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Glasgow Heritage Tour

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dining room at House for Art Lover

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

View of House for Art Lover

Garden entrance at House for Art Lover

Garden at House for Art Lover

Light fitting at House for Art Lover

Window at House for Art Lover

Interior at House for Art Lover

External view of House for Art Lover

Walled garden at House for Art Lover

External view of House for Art Lover

Inside Burrell Collection at Glasgow

Burrell Collection

Burrell Collection

Burrell Collection

Burrell Collection

External view of Burrell Collection building

Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Necropolis

Inside Glasgow Cathedral

Govan Stones

Inside Govan Old Parish Church

Base of cross at Govan Old Church
Hogback carved stone at Govan Old Church

Constantine sarcophagus at Govan Old Church


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Edinburgh and Rosslyn Tour

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rosslyn Chapel, 15th century.
Carved ceiling at Rosslyn Chapel

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Royal Mile with Fringe in process

John Knox House, Edinburgh

Inside Scottish Parliament with guide.

Inside of Scottish Parliament

External, view of Scottish Parliament

Rosslyn Castle

Remains of Rosslyn Castle

View of New Lanark ( World Heritage Site)

River Clyde at New Lanark

View of New Lanark site, 18th century water powered cotton mill.


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Visit Scotland Tour

Wallace Monument with statue of Braveheart

Floating children at Stirling Castle

View of Stirling Castle from main approach

View from Stirling Castle towards Wallace Monument and Ochills

Argyll's Lodgings, Stirling
View towards Ochills from Stirling Castle

View of Lake of Menteith from hotel restaurant

Highland gentleman at Loch Katrine
Tour of Glengoyne Distillery

Group pic at Glengoyne

Tour group at Glengoyne Distillery
Glengoyne tour

Highland Gentleman with new friend at Loch Katrine


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Roman Gask Project Tour

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Day 3 of excavation on the intersection of the Roman road and the temporary camp east of Innerpeffray cutting. The aim of the excavation is to establish whether the road or the camp came first and provide a better understanding of the dates of the various Roman sites nearby.
Thinking on Day 3 was that the camp came first and then the road was built later after filling in part of the camp ditch.However, because of weak road foundations at this point part of the road subsequently subsided into the old ditch.

This is a view of a site close to Innerpeffray which is the remains of the protective ditch which surrounded a huge 130 acre temporary Roman army camp. The ditch is still about 4 feet high in places.

View from Innerpeffray library towards Crieff with the river Earn in the foreground.

View out from Innerpeffray Library. Note Georgian architecture.

Visitors to the dig from the nearby Innerpeffray library. The flag is that of the Madertie family.

Early stages of the Roman dig.

The dig site in context of the landscape.

River Earn from Kinkell Bridge.

Kinkell Bridge

Muthill war memorial with some unusual visitors.

View from remains of historic church ruin at Muthill which may date back to the early 1000s.

Tower of ancient church at Muthill.
Landscape from the dig site.

Inside of the ancient Collegiate Chapel of St. Mary (1508) at Innerpeffray.

External view of Innerpeffary Chapel.

Innerpeffray Castle, a romantic ruin. This was built by 1st Lord Madertie. It is a beautiful, but roofless, example of a gentleman's fortalice.

Innerpeffary Castle

Innerpeffray Castle

Innerpeffray Castle


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Clan Currie Tour

Sunday, August 19, 2007

View of Rothesay from Canada Hill

View of Rothesay Castle

The 60th anniversary/Diamond Jubilee Games proved to be the "Aqua Games" as heavy rain fell continuously throughout the day. The event also featured the 2007 reunion of Clan Currie Society, which adopted the Bute Highland Games as their "home" games in Scotland four years ago in recognition of Bute's strong Currie connections and the spirit of hospitality they received there, and which became a life patron of the Games in 2004.
Clan Commander and others in the Clan Currie tent.

Here is an image of the Waverley departing Rothesay at end of the day. Image is affected by the heavy downpour.

Another image of the Waverley

Tossing the caber.

The caber is a pole about 18 feet long weighing about 115 pounds. The athlete holds the caber upright, grasping it by its thin end, and throws it so that it lands on its heavy end and flips over. The throw is not judged on distance, but direction. If the thrower is imagined to stand at the center of a clock with 6 at his back, the thin end ideally falls at a 12 o'clock position.

Another image of caber tossing.
Heavy event in process

Hammer throwing competition

Pipe Band competition

Hammer throwing
Athletics race
Athletics race
Pipe Band competition. Note absence of waterproofs in heavy rain!!
Pipe Band competition

Pipe Band competition

Pipe Band


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Kilmartin Glen Tour

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Achnabreck carvings. These decorated outcrops from the most extensive group of pre-historic carvings in Scotland. The most common motif is a hollow or cup surrounded by up to seven rings, often with a gutter running from the cup outwards.





Temple Wood Stone Circle
Nether Largie Standing Stones. These may have been used in the second millenium BC. Three of the stones are decorated with carvings

Chambered Cairn at Nether Largie South

View from inside Nether Largie South; this was built around 3000BC

Nether Largie North with Kilmartin in background


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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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