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Sightseeing Tours

OMAE 2019 conference tour

The OMAE 2019 conference organizers have arranged discounted rates for conference attendees and accompanying person for a selection of tours to discover the stunning surroundings of Glasgow.

Below is an introduction to the tours available through our partner Rabbie’s Tours. OMAE 2019 attendees and accompanying persons receive a 10% discount on the published rates. To apply the discount, please enter the tour discount code (provided on the bottom of your OMAE 2019 conference registration confirmation email) during the check out process when booking the tour.

Loch Lomond & Whisky Distillery half day tour

Combine a famous loch with a world-renowned whisky on this afternoon trip to the Highlands.

Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast — 1 day tour

Discover the landscapes and myths that inspired Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky — 1 day tour

Scotland landscapes

Journey into the Highlands and the heart of Loch Lomond on this tour from Glasgow.

Oban, Glencoe, Highland Lochs & Castles — 1 day tour

See epic ruined castles, listen to tales of old clan rivalries, and venture through brilliant mountain scenery on this tour to the Scottish Highlands.

Outlander Adventure — 1 day tour

Visit three castles and a well-preserved village on this adventure through the sights and stories of Outlander.

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands — 1 day tour

Myths, monsters, and mountains: this tour is the best way to see ‘Scotland in a day’.

The Isle of Skye — 3 day tour

Venture through breath-taking landscapes, quaint villages and epic castles on this journey to the ‘Misty Isle’.

Mull & Iona — 3 day tour

Journey to Mull and discover a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, history addicts, and seafood connoisseurs.

Isle of Arran Adventure — 3 day tour

Explore the beautiful Isle of Arran and Robert Burns Country.

How to Book

Visit for a full selection of tours and dates available.

Once you selected your tour(s), go to check out and click on “Got a promo code?”. Enter the discount code received with your conference registration and proceed to check out.

If you have not received a discount code for the sightseeing tours, please contact

Technical Tour

The Local Organizing Committee has arranged two technical day tours that promise to be an excellent addition to your conference experience. On Friday, June 14th you have the option of a morning tour of either the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) or the Glasgow Subsea 7 facilities. Both tours will join together for lunch and then visit the Falkirk Wheel for a boat tour of the world’s only rotating boatlift. A stop to visit the iconic Kelpies is included on the way to the Wheel. Technical tour tickets can be purchased during the registration process.

Tickets for the tours are available during registration. Space on both tours is limited, so reserve your seat early!

Tour 1: AFRC and Falkirk Wheel
Tour 2: Subsea 7 and Falkirk Wheel

Date/Time: Friday, June 14th,8:30 to 18:30
Cost: £65, includes 20% VAT, lunch and admission to the Falkirk Wheel boat

Advanced Forming Research Centre

Advanced Forming Research Centre

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, engineering research and development, and metal forming and forging research.

For almost a decade the centre has been at the heart of manufacturing research in Scotland. It is the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in the country, one of only 7 in the UK making it the critical link between manufacturers in Scotland and the rest of this world-class network of manufacturing innovation and expertise.

The AFRC helps to fill the gap between fundamental academic research and industry. We help companies to turn innovative technologies and ideas into a commercial reality that will increase their competitiveness, boost their business and secure the manufacturing sector in Scotland and the UK for generations to come.

We offer world-class expertise and cutting edge technologies that help firms develop solutions that bring about real business benefits for companies of all sizes from across the UK and internationally.

Subsea 7

Subsea 7

Subsea 7 is a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the evolving energy industry.

Subsea 7’s Global Pipeline Welding Development Centre is a world-class facility that supports the continued development of leading-edge welding and material technology to meet demands of high-integrity pipelines for the subsea oil and gas industry. Built in 2013 it serves as a technical authority for the rolling-out of welding enhancements and polymer lining solutions to all Subsea 7 fabrication bases globally.

The centre provides and uses:

  • Integrated R&D welding and inspection capability
  • Pre-fabrication welding qualification and procedures
  • Wide range of welding technologies & solutions
  • Ultrasonic & radiographic NDE testing
  • Laboratory & sectioning capability.
  • Home to Swagelining, the world’s leading polymer lining specialist for subsea pipelines
Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after Falkirk, the town in which it is located. It reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s. It opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton Boat Lift.