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TRIPS

DAY TRIPS

REPORTS ON OUR DAYS OUT!

This page contains reports about the Trips we have enjoyed.  As you can see we motivate our group by providing options for day trips to historic and interesting places. . We enjoy lunch and high tea or dinner in towns and cities in bonnie Scotland.

If you would like to be part of our group, please use the contact page and see what we have to offer.  

2016 tour around fife

Mystery Coach Trip 2016

Wednesday the 3rd of August and it was off on the mystery tour . We left Leys Park road Dunfermline and headed east to the old village of Falkland . Here was a chance to visit the Palace and wander around the village and maybe have a coffee.

Next it was on to the Edwardian mansion of jute baron Frederick Sharp called The Hill of Tarvet where we spent a good bit of time with a guided tour of the mansion and a wander round the gardens that is until rain stopped play.

Now it was down to Cupar to have a bit of retail therapy ( myself and Betty gave this a miss and visited her sister who lives in the town). Now it was on to our high tea at The Tippsy Nipper restaurant at Fife Airport and what a good meal it was, so after a very long and good day it was head for home time . I believe that everyone enjoyed it!

Car Rally to the Trossachs 2016

Car Rally through the trossachs

I think all went well. We left Dunfermline at 9.40 and after a good run as far as Thornhill we found that the road to Aberfoyle was closed at Ruskie, so a detour had to be taken up the B822 to the B81 bringing us back to Lake of Menteith, before this detour happened all was well but some of our group drove down a wrong road. I waited several minutes until they appeared and followed them into Aberfoyle where we planned to have something to eat. We wandered around the shops but a couple of very heavy showers put a damper on that! Then we restarted and went on over the pass to Kilmahog . We got there without problem this time except car 5 never arrived for quite some time and then went off on their own. After some time there, we decided that it might be better to go on to Doune antique centre as they had a better cafe. My car was the second car to set out but l arrived there first! Betty and l had a good wander around before two other cars turned up but by this time Betty was feeling the strain so we decided to head home. I didn't catch sight of cars 4 and 5 so they must have disapeared into the ether lol !

2016 tour around fife

Dundee 1st June 2016

Our first stop was Glendoik Garden Centre where we had our morning coffee and a scone and a freshly made doughnut. We then went on to the Jute Museum in Dundee where we had to go down Smellies Lane to get to it. It was really interesting but what a noise from the old machines aw they had no protective gear. We spent some time in their shop and noticed that one of our group bought so many bags Son we named her the ' bag lady' . Then onto Dundee city centre for lunch and some retail therapy. On down to Broughty Ferry beach for an ice cream and a sit in the sun as it was a scorcher, then it was up to the Woodlands hotel for tea before heading home.

The Scottish Tapestry

During 2014 the group had a outing to see the Great Scottish Tapestry in Kirkcaldy , it was a wee train trip this time as the museum where it was held is right beside the station. After having a look around for a couple of hours we went over to the Adam Smith Theatre for lunch in the restaurant . After our meal we went back across to the museum to continue to view the Tapestry and some of our group put a stitch in the public panel. It was then time to catch our train back to Dunfermline. It was a long day but well enjoyed by all!

scottish tapestry 2014
The Grangemouth Spitfire

Trip around the coast of the Forth 2014

Our group went on a car rally that took in a circular route between the Kincardine and Forth Road Bridges. To make it more interesting we had a wee quiz and each car was given a quiz paper made up of landmarks in each village we went through. We started at Rosyth Dockyard, where there were two points to look out for; Rosyth castle and the WWII Oil Bunker. Next on to Limekilns where the clue led us to the Ship Inn from "Kidnapped",then on up to Charlestown and the clue for that led to the shape of the village ie the letter E for Elgin . We then went on to Torryburn where the clue led to the fact that Torry Bay is now an important wild life reserve. We drove through Newmills to the village of Culross and the clues here was about the great Admiral Cochrane. We crossed Kincardine bridge through Skinflats and past the Kelpies into Grangemouth here the clue led to the WWII spitfire on display in the town. Then onto the last clues in the town of Bo'ness led to ship-breaking and the famous railway museam . Then onto our final stop the Garden Centre and cafe at Rouken Glen . After a cuppa and cake, and a look around the garden centre, it was on to the Forth Road Bridge for our journey home. A good day was had by all with some getting lost on the way...all part of the fun!

Mystery Bus Tour 2014

The mystery tour started from Leys Park road car park and headed East out of Dunfermline and then headed North up the motorway and came off at Bridge of Earn stopping at Brig Farm Shop and Cafe for breakfast . Next we headed East out of Bridge of Earn and into Abernethy to the Jamesfield Garden Centre and Cafe. East again and over the Tay Bridge turn West and headed out of Dundee this time heading for the Abernyte Antique centre .

After a good long visit it was back on the road west again towards Perth to bypass Perth and go into Hunting Tower just West of Perth following the road north to the Hunting Tower Hotel for high tea.

After tea it was back south down the motorway and back to Dunfermline.

ps. " The Admin Alex" had to do the tour in his car accompanied by his disabled wife, where the clue was given to him at each stop so that he and his wife were kept in mystery as to the eventual destinations like the rest of the group, apart from the Planner.

Huntingtower hotel Perth
canal trip 2014

Canal Boat Trip 2014

In July, 2014, some members of the group went aboard a canal boat owned and maintained by the Seagull Trust for a dander down the Union canal. The Seagull Trust is a charity which offers free excursions on their boats for groups with special needs. The Trust was established in 1978. Our trip was on a glorious sunny day and although it only lasted two hours we felt as though we were all away on our holidays as we were transported down the canal.

Other members joined us for lunch at the Red Lion pub in Culross. After lunch members had the opportunity to wander around historic Culross. Afterwards some members returned to their cars for homeward bound whilst others travelled back to Dunfermline on the minibus which was hired. A good day out was had by all!

Mystery Tour of 2015

We left Dunfermline at 9.30 and headed west for our first stop it was up to the Walled Garden shop and cafe in Devilla forest for breakfast . After our break we then headed west again this time on the motorway towards Glasgow .We made it to Glasgow and drove to the Peoples Palace and as it was heavy rain by now we decided to have a good wander around inside before getting lunch. After food and coffee break finished, we went back on the coach for our next stop to Pollak House in Pollak Park. This was another interesting place to see! Next it was into the park to see the Burrel collection and it was another very interesting place full of artifacts . Lastly we went to Crowwood Hotel Stepps for our high tea before returning to Dunfermline at 1915 . A very good day out enjoyed by all aboard the coach. Once again The Admin and his wife got directions given at each stop but Glasgow was tricky and he got lost twice and they arrived a wee but late for their meal, regardless it was a good day out!

seagull trust barge

Canal Trip 2015

On the 1st of July, some club members headed out by coach to the Kelpies for a boat trip on the Wooden Spoon. It was a glorious hot day which made the trip through the lochs even better. The hour long trip passed quickly, too quickly! We enjoyed experiencing the rise and fall of the boat as it navigated through the lochs , then it was over and we were back on the jetty.

Afterwards we met up with the rest of our members ( who had been unable to go on the boat) for a leisurely lunch at the Dutch Inn, at which the food and service were excellent.

Mystery Tour 2013

August 7/2013 time for our mystery trip and we left Leys Park after nine and headed over the Forth bridge to make our first stop Craiges Farm Shop and Deli, where we had breakfast then off again heading south to end up at Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott but we couldn't get into the house as it was being repaired so we went to the cafe at the Visitor Centre . Later on we travelled to Kelso for a wander around and after a couple of hours we headed for The Topiary Coffee Shop & Restaurant in Kelso. We enjoyed a good look round the garden centre and fish ponds before making a quick run to the Edinburgh Wool Mill at Jedburgh, then on to the Tontine Hotel, Peebles for high tea. Then it was time to head home. This was a good trip as the bus was wheelchair friendly and Betty and l were able to be in the company of our group.

high tea Peebles 2013

CHRISTMAS Dinner 2016

Hi all, Friday 9th December was our christmas dinner at the Elizabethan, Dunfermline. There were twenty two of us at the meal! It was a great meal in a very good Restaurant l would definitely recommend.

tea at Anstruther chippy june 2017

Trip to St Andrew's in June 2017

Trip to St Andrew’s.

We set off in our coach from Ley’s Park Car Park, Dunfermline, following the coastal route heading to Aberdour/ Burntisland where we stopped at the residential Caravan Holiday Park for refreshments of tea, coffee, and scones with jam and cream, in the comfortable restaurant where we admired the beautiful view of the River Forth on a bright sunny day.

After our refreshments we journeyed on passing Glenrothes and arriving at St Andrew’s at 12.15pm. We spent a few enjoyable hours in St Andrew’s visiting shops, having a light lunch, exploring the historic town, then we set off again heading for Anstruther where we explored and shopped and sat at the harbour area viewing the scenery and chatting with others in our group until it was time for high tea in the Waterfront Restaurant at 4pm.

Our menu in the restaurant was pre-booked and our choices were varied, we had fish and chips, steak pie, salmon, chicken, sandwiches etc, , and this was followed with scones, cakes, tea and coffee, and much chatting together. The food was first class and value for money, and some of our group suggested that they would like to enjoy high teas there in the future with their friends and family or on another trip with the group.

The time passed quickly and enjoyably, and we were delighted that we had nice weather because the previous day was awful weather, so good fortune favoured us! Pat had our mobile phone numbers in case of mishap, or forgetting the times to return to the coach, but we were all amazing and she had no cause to give us a buzz!

On our coach trip home we relaxed and rested after our energetic day away, driving through Pitteweem, Upper Largo, Kirkcaldy, and got back to Dunfermline around 6.30 pm. It was a lovely trip away from our usual habitat and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. We had 18 or 19 of the group on the trip so a good number. Alex and his wife couldn't make the trip because Alex has been unwell but is recovering now, l am pleased to report.

Trip to Perth, Pitlochry and Crieff

High Tea at Crieff on Day Trip to Pitlochry

Our August outing, started as we left Leys Park Road, Dunfermline, at 9.30am, with hopes of enjoying some sunshine on the day. We travelled on the M90 to Perth where we stopped for coffee and tea with shortbread at The Royal George Hotel. The Hotel was nice and we had plentiful supplies of shortbread and refills of drinks.

Back on our coach we headed on to Pitlochry on the A9 where we spent a couple of hours shopping, walking, visiting tourist attractions, and having lunch, this was free time where the groups of friends could decide on what they wanted to do and see. We were fortunate to enjoy really nice weather as we explored the shops and open air attractions.

When we gathered again on our coach, we journeyed on to Crieff on the A822 for High Tea, and we viewed splendid hills and countryside on our way. At approximately 4pm, we entered Crieff Hydro Hotel and settled at a private dining area where tables were set out beautifully with large candle decor, so elegant and special for us to enjoy. The service from the waiters and waitresses couldn’t be faulted. We had our chosen meals; fish and chips, chicken and ham pie, ploughman salad, etc, with tea, coffee, fruit cake, scones, and pancakes.

The hotel was large and well furnished and many of our group joked that they wished they were staying there for the night. The rain came down heavily as we were leaving the hotel, but our coach was waiting not far from the door so we didn’t get wet. It rained most of the way back to Dunfermline but we didn’t mind as we had enjoyed sunshine for most of the day. When we arrived back in Dunfermline, the rain had stopped! So soon the trip was over and we have our memories of a lovely time at The Royal George Hotel in Perth, Pitlochry shopping etc and Crieff Hydro Hotel where we enjoyed gracious hospitality.

2017 xmas dinner

Christmas Lunch at The Elizabethan, Dunfermline 2017

Our Christmas Festive Meal.

We gathered together in the early afternoon on Friday 8th December, to enjoy our Christmas lunch at the Elizabethan Restaurant and Bar, in Dunfermline. Around twenty members sat at the large tables.

We were served our lunch of various choices. First courses (if ordered), soup, crab meat, followed by main meals of roast turkey, rib of beef on the bone, roast duck etc, all delicious served with sweet red cabbage, peas, carrots, sprouts, and lovely roast potatoes. Sweet courses of Christmas pudding and custard, chocolate brownies, etc. Later we enjoyed coffee, tea and mince pies. Those pies were hot!

There was much chatting, pulling crackers, and we had a free raffle. Jane won a three jar selection of chutneys. Wilma won the three jar selection too! Christmas cards were handed out all around the group and it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves. Most of the Group were present but a few members missed the lunch due to illness.

Lunch over, we all made our way homeward around 3pm. It was a bright, very cold day as we hurried on our way, calling out Merry Christmas wishes. Well January is just around the corner, and we will do lots of exciting things in the year ahead!

Happy Christmas to all. May everyone have a lovely Christmas Day with your families and we will see you all after the Festivities.

Canal Boat Cruise June 2018

 

June Outing to Falkirk We set off from the Leys Park car park at around 9.45am, in two minibuses. The weather was lovely.

We travelled to Falkirk to sail on the boats and ten of us went on the Govan Seagull boat and the other half went on the Barr Seagull boat. We sailed on the Union Canal and our cruise lasted 2 hours, although we did not go all the way to Edinburgh before turning around to head back to Falkirk.

Our guides the crew members were cheerful and informative, they are volunteers with the Seagull Trust.

During our trip, we enjoyed tea, coffee and biscuits on board. The boats were reasonably spacious, clean and comfortable, and we went out to the stern ( where the boat was steered from ) and the bow at the front where we watched the wildlife, herons and kingfishers, and not forgetting the people walking on the canal path. Our boats passed through a large tunnel at Prospect Hill, and the length of the tunnel was 630 metres. The notorious grave robbers and murderers “ Burke and Hare “ heard that labourers were needed for the tunnel construction so they journeyed from Ireland to join the working team, prior to turning their hands to evil acts.

When we disembarked after our cruise, we went on our minibuses and we journeyed to Tullialian Golf Club for High Tea in the Puttery Restaurant. We had a selection of meals on offer but most of the group chose fish and chips, and a few opted for steak pie, and there was a vegetarian option. The meals were delicious and we had tea, coffee, scones and cakes, to finish.

We travelled back to Dunfermline arriving in the late afternoon. We all enjoyed a wonderful relaxing day out!

Trip to Selkirk and Peebles. Thank you Tesco

Trip to Selkirk and Peebles in early August 2018 We, our group members and some friends, joined our coach and set off for Selkirk, stopping off for refreshments at Dobbies near the Butterfly World, Edinburgh. After our teas and coffees, we travelled on, enjoying the scenery. The weather was fair throughout our journey to Selkirk. We arrived at Lochcarron Mills and formed two groups, the first group went to see the tartan being woven while the second group went into the cafe for lunch of sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea and coffee, and it was pleasant chatting together. When the first group returned, the second group took the tour, while the first group had their nice lunch. We browsed in the mill shop after lunch just before taking the tour. The process of producing tartan is interesting and quite complicated. We saw the looms with their moving parts, producing fine wool patterns. The wool spools or cones, are white but are dyed in a variety of colours for to be made into kilts, jackets, blankets, cardigans, scarfs, hats etc. The mill uses fine wool, and cashmere on occasions. The group wore ear protectors which also delivered the information given by our guide. The sky looked greyish, and a spot or two of rain fell but nothing to dampen our spirits as we set off for Peebles looking forward to high tea at the Green Tree Hotel. We arrived late afternoon and enjoyed a good cooked meals of steak pie, fish, macaroni and cheese etc, including cakes, scones, and drinks. Then we headed for home again and relaxed on our journey back. It was a good day away, nice memories were made and an education on tartan weaving added to our cultural knowledge. Thanks to Tesco who helped us finance this trip.

Christmas Lunch at Forrester Country Park, Cairneyhill. Thank you Tesco Bags of Help Project.

 

Christmas Outing on 7th December 2018; Lunch at Forrester Country Park, Cairneyhill, Fife. The coach arrived at Leys Car Park, Dunfermline, to pick up our group members to take them to Cairneyhill, for a special Christmas lunch. We had a lovely time in a lovely restaurant at the Country Club. Everyone expressed delight at the table setting which was festive and fantastic. The food was enjoyable and we all were in the Christmas spirit, chatting, and relaxing for a few hours until it was time to leave on our coach to return to Dunfermline. We all hold special memories of our festive time as it was wonderful, thanks to Tesco who helped us finance the outing.

Trip to the Kelpies at Grangemouth

On the 5th June 2019, we went on our outing to visit the Kelpies, stopping off for our morning break at Callendar House, Grangemouth, where we enjoyed lovely sandwiches, teas, coffee and orange juice. We spent quite a time chatting over our refreshments then made a quick browse through Callendar House before departing for to visit the Kelpies.  On arrival at the Kelpies we met our guide who gave us a mountain of information about the Kelpies structure, and we entered the inner parts of the Kelpies.  The visit was very interesting and everyone remarked that our guide was excellent.  

Unfortunately, the weather was showery but we were fortunate not to be caught in a heavy downpour, and the sun made a brief appearance.  We then travelled to our hotel, the Grange Manor, not far from the Kelpies, for High Tea, and enjoyed lovely meals and scones and strawberry tarts, plenty of tea and coffees and attentive  staff to serve us.  The Grange Manor is a nice hotel and we relaxed and spent our time in the pleasant surroundings. 

Soon it was time to return home and we boarded our coach with our chatty driver David from Merlin Travel in Dunfermline.  We enjoyed our day away from our normal routines.  

 

Trip to New Lanark Village

We set off for our trip to New Lanark Village on the 7th August, and had a pleasant journey through, arriving around 11.30am. We were met by the reception manager who welcomed us.

Our first activity was a little ride through Annie’s story tunnel with visual and holographs to add interest. On leaving the ride we made our way to the cafe on the lower floor and enjoyed tea,coffee and orange juice, and sandwiches. After our light lunch we browsed through the large shop next to the cafe for around 30 minutes before joining our guide for a presentation while we sat for half an hour listening to the history of New Lanark Village and learning about the founder Robert Owen who had an extraordinary compassion and concern for his employees and orphan children. We left our seating area to be guided to two houses which revealed the way people lived in the 1800s and one house set up with the history objects of the 1940s.

Following our guide tour, we had free time to explore and visit the Schoolhouse, and Robert Owen’s residence and the working mill and the water falls nearby. We then went to the New Lanark Hotel which was created out of number one Mill and was comfortable with modern decor where we enjoyed a superb High Tea, and first class service.

At around 5.30pm we made our way to our coach and set off home. We had enjoyed lovely weather for most of our day away with drizzly rain for a shot time around 5pm. As we neared our home area, we could see that Dunfermline and Edinburgh had experienced horrible weather. We heard of thunder storms and heavy rain, and flooding but we missed it all by visiting New Lanark. Fortunately, when we arrived home the storms had stopped so we were lucky to not get wet as we made our way back to our homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2019

The group enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Adamson Hotel in Crossford on the 6th December 2019. The food was plentiful and enjoyable from the Christmas menu. The staff attentive and welcoming. Everyone relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company, and exchanged Christmas cards, pulled crackers, told silly jokes, all the usual Christmas festive fun and cheer. Now we look forward to a good New Year in the ASAP group, and will meet up on the first Wednesday evening in February to celebrate with haggis and fish suppers, entertainment for a Scottish theme evening will add to our enjoyment. That’s what it’s all about, being merry and enjoying the pleasures of life! And a Good New Year to everyone!

 

  • So as you see we don't just sit around talking and disscusing our problems .
  • We do like to get out and about and enjoy ourselves. 
  • So if you would like to attend our meetings just use the contact page and you will be made very welcome when you come 

 

  • Picture Gallery It's not all meetings in the Jean Mackie Centre we do like to get out once or twice a year ------- here are some pictures taken on some of our trips

Rosyth Castle

a clue on our round the Forth trip
  
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