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Thursday, August 09, 2007

View of Paisley town centre. We spent a few hours here prior to return flight to Canada.

Paisley Town Hall, a magnificent edifice dating back to the town's Victorian heyday when Paisley was a textile "boom town"

Paisley Abbey is a parish church of the Church of Scotland and the 'mother church' of Paisley. This dates back to 1163.

Another Paisley view, with Town Hall

Barochan Cross

This fine Celtic cross is over 1000 years old and, prior to its removal to the Abbey for safe-keeping, stood on a hillside near the Renfrewshire town of Houston. It would have originally been covered in intricate Celtic designs.

Ladies at the Marble Font in Paisley Abbey

Nave and Choir of Paisley Abbey

Scenic view-from Onich Hotel
Loch Garry view

Highland Cattle on road to Elgol, Isle of Skye.

Another view of the Highland Cattle.

Historic Portsoy Harbour. This old harbour was completed in 1693. Portsoy, on the Moray Firth Coast in North East Scotland, was once a busy trading port.

Another view of Portsoy Harbour.

One of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, Elgin Cathedral is a magnificent ruin, much of which dates back to the 13th century.

Its many outstanding architectural features include the country’s finest octagonal chapter house.

A 'Duncan' grave market at Elgin Cathedral

View of Elgin Cathedral
View of Elgin Cathdral

A winner at Turriff Show, Aug 5th. No cattle or sheep due to Foot and Mouth restrictions.

Anstruther's famous fish bar. We had lunch here. Great food!

Competition at Turriff Show

Miniature horses at Turriff show.

Looking for grave markers at Banff.

Graveyard at Banff. We found a few Duncans!

Banff Springs Hotel. Note Canadian flag. There is "sister" hotel in Banff, Canada.

Ordiquhill Church and graveyard.

Hunting for ancestors at Ordiquhill

Visiting Norwegians at Aboyne Highland Games.

Marching band at Aboyne Highland Games

Highland dancing at Aboyne Highland Games

General view of Aboyne Highland Games

Pipes and drums at Aboyne Games

Group view at River Tummel, Perthshire

View of River Tummel

Spittal of Glenshee which is situated at the junction of four glens.

Another Spittal of Glenshee view.

Spittal Inn. We stopped here for refreshments. This is possibly the oldest operating Inn site in Britain dating back to 961AD, but possibly earlier.

View of bridge over Tay at Dunkeld, Perthshire

Dunkeld Cathedral.
The church in Dunkeld has been around a long time – over 1400 years – dating from the time when Celtic monks set up a base for mission where the River Braan joins the River Tay. Since then it has seen many changes and turbulent times, eventually becoming the beautiful, peaceful place of worship it is today. While the long and distinguished history is impressive and interesting, (longer than the nation of Scotland has existed) it is still a living, worshipping church and the Parish Church of Dunkeld - a congregation of the Church of Scotland

The famous 'Queen's View' looking at Loch Tummel with Glencoe in the distance.

Abernethy Tower dates probably from the 9th or 10th century, with 11th century alterations. It is 72 feet high and only 8 feet in interior diameter, with walls 3 1/2 feet thick. These Round Towers served the Celtic clergy as steeples and watch-towers against Viking invaders . There are still 76 of them standing in Ireland. The original purpose of the Abernethy Tower was defense but later it was used as a belfry and a beacon.

There is a nice tea room close by where we availed of refreshment.

On a high grassy hill above the Ayrshire village of Dundonald stands the gaunt grey ruin of Dundonald castle and ancient stronghold of the noble Stewart family. The present tower was built by Robert Stewart, possibly to mark his accession to the throne as King Robert II (1371-1390) of Scots, in 1371,on the foundations of several other fortifications.

Culzean is a romantic 18th century Castle built by Robert Adam for David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. It perches on the cliff edge above the Firth of Clyde with ever-changing views of Arran and the Ailsa Craig.

Another view of Culzean Castle
Tour group in Glasgow

A visiting group of Australian pipers practising in Glasgow

Rear view of Glasgow's oldest house with garden. Provand's lordship is a medieval building built around the 15th century.

Inside view of Glasgow cathedral.
The first stone-built Glasgow Cathedral was dedicated in the presence of King David I in 1136. The present building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and the worship of God has been carried out within its walls for more than 800 years.


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