Scottish Gemmological Association

Excursions

Monday 6th May, 2019

Our outing this year is to the new outpost of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee. There is only a small display of jewellery, but it does include a very striking Valkyrie tiara, and the building itself is very interesting. If there is enough interest, we may try to arrange a guided tour.

The nearby McManus Gallery is of interest with the possibility of Scottish pearls, Scottish agates and a Stone Age Jet Necklet to view. Also, adjacent to the V & A Dundee, is the RRS Discovery, the vessel that took Scott and Shackleton on their first trip to Antarctica.

We intend to depart the hotel around 9am. arriving in Dundee around 10am. We will be returning to the Westerwood, departing at 2.15pm. to arrive back at the hotel by 3.30pm. This could be made slightly more flexible if necessary. Luggage can safely be left on the bus.

The Railway Station in Dundee is just across the road from the V & A, should a delegate wish to travel south by train rather than returning to the Westerwood Hotel. Travelling by train from Dundee with a connection to Edinburgh Airport takes about 1 3/4 hours at a cost of about £22 and runs approximately every half hour. Alternatively, depending on demand, there could be an option to drop delegates off at Inverkeithing Railway Station which offers regular journeys into Edinburgh or to Edinburgh Airport.