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PREVIOUS DAYS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

ALL-DAY VISIT TO FLOORS CASTLE AND ST BOSWELLS - WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017

On the 10th May 32 members joined an outing to the Borders. The main attraction was a visit to Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. In 1721 the 1st Duke of Roxburghe commissioned William Adam to make additions to the eastern end of the existing tower house to create a plain but symmetrical Georgian Country House. The 6th Duke invited the leading architect in Edinburgh William Playfair to remodel and extend the castle between 1837 and 1847. In the early part of the 20th century the 8th Duke’s marriage to May Goelet, a beautiful American heiress, brought to Floors her outstanding collection of fine art. Several of the rooms were altered in the 1930s including the drawing room and the ballroom, which were refitted to display the set of Brussels’s tapestries and the Goblins’ tapestries.


In addition to coffee, a guided tour of the castle and lunch, members had the opportunity to look at the impressive grounds and gardens on a beautiful day. The group then made the short trip to St Boswells to The Mainstreet Trading Company where members were able to explore the bookshop, deli and café| before the journey back to Ayrshire.


Carole Barrie. (Days of Special Interest Secretary)