Remember when 2009 seemed far away? There was plenty of time to plan a trip for the unveiling of the Turning of the Bull Monument. 2009 is here and July will be upon us before you know it. If you are interested in either of the tours being offered during the week of activities directly following the monument unveiling, you need to let the tour directors know soon.
Alastair Cranston is offering a Turnbull/Historical Borders tour featuring the major Turnbull sites among the Borders as well as other historical points of interest. He needs to know before January 20 if you are interested in joining this tour.
Editor’s note: This tour begins with the Turning of the Bull monument unveiling at the Hawick Heritage Hub in Hawick, Scotland, 18 July 2009 and ends with The Gathering in Edinburgh. Hawick is located in the center of historic Turnbull territory in the Borders of Scotland. The tour director (and founder of Smeddum Ltd.), Alastair Cranston has considerable knowledge of the Borders, Scottish history and Turnbull landmarks. This tour is a chance to walk among the fields once occupied by your ancestors and discover what makes today’s Borders so enchanting. Space is limited and Alastair is asking that you let him know by 20 January 2009 if you are interested in participating.
Turnbull Clan Association (TCA) Tour Proposal Sat 18th to Sun 26th July 2009
18 Saturday Turning of the Bull Statue unveiling Hawick Heritage Hub followed by Dinner and celebrations as arranged by Turnbull Clan Association.
19 Sunday Tour Start in morning at Bedrule Kirk (with possible Sunday service) Lunch at Cross Keys Inn, Denholm Short Coach Tour via Fulton Tower Carter Bar - English-Scottish Border.
20 Monday Tour of Hawick, Heritage Hub, Wilton Park Museum, Hawick Cashmere, Lunch at Hawick Golf Club Minto – walk to Fatlips Castle.
21 Tuesday Jedburgh, Abbey, Queen Mary’s House Lunch at Buccleuch Arms Hotel (St. Boswells) Lochcarron Tartans Factory, Selkirk.
22 Wednesday Abbotsford, Scotts View Lunch at No 26, Melrose Melrose, walkabout, Abbey.
23 Thursday Depart Borders for Edinburgh via Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery near Haddington Book in Edinburgh Hotel(s) in evening.
24 Friday Edinburgh Tours - Bus Tour, Castle, Holyrood, Royal Mile, Princes Street.
25 Saturday The Clans Gathering, Day One.
26 Sunday The Clans Gathering, Day Two Tour Close in evening.
The cost of the tour will be determined by Smeddum Ltd. based upon the number of interested participants. (Transportation is a major expense. Cost for the Coach travel depends upon the size of Coach required.) This cost will be published in the February 2009 Bullseye and this site as well as communicated to those who have expressed an interest. Participants interested in being part of the TCA Tour can request Smeddum Ltd to assist in arranging accommodation covering all or part of period from Friday night 17 July 2009 through Thursday morning 23 July 2009 (or any part thereof). This accommodation will be in the Borders and will either be in/near Hawick - or in/near Melrose where recommended choices are Burts, Townhouse (Melrose) and Dryburgh Abbey, Buccleuch Arms (St Boswells). During the TCA Borders portion of the tour (from Sunday am 19th through Thursday am 23rd) a Quality Coach (with toilet) will pick up and drop off tour members morning and night covering Melrose, St. Boswells, Denholm and Hawick.
First and last stops will vary depending on the day’s programme and coach route(s) taken. Smeddum Ltd can assist with accommodation booking in Edinburgh from Thursday evening 23rd to Monday morning 27th (and beyond if required) covering participation at Clans Gathering the weekend of the 25th and 26th July 2009. All accommodation arrangement assistance is optional and in all cases, participants will handle their own bill(s) apart from the tour cost. (Cost of accommodations will be confirmed with each individual before booking.) A Smeddum Tour Liason will be on coach and with party during all day time activities and selectively in the evenings.