In the Footsteps of John Galt Tour:
A Guelph Museums Special Tour

In the Footsteps of John Galt Tour with Guelph Museums
Join Guelph Museums in an exploring of John Galt including two very special festivals commemorating his life and accomplishments.

May 2, 2019 will mark the 240th birthday of John Galt – the Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, political and social commentator, and Canada Company superintendent who founded Guelph and Goderich, Ontario in 1827. A small group will join Guelph Museums to explore Galt’s homeland, discover his influences and accomplishments; and honour his birthdate at the Galt Festival in Ayrshire.


In the Footsteps of John Galt TourSunday 28th April 2019
Group arrive at Glasgow Airport – here we meet our 36 seat executive coach and our English speaking Blue Badge Guide who will escort us throughout our tour in Scotland. Drive into Glasgow city centre and enjoy a guided panoramic city tour including George Square, City Chambers, Merchant’s House on George Square, Statue of Kirkman Finlay and Merchant City. Free time for lunch in the city centre. After lunch we continue our tour of Glasgow. Our final destination today is the lovely Ayrshire town of Troon and our hotel for the next 7 nights. Dinner and overnight in the Marine Hotel, Troon
NOTE: Full Scottish Breakfast included daily.

Monday 29th April 2019
Local touring today including the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, Irvine Burns Club plus Dundonald Castle. Independent lunch. Afternoon visit of Culzean Castle before we return to our hotel. Overnight in the Marine Hotel. Open evening.

Tuesday 30th April 2019
Full day tour of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Our first visit today will be the wonderful setting of Glengoyne Distillery – we enjoy a guided tour of the distillery where the making of Scotland’s famous Malt is explained from start to finish. Enjoy a wee “dram” of the finished product at the end of our tour. Onward to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, arriving in Balloch. Here we change our mode of transport and board a boat for a 1 hour cruise around Loch Lomond, the best way to see the magnificent scenery and wildlife. Back on land we head to our final stop today the Trossachs National park with some time at leisure to enjoy a walk. Dinner and overnight in the Marine Hotel, Troon.

Wednesday 01st May 2019
Edinburgh & Musselburgh. Coach and guide for a full day trip, 12 hours. On arrival in the town of Musselburgh to the East of Edinburgh we drive past Eskgrove House - John Galt advertised the house for sale back in 1825. It is currently on the market at the moment for a whopping £1.25 million! Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital known as the Athens of the North - Visit Edinburgh Castle. Here we will have some free time for an independent lunch possibly a chance to sample some of the many traditional pubs on the Royal Mile. This afternoon we continue our guided tour of Edinburgh passing Holyrood Palace, Carlton Hill, Arthurs Seat, Walter Scott’s monument and our final visit today will be the Writer’s Museum on the Royal Mile.
1800 Hrs – Early 3 course set dinner in Merchant’s Restaurant in Edinburgh before we leave Edinburgh and head back to Troon for our overnight at the Marine Hotel.

Thursday 02nd & Friday 03rd May 2019
Galt Festival Event in Irvine, where Galt was born, and Greenock, where he is buried Festival includes the world premiere of “Galt’s Dream” a performance by Canadian musicians Mike Ford and Murray Foster. Return each day to the Marine Hotel, Troon for overnight. Dinner on your own.

Saturday 04th May 2019
Bit more of a relaxed day today with a morning visit to the Burns Heritage Centre. Free time for lunch before heading back to Troon. This afternoon is left open for last minute, individual shopping or exploring. Possibly a round of golf (we will see who may be interested)? Tonight we enjoy a farewell meal in the hotel - a 3-course dinner with a ½ bottle of house wine per person and featuring a final private acoustic performance by Mike & Murray; a fitting end to an outstanding tour in Scotland! Overnight at the Marine Hotel.

Sunday 05th May 2019
Hotel check-out and mid-morning departure for Glasgow Airport – bid farewell to our driver and guide, taking with you wonderful memories of your stay in Scotland.


Tour Price
  • Tour Price: CAD $3,550
    based on twin/double per person
  • Single Supplement: Very Limited - Max 4
    CAD $3,970
Payment Requirements
  • Deposit Requirement:
    CAD $750 pp
  • Final Payment Due: February 16, 2019
You must hold a valid passport for the expected duration of your travel.

Tour Includes:

  • Return air arrangements with KLM
  • Guides and interpretation from Guelph Museums
  • Performances by Mike Ford and Murray Foster
  • 7 night’s accommodation in the Marine Hotel, Troon on a Bed & Full Cooked Breakfast
  • 3 x dinners in hotel – last night including ½ bottle of house wine p.p.
  • 29 or 36 seat executive coach (depending on the final numbers)
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to visits as highlighted in the itinerary: Glengoyne Distillery, Scottish Maritime Museum, Dundonald Castle, Culzean Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Writers Museum, Burns Heritage Centre and a one hour cruise on Loch Lomond

Not Included:

  • Porterage
  • Drinks with meals (except last dinner in hotel)
  • Lunches
  • Gratuities (except for included meals)

Special Note:

Pricing includes a $100 donation p.p. to the museum, for which participants will receive a charitable donation receipt.

Strictly Limited Availability:

This tour is strictly limited to an absolute maximum of 36 travellers.

Cancellation Penalties

From date of booking to February 15, 2019:
Loss of deposits paid

From final payment date to departure:
100% Non-refundable

Special Tour Concession: In the event that we are able to find a replacement from wait-lists or other requests received for the land tour between date of booking and 31-days prior to date of departure, a flat $50.00 p.p. administration charge will be accessed. Within 31-days prior, we regret that all payments become non-refundable with or without a replacement. We cannot guarantee a replacement for any cancelled passenger regardless of the date the cancellation is received in our office.


Toronto April 27
KLM 692
Depart: 17:15
Arrive: 06:30
Amsterdam April 28
KLM 1471
Depart: 08:00
Arrive: 08:30
Glasgow May 05
KLM 1476
Depart: 13:25
Arrive: 16:00
Amsterdam May 05
KLM 695
Depart: 17:55
Arrive: 19:50


Marine Hotel
Marine Hotel, Troon

Offering the very best in Scottish hospitality.

Located on the beautiful South Ayrshire coastline with bespoke views over the Royal Troon Golf club, our stunning 4 star hotel has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. The Marine Hotel promises to deliver both an elegant and comfortable experience for all guests through our vast selection of luxury bedrooms, some of which offer breath-taking views over the isle of Arran.

The impressive leisure club and spa offers everything you need to relax and unwind.

Excellent dining options served from the on-site Truin Restaurant which specialises in delicious seasonal food.

The Arran Bar offers a selection of the best drinks and allows guests to enjoy lunch with a view.

About John Galt

John Galt

Novelist, colonial promoter (b at Irvine, Scot 2 May 1779; d at Greenock, Scot 11 Apr 1839).

While struggling to survive as a man of letters, Galt became involved with Canadian affairs, first as agent for those claiming losses in the War of 1812, and subsequently (1824) as secretary of the board of directors of the Canada Co. He came to Upper Canada on several occasions, remaining 1826-29 as company superintendent and founding the towns of Guelph and Goderich in 1827; the town of Galt (now Cambridge) was named after him. He was an innovator in community planning and a proponent of nation-to-nation relationships between the Crown and First Nations. He had continual conflict with the directors and was eventually recalled and spent his last years in impoverished ill health. Galt's best-known fiction deals mainly with Scottish life, and his Autobiography (1833) and Literary Life (1834), show influence of his Canadian involvements. Two of his novels embody his idea of emigrants to the US (Lawrie Todd, 1830) and Canada (Bogle Corbet, 1831).

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