THEME TOURS…Visit Paisley,Visit Scotland,
Walking Tours on Wheels Valentine’s Theme Tour
Walking Tours on Wheels Valentine’s Theme Tour, will enabled people to fall in love with Paisley Town Centre and its stunning buildings. The guided tour will led us through the town before making our way to Tannahill’s Cottage, in Queen Street,
Also making a guest appearance will be Pauline Vallance’s prize-winner at the Glasgow Songwright Festival 2009…
We will visit some of Historical Paisley famous landmarks (Thomas Coats Memorial Church) Special Guests: Robert Tannahill, Janet Tennant, & Robert Burns, Jean Armour, will be in the cottage to meet you.Paisley’s Poet Tracy Patrick, will give Poetry /readings from the works of Robert Burns & Tannahill(Castlehead Church Graveyard the resting place of Paisley’s Weaver, Poet, Songwriter, and his sweetheart Janet Tennant.The tours last location is the home of Robert Tannahill , 1805 Appointed the club’s first secretary Paisley Burns Club, the oldest documented Burns Club in the World.
Christmas Tinsel Tour
Walking Tours on Wheels is a Volunteer Organisation and has organised a Christmas Tinsel Tour on Saturday 10th December leaving from the YMCA Office top of High St/ New St Paisley starting at 10.00am going to the Paisley Abbey.
Christmas Tinsel Tour 2011
We will have a short guided tour of the Paisley Abbey and return back to the YMCA Office for some Christmas Mince Pies…Yummy You will also have the chance to win some prizes with Walking Tours on Wheels Raffle Tickets (cost £1.00) Great Prizes to be won donated from Local business in the Paisley Area. Tour Tickets are free although donations are gratefully accepted as we are a voluntary organisation. Just pop into the YMCA Office for your tickets Santa Hats are also on Sale £1.00… Just the thing you need to keep yer, heid warum going roon the toon.
Ghostly goings-on in Paisley
EERIE ghost tours through Paisley have been such a spook-tacular success that more are being planned for next year. Les Fernie organised two tours which were enjoyed by more than 80 people, with actors dressing up in scary costumes to add to the fright factor.
The tours included a trip to the Gallow Green, off Queen Street, where seven people were killed and then set on fire 300 years ago after being labelled witches. Mystery and intrigue has long surrounded the slaying of the so-called Paisley witches back in the 17th century.
Paisley First Ever Ghost Tour
They were strangled at the stake on the Gallow Green, in the West End of town, and then their bodies were burned on a blazing bonfire. Remains Afterwards, their charred remains were buried at Maxwellton Cross at a site now marked by a horseshoe and a circle of cobblestones. The alleged Paisley witches were simply ordinary countrymen and women who used herbal remedies and forecast the weather by studying natural phenomena, such as the flight patterns of birds and the behaviour of cattle. But they were found guilty of putting a spell on 11-year-old Christian Shaw, the daughter of the wealthy Laird of Bargarran. The child, who nowadays may have been diagnosed with the attention-seeking Munchausen’s Syndrome, accused the ‘witches’ of causing her to float through the air and regurgitate bones, fur, feathers, sticks and stones. They vigorously denied the allegations but a court consisting of local ministers, wealthy landowners and government officials found them guilty and sentenced them to death. In accordance with the laws of the time, they were taken to the Gallow Green and executed on June 10, 1697. The gruesome scenes included the sorry spectacle of young brothers John and James Lindsay, from Formakin Mill, near Houston, aged just 11 and 14, clutching each other’s hands as they were garrotted together. Katherine Campbell was carried struggling and screaming to the stake, where she called down the wrath of God and the Devil on her accusers. The other victims were Margaret Fulton, John Lindsay, Margaret Lang and Agnes Naysmith, who laid ‘a dying woman’s curse’ on all those present at the scene and their descendents. For many years afterwards, Paisley tragedies – including the Paisley Canal disaster in 1810, which claimed 85 lives – were attributed to what many Buddies described as ‘the witches’ curse.’Les, who got into character for the ghost tours by dressing up as the Witch Finder General, said: “The tours went down a treat, which was great, because I really didn’t know how they would be received. “It was the first time I had organised them. They seemed a natural progression from my Walking Tours on Wheels events and I will definitely be back for more next year.” Les, a well-known Paisley historian, added: “I made sure there was plenty of laughter on the tours, which seemed to make sure everyone went home with a smile on their face. “I know the stories I told were predominantly sad but it was important to recount the tales with a touch of humour. “In saying that, I noticed more than a few tears on show when I told the story of the seven wrongly-accused witches who were executed. “We ended the tour at Gallow Green, the scene of that particular tragedy, where we gave the following pardon to the seven witches: ‘Pain inflicted, suffering endured, injustice done’.” Weeks of hard work went into making the tours a success. Les said: “I want to thank the Paisley Daily Express for putting out the word that I was looking for actors, which resulted in a number of people volunteering their services, which I was very grateful for “We had the Grim Reaper, ghouls, bodysnatchers, a mummy and witches. “I would like to run ghost tours on a regular basis as Paisley has many dark secrets and chilling stories to tell about witches, bodysnatching, the plague and cholera. “These would be storytelling tours without the actors, although I hope I haven’t spoiled everyone by using actors on the first two tours.”