Classic Scotland Tour
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Firstly, here is Glasgow and the Clyde taken from atop the Science Centre Tower-a great view when the visibility is right.
Piper at Blair Castle, Perthshire
Blair Castle. Very well managed and conveniently situated on the main A9 tourist route. Here is based Britain's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders which owes allegiance to the Duke of Atholl.
Fishing on the River Tay in Perthshire.
Cawdor Castle near Inverness. This has loose connections with the Thane of Cawdor (Shakespeare's Macbeth).
Garden at Cawdor. Very vibrant in early summer.
Maze at Cawdor
Glenfarg community garden-small but perfectly formed!
This is Balmoral, a private home of the British royal family. Only the gardens are open to the public during April-July.
More colorful gardens at Balmoral
View of Balmoral
View of River Dee near Balmoral in the Highlands
East Coast fishing village-great for photos and artists.
Here is the famous Old Course at St. Andrews, home of golf
Here are some views of Stirling Castle. I think this is one of the best in Scotland. Lots of interesting architecture reflecting history as a royal palace.
View from Stirling Castle looking towards the Wallace Monument and the Ochills.
Scottish Parliament building. Very controversial design. Explore inside and out and make your own judgement.
National Gallery, Edinburgh. Designed by William Playfair 1845
View of Princes Street, Edinburgh with Calton Hill in the background.
Linlithgow Palace. Close connection s with Scottish royalty including Mary Queen of Scots.Now a ruin.
Here is the outer gate.
The Great Hall
Gallery with Great Hall to the right.
Glenkinchie Distillery. This is conveniently located to the south of Edinburgh. Tours take about 1 hour and are good value.
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Old Course St.Andrews Tour
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Here is an image of play in progress on the Old Course. This is a public course and not owned by the club. Local residents enjoy rights to play.
View from the Royal & Ancient
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Crail Tour East Neuk
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Glen Lyon Tour Perthshire Scotland
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Paisley Abbey Tour
Monday, January 28, 2008
Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan who became High Steward of Scotland. The original priory subsequently became an abbey which was dedicated to St.Mary, St James, St.Martin and St.Milburga. William Wallace of 'Braveheart' fame may have been educated at Paisley Abbey in the 13th century.
Marjory Bruce, daughter of Robert the Bruce died in the Abbey infirmary in 1326 but her unborn son, Robert survived and became the first of the Stewart dynasty from which the British royal family is descended.
The Abbey sits in the center of the historic textile town and is well worth a visit.
Dupplin Cross Tour
The church dates to the 13th century but there is a suggestion of a much earlier church on the site.
The Cross once stood in an open field near to nearby Forteviot (itself once the ancient capital of Scotland) and is an incredibly well preserved condition considering its exposure to the elements for over 1000 years.
The Cross dates from the 9th century and is heavily ornamented. It is believed that the main figure represented to be that of King Constantine, a Pictish king ( c 789-820 AD).
St Serf's Church is now a museum in which the Dupplin Cross is located.
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Housesteads Roman Fort Tour Hadrian's Wall
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Housesteads (Vercovicium) was originally built to house a 1000 strong cohort, possibly Tungrians. The fort is substantial, covering 5 acres ( 2.02 ha) and measures 367 by 610ft (112 by 186 m). It was one of 12 permanent forts added to the new frontier by Hadrian in about AD 124.
Here are a couple of marchers with an eminent archaeologist who happened to be visiting at the same time.
Here is image of a local, Housesteads tour guide in full flow.
Hypocaust system (under floor heating)
General view of the fort which sits atop a hill/escarpment upon which Hadrian's Wall is built.
Here are images of some visiting re-enactment soldiers.
Housesteads is a must for visitors to Hadrian's Wall. Access is via an uphill walk which takes about 10 minutes.
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This is a fascinating (quaint?) village with a history as a Christian centre dating back to around the 7th century. The name is first recorded as Forterkil derived from fortair (a stronghold) and cill ( a cell or church). However the valley has probably been inhabited for some 5000 years.
This celtic cross marks the small burial ground set aside in 1902 for the family of Sir Donald Currie.
Here is an image of the Fortingall yew, reputedly one of the oldest living organisms in Europe, and now a shadow if its former self, but still alive! In the background is the church which was rebuilt 1901-2.
Here is a standing stone dating from around 2000BC
Here is an image of the village which is set in a beautiful Highland Perthshire location.
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Glasgow Scotland Photography Tour
Saturday, January 26, 2008
This is a mix of old and new architecture taken at Southern Necropolis. 20th century and 18th century.
Southern Necropolis in the evening sun. Well worth a visit.
This apparently boring building is in fact one of the few remaining tenements in the notorious Gorbals district. The building is now a boarded up ruin.
This is the Caledonia Road Church which sits on the edge of the Gorbals.It was designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 1856-57 but burned out by vandals in 1965.
The following are images form the Necropolis near Glasgow Cathedral.This is a memorial to the merchant patriarchs of Glasgow and contains the remains of almost every eminent Glaswegian of its day.
This is Glasgow Cathedral
Inside of the Glasgow Cathedral
Central Railway Station
View of the Clyde with 'Squinty Bridge'
View through the Squinty Bridge
View down the Clyde
Paddle Steamer Waverley
View of the Clyde taken from top of Science Centre Tower
Science Centre Tower
Glasgow has much for the photographer especially in the evening when the centre is lit up.
Glamis Castle Tour
Friday, January 25, 2008
Glamis Castle for more than 600 years been associated with the Royal Family, ever since it was gifted to them by King Robert II in 1372.
The castle is set in delightful grounds with a small herd of photogenic Highland Cattle. Here are a few images.
Cattle sheltering from the sun.
View of gardens
View of Glamis Castle from approach road.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The site is close to the line of Hadrian's Wall but pre-dates it. There is evidence to indicate that the Roman military were there from at least AD85.
The first fort was founded about AD85 and abandoned in about AD 92. The visible fort today dates from early 3rd century, covers 1.46ha (3.6acres) and occupies a prominent platform. It sits on a complex sequence of earlier forts.
Apart from a wealth of 'conventional' archaeology, Vindolanda is best known for a unique collection of writing tablets which have been preserved in the anaerobic conditions and afford us a unique insight into military records and day-to-day life.These tablets are now in the British Museum and have been-deservedly- voted one of Britain's top ten historical treasures.
For those with an interest in Roman Britain a visit to Vindolanda must rank as a priority. There is a very good museum on site.
Below are pics of the current site
Here is a view of a replica temple
This is a representation of a piece of of Hadrian's Wall
Archaeologists at work in site.
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Chedworth Roman Villa Tour
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Roman Britain is one of my key passions and visitors should view the Roman tours section of my main website: www.catswhiskerstours.co.uk
Most of Chedworth is enclosed Here is a pic of the hypocaust system-an early form of underfloor central heating.
Here is a mosaic for which Chedworth is famous.
Hopefully, in June I will be leading a Roman Britain tour which should yield many more images of villas and the like.
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St. Andrews Tour
Here is the famous Swilken Bridge where most visitors have their photo taken.
Here is the Old Course with Royal and ancient admin building.
Ruins of the cathedral
St Rules Church
View of castle with tide out
St. Andrews complements a trip along the quaint fishing villages of the Fife Coast. Absolutely great!
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Scotland Distillery Tour
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here is the group having some fun taking pics by a loch.
Here is a representation of the Famous Grouse
Here is the distillery. Shop, restaurant and a number of tours to choose from.
Here is the group enjoying some springtime sunshine
Colourful image of the burn running close to the Distillery. Lost of water is essential for the distilling process.
Overall, a good tour which took in lots of spectacular scenery in the Trossachs
Bourton on the Water Tour
I like Bourton, it is where my wife and honeymooned many years ago. Very quaint-a river running through the centre of a historic and very picturesque little village. Well worth a visit.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here is Anne Hathaway's Cottage, near Stratford upon Avon.
The cottage belonged to the prosperous Hathaway family and was the pre-marital home of William Shakespeare's wife, Anne.
Re-enactment life at Palmer's Farm
Theatre at Stratford
Here are some images of a walking tour around Oxford-Colleges, architecture, Inspector Morse and more...
Hypocaust system at Chedworth Roman Villa
Mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa
View from Edgehill
Quaint cottage near Hidcote
Quaint cottage at Chipping Campden
Garden at Hidcote Manor
Ancient market hall at Chipping Campden
Tower at Broadway
View from Broadway Tower
English pub at Burford
Inside Stratford Church
Old Water Mill at Lower Slaughter
Church at Lower Slaughter
Lower Slaughter View
Bourton on the Water view
Shakespeare's Birthplace at Stratford
Shakespeare's old school at Stratford
Another image of Shakespeare's birthplace
Shakespeare's tomb at Stratford
This was a great tour. We stayed at a superb farmhouse B&B near Moreton in the Marsh.
Croft Moraig Stone Circle Tour Perthshire
This is a good example of a stone circle dating back about 5000 years. Access is easy.
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Isle of Skye Tour
Rainbow at Broadford. The cottage belongs to a local artist.
Here is the base of a Broch, a dry stone built tower, possibly 2000 years old.
Here are images at the Quirang.
Here is the Mealt Falls-very spectacular.
This is Kilt Rock
Skye is a great place for touring. Allow a full day for a tour of the island.
Scotland Broch Tour
Here are some images of the remains of a Broch on the Isle of Skye.
Crannog Tour Perthshire
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Crannogs are high status Iron Age dwellings built on stilts on lochs. They are unique to Scotland and Ireland.
The Crannog Centre is a great place to visit and provides the visitor with a real feel for life 2000 years ago. Here are some pictures of experimental archaeology.
Tour Guide at commencement of tour
Here is the actual Crannog, the only one in the world.
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Hadrian's Wall Path Tour
Exhibits at Chesters Museum
Foundations of Roman Bridge
Marchers in good spirits
Centurion at Housesteads
Section of the Wall at Birdoswald
Roman Scout at Housesteads
Arbeia Roman fort and Museum
At Chesters Roman Fort
A break en-route
Overall a great experience. We even made the evening TV news.
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Innerpeffary lies close to Crieff in Perthshire. It is home to a library dating back to 1763 together with a castle and chapel.
Here is the ruined castle, which is actually a fortalice and can only be viewed from a distance. It was built by the 1st Lord Madertie.
Here is the 16thC Collegiate Chapel of St. Mary.
Interior of the library which contains over 3,800 volumes.
View towards Crieff from the library.
This location is well worth a visit,especially for those with an academic interest in the collection of historic books.
Tour of Iona Scotland
Friday, January 18, 2008
Here are images of the present Abbey, which dates form 1200 AD.
This is an interesting feature from a carved (Pictish?) grave marker.
Inside of the Abbey
External view of the Abbey.
We had a good day. Visit Iona and other Scottish islands with Catswhiskerstours.
Arran Stone Circle Tour Scotland
We had a great tour.
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Prehistoric Rock Art of Scotland Tour
Isle of Arran
Ben Lawers, Perthshire
All of the above images were taken during autumn/fall 2006 in course of a themed tour. There is endless speculation on interpretation of the designs. Contact Catswhiskerstours for more information-and a pre-history themed tour.
Staffa was formed about 60M years ago and consists of immense, hexagonal, basalt pillars formed by the slow cooling of Tertiary basalt lava.
A visit entails a boat trip of about 30 mins and is well worth the voyage. Of interest to photographers, geologists and many others.
Here is Finglal's Cave which inspired Medelssohnn to write his Hebrides Overture in 1829.
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CASTLE CAMPBELL TOUR SCOTLAND
Thursday, January 17, 2008
IONA TOUR SCOTLAND
Iona is an iconic Christian site now occupied by a multi-denominational group. The following images are 'OK' but do not really do the site justice. I will try again tomorrow.
Celtic Cross outside the Abbey.
View of the village from approaching ferry.
Glasgow Architecture Tour
Monday, January 14, 2008
Here is an image of the Willow Tea Rooms at Sauchiehall Street. This was created by Mackintosh for Kate Cranston.
Here are some external images of the Glasgow School of Art which was designed by Mackintosh in 1896. We undertook a guided internal tour during which no pictures were allowed.
Here is the famous house for an Art Lover, designed 1901 but not completed until 1996.
This is a piece of somewhat neglected furniture inside the Ruchill Church Hall.
External view of Ruchill Church Hall-a well planned minor work of Mackintosh.
The following are images of the Mackintosh Church, Queens Cross. This is quite stunning. It is the only designed by Mackintosh which was actually built. Light and space are used to dramatic effect in the interior.
Winter Tour Perthshire
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here is a pic of one of the tallest trees in Britain-near Ossian's Hall on the River Braan.
Here is some curious frozen flotsam. We can't work out what it is.
View of the River Braan from Ossian's Hall
Water view with Ben Vrackie in the distance.
Statue of piper silhouetted against evening sky at House of Braur
View of Ben Vrackie (the speckled mountain) from Braur
Snowy bridge at Braur Falls.
The next three images are of Braur Falls-well worth a visit.
Ben Vrackie with Pitlochry in the middle distance.
River Tay at Grandtully. This is Scotland's premier white water venue.
Caste Menzies (pronounced Mengies) near Aberfeldy
River Tay scenes near Logierait
Views from Kinnaird House
Lounge at Kinnaird House
CLACKMANNANSHIRE CASTLE TOUR
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
- Clackmannan Tower-14th century
- Menstrie Castle-1560
- Castle Campbell-14th century
- Alloa Tower-14th century
- SauchieTower-15th century
Stirling Castle Tour
Monday, January 07, 2008
This is an external view of the Royal Palace. The castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries when it was a palace of the Stewart dynasty.
This is the Great Hall.The external colouring is deliberate-to replicate the original.
Bullet and cannon holes in the principal entrance.These date to the civil war of the 17th century.
Main entrance to the castle
Stirling Castle holds a superb position, sitting on an old volcanic plug.It has witnessed two key battles in Scotland's history-Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge.It is close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and well worth a visit.
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SOUTH GLASGOW CHURCH TOUR
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Firstly, here is an image of an apparent innocuous piece of a nearby public park-which it is. However, this actually the site of a major battle, the most significant to take place within Glasgow city boundaries and which was fought at Langside in 1568. On the morning of 13 May, forces in support of Mary, Queen of Scots were marching from Hamilton towards Dumbarton Castle when they found their path blocked by troops commanded by the Regent Moray.
Moving now to the churches. There are five, almost within spitting distance of each other, including two baptist churches. Here is the first-a Baptist Church. Sorry, but I don't have a wide angle lens. Obviously, a huge edifice.
This one is Church of Scotland
This one dates from the late 1800s and appears no longer in use for religious purposes and is for sale.
This is the other Baptist Church
This is a synagogue
Winter Wonderland Tour
Friday, January 04, 2008
Went out to see heritage property, Greenbank House which has an interesting garden and good for pics at this time of year. Here are a few images of Greenbank in winter.
Glasgow Cycle Ride
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Rouken Glen pond.
Flock of sheep. We see these animals as part of the landscape.This pic was taken very close to the outer edge of Glasgow.
Farm scene. This was not deep in the country but so close to the city that the traffic noise was audible!
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