Tour Culzean Castle Gardens
Thursday, July 31, 2008
You can visit the parks and the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden at Culzean, which has a grand entrance gate designed by Robert Adam and dated 1786. The gardens and parks at Culzean are composed with a vinery, glasshouses, wildlife garden, herb garden, children’s adventure playground, deer park, orangery, camellia house, gas house exhibition and the swan pond, from which you can see the pagoda.
The walled gardens were first laid out between 1775 and 1786. They were supposed to provide food for the Castle and estate from the kitchen garden, and to provide a pleasure garden composed with exotic plants for the guests.
Walled garden and the Vinery
Tour King's Park Glasgow Scotland
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Glasgow is composed with a lot of beautiful parks and gardens, like this one. King's Park is also a suburb area of Glasgow, situated in the south of the River Clyde.
Tour Shawlands Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Shawlands is an inner suburb of Glasgow, in Scotland and offers a diverse range of independent shops as well as a wide range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, and serves as an entertainment and shopping hub for many of Glasgow's southern suburbs.
There are bowling clubs and greens and the biggest public park in Scotland, Queen's Park which has allotments, a botanical garden glass house, public tennis courts, a public golf course, children's play areas, a boating pond, farmer's markets and a hill affording unrivalled views of the city.
Shawlands is served by many toddler groups, and kindergarten nurseries. Langside Primary, Shawlands Primary and Shawlands Academy are large old Victorian sandstone school buildings.
Lake Menteith Tour Scotland
Monday, July 28, 2008
Set in The Trossachs, the Lake of Menteith is supposed to be the only lake in Scotland, and is also a site of Special Scientific Interest due to its exceptional fauna and flora, with eagles and ospreys. It is also very appreciated for fishing. You can aslo find the Inchmahome Priory, which is situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Menteith.
Black Sheep Tour Scotland
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Fintry and Meikle Bin Walk Scotland
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This was a 19 km walk called "Meikle Bin", near the Canon Valley Reservoir. The weather was not really appealing, but we enjoyed the beautiful senery and the views.
Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Tour
Friday, July 25, 2008
However, it was possible inside the new building. You are also welcome to sit and listen to any kind of debate. Scotland's new Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags.
When the Scotland Act 1998 was passed it led to the establishment of the first Scottish Parliament since 1707.
Tour Salisbury Crags Edinburgh Scotland
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags are twin rock formations (an extinct volcano and a glacial rock formation) to the north-east of Edinburgh City Centre, in the grounds of the Royal Holyroodhouse Park.
Salisbury Crags are a series of cliffs, reaching up to 150 feet in height. The crags were formed approximately 340 million years ago, around about the same time as Arthur's Seat.
Salisbury Crags are always very popular with joggers, walkers and tourists, as you can get beautiful views of Edinburgh from there.
Day Tour Linlithgow Palace Scotland
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
You can find between Falkirk and Edinburgh the lovely little town of Linlithgow, where the palace is situated. The 15th-century ruin is set on the edge of Linlithgow Loch and is associated with James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542), who were both born here. James V was also married here, to Mary of Guise, and Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the palace during the 1745 rebellion. One year later, the palace was badly damaged by fire during its occupation by General Hawley's troops, prior to their defeat by Jacobite forces under Prince Charles at the Battle of Falkirk.
View from the Tower
The North Range Interior
Linlithgow Palace Outside
Linlithgow Palace Inside
Personalized Edinburgh Tour
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
From South Queensferry, we first went to Linlithgow Palace, then had a quick visit of Rosslyn Chapel, as well as the Royal Yatch Britannia. We went back to Edinburgh, enjoying the beautiful views from the Calton Hill. We then visited the Palace of Holyrood House, and the former building for the Scottish Parliament (Old Scottish Parliament), which is now exclusively used by legal professions.
I also took some pictures of the city from the Salisbury Crags, situated in Holyrood park.
Remains of a castle at Rosslyn Chapel
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Monuments at Calton Hill and views
"New" Scottish Parliament Building
Salisbury Crags and views
Tour of Edinburgh City Centre
Visit Luss Scotland
Monday, July 21, 2008
Luss is a very popular village as it is the setting for the Scottish TV Soap "Take the High Road", and is a lovely spot with beautiful views, as the village is situated around Loch Lomond.
It was originally a village built for slate miners. There were several mills including a corn-mill, a sawmill and even a cotton-mill. Around 1850, the laird cleared their old, turf-thatched cottages and built a new model village for his workers. But many villagers worked in the slates quarries, and you can still find the slates on the roofs of many Glasgow tenements. Luss is now a Conservation Village.
The name Luss could be derived from the Gaelic "Lus", a plant, but others have suggested that it comes from the French "Luce", a lily.
Tour Inchmahome Priory Scotland
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Inchmahome is an idyllicaly-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. Much of the 13th-century building remains. It sheltered the child Mary Queen of Scots in 1547. Rich in wildlife, the woodlands are carpeted in wildflowers and the lake is visited by waterfowl, including herons and great crested grebes. You can also find some friendly ducks, which will follow you around and ask for food.
Tour of Trossachs Scotland
Saturday, July 19, 2008
There is also a selection of pictures of the Stirling Castle and Doune Castle.
Roman Tour Ardoch Fort Scotland
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today I am presenting some pictures of an ancient Roman site, The Ardoch Fort.
The Ardoch fort was part of the Gask Ridge system, which was actually a frontier system. So the Gsk Ridge is an early series of fortification built by the Romans in Scotland, between AD70 and AD80.
The fort at Ardoch constitutes the most impressive remains of any Roman site in Scotland. After the abandonment of Inchtuthil it formed part of the Gask "frontier system" until that was abandoned in the late 80s. In the Antonine period the fort was refurbished to serve as an outpost for the Antonine Wall, but had reduced to about 5.7acres (2.3 hectares).
You can find 5 defensive ditches on the north and east sides of Ardoch Fort. They are the result of successive reductions in the size of the fort, as it had an area of some 3.5 hectares, before being reduced in the Antonine period.
Rough Castle and Antonine Wall Roman Theme Tour
Thursday, July 17, 2008
In the second century AD, during the reigh of the Roman emperor Antonius Pius, the Romans conquered Scotland and built the Antonine Wall, one of the most massive and important surviving frontier works of the Roman Empire in Scotland. The wall comprised at the time a ditch which fronted it, and some forts and fortlets, which were actually fortified encampments.
About these forts, the most representative one is for sure the Rough Castle. The remains of it are highly visible and very well preserved. You can find the short lenght of military way with quarry pits, designed to surprise ennemies. Excavated in 1902/3, 1920 and 1957-61, this is one of the smallest forts on the Antonine Wall, with ramparts of turf enclosing an internal occupation area.
Private Roman Day Tour of Perthshire
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Today I am presenting some pictures of our day trip to Falkirk and Perthshire with a Roman Scotland theme.
We went today to Falkirk to see the remains of the Rough Castle, ( Bonnybridge) from Roman History. You can see its well preserved ramparts, highlighting the fort, and also some stretches of the Antonine Wall, which was built from AD138 to 1442. The Antonine Wall (now a World Heritage Site) was used as a means of defence. You can also find a series of pits arranged in checkerboard configuration. they once contained sharpened stakes camouflaged with twigs and foliage. these pitfalls called "lilia" were used to stop and surprise the ennemy.
Then we went to Dunning, and met a very helpful local gentleman who drove us to an ancien roman site, in the Kincladie woods. You can find there a Roman Dyke which formed part of the outer boundaries of a temporary Roman Camp . After that, we saw the Dupplin Cross, which was before in Edinburgh and then placed to the care of Historic Scotland in 2002, and has been by ST Serf Church in Dunning since that time. The Dupplin Cross dates from arround AD800.
And also, a quick visit to another ancient roman site, Ardoch Fort, which dates arround AD80 in Braco and saw the Findo Gask Ridge and the Library of Innerpeffray, which well worth the visit.
ST Serf Church and Dupplin Cross
Innerpeffray Chapel and Library
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Culzean Castle Scotland
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It is one of Scotland's great castles and the National Trust for Scotland's most visited property. Culzean enjoys a magnificient setting, perched high on a clifftop above a rocky shore and surrounded by 563 acres of country park. Culzean was designed by Robert Adam and built in 1772-90 for David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassilis as a replacement for the original 15th-century castle. Adam's customary meticulous attention to detail and love of classical embellishment is highly visible, especially inside the castle.
The castle contains a collection of paintings and 18th-century furniture and an armoury, and there is General Dwight David Eisenhower Room, which celebrates the former US President's military career and his association with Culzean. He stayed several times as a guest of the Kennedys and the top Floor was given to him by the erstwhile owners.
There is also a vast country park composed of formal gardens, woodland paths, clifftop trails. You can also find the Swan Pond, the ice house and the walled gargen with a Victorian vinery.
Sorn Ancestry Tour Scotland
Monday, July 14, 2008
You can see the sign of the French Resistance during World War II at the bottom, showing that this person had links with the Resistance at that time. Here is a perfect example proving that a lot of British soldiers were parachuted in France during the War.
Eastwood Ramblers Walk to Sorn Scotland
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It is settled on both sides of the River Ayr, and won several communities in bloom awards. A long time ago, agriculture and mining were the most important activities in the village. You can also see the Sorn Castle, which stands on The River Ayr. Dating from the 14th century, it has some connections with several Monarchs and had garrisoned troops.
We also walked through Catrine Village. Catrine was a thriving mill town for nearly 2 centuries. Today it is more of a residential area.
Customized Tour of Glasgow and Paisley
Saturday, July 12, 2008
We went to the Mackintosh House, called "House for an Art Lover". This house is a modern-looking building and was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous Glaswegian architect (1868-1928). He had a considerable influence on European design.
We also visited the Burrell Collection. The Burrell Collection is composed of more than 9,000 items, from all over the world. It was a gift to the city of Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance.
We also had a quick tour of Paisley Abbey.
Here is a selection of pictures.
Personalized Tour of Ayrshire Scotland
Friday, July 11, 2008
Inside the Burns Cottage, the story of Robert Burns.
View from the Culzean Castle
The Swan Pond of Culzean Castle
Day tour of Edinburgh
Thursday, July 10, 2008
We went into the Rosslyn Chapel and also to Calton Hill to enjoy the beautiful view.
Then, back to Edinburgh, to see The Queen's Gallery (Palace of Holyrood) : there was an exhibition called "Art of Italy in the Royal Collection (Renaissance)" and we visited the facinating Palace of Holyrood House.
We also entered the Scottish Parliament then we walked through the city and visited Old Scottish Parliament, which is now used by the legal professions. We took some pictures of the Edinburgh Cathedral and went to the National Gallery Complex.
Beverley and La Rue from San Antonio
Views from Calton Hill
Customized Ancestry Tour of Paisley Scotland
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Paisley is a fascinating place, very rich in history and well worth a visit. It is also close to Glasgow's International Airport.
Tour Ceres Scotland
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It is an ancient village lying three miles south of Cupar. Tradition says that the village and ancient cobbled bridge have been there for more than 650 years, that the men of Ceres marched across the bridge on their way to the battle of Bannockburn and on their return celebrated their victory with games on the village green. The Highland Games are still an annual event, on the last Saturday of June with the Ceres Derby the highlight of the day. Ceres is also well known for its beautiful cottages.
Tour Giffnock Glasgow Scotland
Monday, July 07, 2008
Giffnock is a safe, quiet community which comprises a lot of churches and local services, a Mercedes-Benz car dealer, a BMW car dealer, a Morrisons superstore and many restaurants, tandooris, cafes, snack bars, take-aways, newsagents, butchers, clothing shops, boutiques and banks; with a population of about 9350 people. Most houses are made of sandstones.
Churches and synagogue : Giffnock is the home of Scotland's largest Jewish community.
Two quick views of Giffnock's main street
Day Ramblers Walk Greenock Tour Scotland
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Greenock is a former fishing village (1500's), and became a major trading and shipbuilding point. It was also the point of departure for emigrants to America. Inverkip however, has another "history", as it was the centre for witchcraft during the 1600's.
Though it was a rainy 10 mile walk, we were able to enjoy some beautiful views of the Highlands, the river Clyde and the Loch Thom. Here is a selection of pictures.
Day Tour Eaglesham Scotland
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Eaglesham is a lovely little conservation village in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow and Strathaven. Eaglesham takes its name from the French world "eglise" (church), earning this as a result of its apparent abundance of places of worship in the past. In more recent times, however, this has shrunk to only two congregations: one Roman Catholic and one Presbyterian (Church of Scotland).So Eaglesham is a small community with churches, local shops and services, farms... One of them is called the Polnoon Farm, and from there you can see the remains of the Polnoon Castle.
However you can also find some interesting pieces of architecture in Eaglesham.
A local farmer told us that many people of the village were employed in cotton mills and in agricultural fields.
This is the Freemasons lodge 1265
There are also green areas within the village.
The farms, with beautiful views and green landscapes, and the ruins.
Huntingtower Castle Perth Scotland
Friday, July 04, 2008
Also known as The House of Ruthven, Huntingtower Castle was built by the Ruthven family in the 15th century, and it comprises two fine and complete tower houses. the hall of the eastern tower has fine painted walls and ceiling. The castle is home to two colonies of Natterers and Pipistrelle bats.
Golf at St Andrews Scotland
Thursday, July 03, 2008
St Andrews is, in effect, the home of golf. we went to the Old Course Hotel and Golf Resort, which is a five star luxury resort including hotel, championship parkland golf course and extensive spa facility.
The citizens of St Andrews have been playing golf for a very long time, even before 1457 when the Scottish Parliament tried to ban the game. No one in the town took the ban seriously and by 1553 they had an inalienable right to play golf on the Links.
The Old Course hosted the Open during the millennium year and did so again in 2005. You can also walk on the famous Swilken Bridge, which has been crossed by a lot of professional golfers from all over the world.
Tour of Stirling Castle Scotland
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The castle dates mainly from the 15th and 16 th centuries when it was a principal royal residence, seeing the birth of James III, the childhood of James V and the crowning of the infant Mary Queen of Scots. Work in the 16th century largely shaped the structure as it survives today. Its main features are the central turreted gatehouse with its flanking towers and curtain wall, the Great Hall, the Palace and the Chapel Royal.
Braveheart Wallace Monument Tour
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
William Wallace (AKA "BRAVEHEART") was born in Elderslie. During the 1290s Scotland was under English control which led to resentment. Wallace became famous for rebellion in the south of England. In 1297, he was knighted and became Guardian of Scotland. But in 1302 Scotland failed against England and in 1305 Wallace is arrested, and executed on August 23rd.
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