Creative Craft Show is a haven for knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery & dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts, offering all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the hobby world! You’ll find everything from kits, charts and patterns to fabrics, yarns, threads and buttons plus opportunities to gain advice from industry experts.

Admission £11 at the venue; discount for online booking

Pickups:

0800 Kirkcudbright (Harbour Square Bus Stop);

0825 Castle Douglas (British Legion, Market Hill);

0835 Crossmichael (Shop);

0900 New Galloway (CatStrand);

0910 Dalry (Underhill);

0925 Carsphairn (Shop)

Fare £10

PURCHASE BUS TICKETS

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