My wife and I have just returned from a bus/motor-coach tour of Ireland. While there the idea struck me that we could organize a one-time “Kirkpatrick/Kilpatrick Home coming Tour” of Scotland. My idea is, unlike the standard motor coach tour where you are in a different hotel every night, we would spend up to 4 days in 3 different hotels. I have no idea what the price would be at this time. I know our recent Ireland trip ran about $120/person/day + airfare (abt $1000 – 1350/per person from NY City).
Take a look at what I’d like the tour to be and let me know if you think you might be interested (I don’t want to waste my time planning if there’s not enough interest).
We would spend 3 or 4 nights in the Glasgow area including a city tour and visiting Luss, the home of Clan Colquhoun, Loch Lomond, Old Kilpatrick, an opportunity to research at the Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society Research Centre and Library (optional), Anotonine Wall, Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum with it’scollection of Roman artifacts from the Antonine Wall.
Then on through Closeburn stopping at the Closeburn Parish Church and Cemetery and a chance tosee/photograph Closeburn Castle up close and personal (I will TRY to contact the current owner and set up a tour of the castle, but I can make no promises.
From there to our next hotel in Dumfries where we would spend 3 or 4 nights. Using Dumfries as a base-of-operations I would hope to visit the site of the original Greyfriars Kirk where Sir Roger Kirkpatrick killed the Red Comyn, time to research at the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society, visits to Caerlaverock Castle where Sir Roger Kirkpatrick was murdered, Clan Douglas’s Hermitage Castle, Hadrian’s Wall, and the 12 Apostles Stone Circle. Time to shop and visit the Robert Burns House and the Robert Burns Centre and the Bridge house.
On to Edinburgh for 3 or 4 nights where I envision us touring Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britania, Palace of Holyroodhouse, taking a city tour, optional time to shop (a chance to buy your own kilt) and optional research time at the Scottish Genealogy Society and ScotlandsPeople Centre.
Then I see us taking a motor coach loop through the Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness and Inverness as our final bit of sight seeing.