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Tour Culzean Castle Gardens

Thursday, July 31, 2008

This evening I am presenting several images of the gardens at Culzean Castle.

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.

The Fountain in the Castle Garden, near the Orangery

The Camellia House

Camellia House

Camellia House

Camellia House

Camellia House


The Swan Pond

The Pagoda

The Deer Park

A bit of wildlife


Walled garden and the Vinery

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Tour King's Park Glasgow Scotland

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of king's park, in Glasgow.

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.

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Anonymous Things To Do In Glasgow said...

Some great pictures there, well done

July 31, 2008  

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Tour Shawlands Glasgow Scotland

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I am presenting today some images of Shawlands, Glasgow.

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.

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Lake Menteith Tour Scotland

Monday, July 28, 2008

Today I am uploading some pictures of the Lake of Menteith.

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.

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Black Sheep Tour Scotland

Sunday, July 27, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of some unusual black sheep near Newton Mearns, southside Glasgow.

There are 7.5 million sheep in Scotland, but 5 million people!

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Fintry and Meikle Bin Walk Scotland

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I am uploading today some images of our walk with the Glasgow HF Outdoor Club to Fintry.

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.


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Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Tour

Friday, July 25, 2008

Today I am presenting some images of the New Scottish Parliament Building and also the other one, which is now used by legal professions. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the Old Scottish Parliament.

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.

Old Scottish Parliament Building

New Scottish Parliament Building


Inside the New Scottish Parliament

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Tour Salisbury Crags Edinburgh Scotland

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I am presenting today some pictures of Edinburgh taken from the Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.

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.

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Day Tour Linlithgow Palace Scotland

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I am uploading today a series of images and 2 videos of the Renaissance Linlithgow Palace.

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.

Incredible details

Barbican remains

View of the Linlithgow Loch

Swans in the Linlithgow Loch

The Palace from the East

Barbican remains

Stonework Detail

The North Range and Courtyard

The Fountain

Stonework Detail from the Fountain

The Pantry

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The Court Kitchen

The Pantry

View from the Tower

Linlithgow Loch

Linlithgow Loch

The North Range Interior


Linlithgow Palace Outside

Linlithgow Palace Inside

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Personalized Edinburgh Tour

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I am presenting today a selection of pictures and a video of our day tour, with four people on a cruise ship to Edinburgh.

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.

Queensferry with Norwegian Jade

Linlithgow Palace

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


View from the Linlithgow Palace

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Visit Luss Scotland

Monday, July 21, 2008

I am presenting today some pictures of Luss Village.

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.

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Tour Inchmahome Priory Scotland

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Today I am presenting some pictures of the remains of the Inchmahome Priory, set on an island in the Lake Menteith.

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.


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Tour of Trossachs Scotland

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I am presenting today some images and videos of our one day personalized tour with a group of four visitors from New York City. We went to the heritage village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond, which is supposed to be the largest expanse of freshwater in the UK, and The Trossachs. The Trossachs are often regarded as "the Highlands in miniature". You can find there wild glens and sparkling lochs, like the Loch Katrine.

Then, we went to Port of Menteith, to see the Lake of Menteith, which is supposed to be the only lake in Scotland. We took a ferry to an island in the middle of the lake where the ruins of Inchmahome Priory stand. It is a ruined Augustine (The Black Cannons) priory founded in 1238 by Walter Comyn, who was the Earl of Menteith. Then a light lunch at Lake of Menteith Hotel.,

There is also a selection of pictures of the Stirling Castle and Doune Castle.

Loch Lomond

Loch Katrine

Lake of Menteith

Images of The Priory

Doune Castle

Stirling Castle

View of the Wallace Monument from Stirling Castle


Loch Lomond

Lake Menteith


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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.

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Rough Castle and Antonine Wall Roman Theme Tour

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I am uploading today some images of the Rough castle and the Antonine Wall in Perthshire.

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.

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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.

Rough Castle and Antonine Wall


ST Serf Church and Dupplin Cross

Ardoch Fort

Innerpeffray Chapel and Library

Findo Gask Ridge


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Culzean Castle Scotland

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Today, I am presenting some pictures of the Culzean Castle (pronounced "cullane") in Ayrshire.

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.

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Sorn Ancestry Tour Scotland

Monday, July 14, 2008

Here is a picture of a gravestone taken in Sorn's new cemetery.

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.

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Eastwood Ramblers Walk to Sorn Scotland

Sunday, July 13, 2008

We went today to Sorn, a lovely little village in East Ayrshire, with the Eastwood Ramblers.

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.



View of the village

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Customized Tour of Glasgow and Paisley

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Today I am presenting some pictures and of our day tour of Glasgow.

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.

The House for an Art Lover

The Burrell Collection

Paisley Abbey

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Personalized Tour of Ayrshire Scotland

Friday, July 11, 2008

Here are some images and videos of our day tour of Ayrshire. We first went ot the Burns Cottage (Robert Burns was a well known poet in Scotland), then to the Culzean Castle; where you can find for example a beautiful walled garden, a swan pond and of course visit the castle. The top floor of the castle was given to General Dwight David Eisenhower as a thank you from the people of Scotland.

After that, we went to Dundonald Castle to enjoy the beautiful views you can get from there.

The Burns Cottage

Culzean Castle

Dundonald Castle

Inside the Burns Cottage, the story of Robert Burns.

View from the Culzean Castle

The Swan Pond of Culzean Castle

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Day tour of Edinburgh

Thursday, July 10, 2008

We went to Edinburgh today with two ladies from San Antonio, Texas.

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

Images of Rosslyn Chapel which dates back to the 16th century and is currently famous for its links with the Da Vinci Code.

Views from Calton Hill

National Monument at Calton Hill

Palace of Holyrood House

Scottish Parliament

Old Scottish Parliament
St. Giles Cathedral

Edinburgh - Calton Hill View

Inside the Scottish Parliament

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Customized Ancestry Tour of Paisley Scotland

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The focus of this tour was personal ancestry for a family group from Canada whose ancestors originated from the Paisley, Nitshill area.

Paisley is a fascinating place, very rich in history and well worth a visit. It is also close to Glasgow's International Airport.

Today, we went to the The Coats Observatory, then to the Museum nearby (we weren't allowed to take pictures) and took some pictures of the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church. We spent a lot of time in the absolutely beautiful Paisley Abbey and had lunch at The Hurlet, located between Paisley and Barrhead, from where we had a quick overview as well. We crossed a small town called Nitshill and went back to Paisley, to Seedhill Road where we are able to find the ladies ancestor's home (number 19). We then had a great time at the Paisley Thread Mill Museum.

The group

The Abbey

The Coats Observatory

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church

The White Carte Water


The Abbey

Inside the Abbey

The Hurlet bar/restaurant

The Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Sewing Machine

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Tour Ceres Scotland

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Today, I am uploading some images of Ceres.

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.

Ceres Church.

Ceres Inn Lounge Bar.

This is a memorial called The Provost.

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Tour Giffnock Glasgow Scotland

Monday, July 07, 2008

I am uploading today some pictures of a nice and leafy suburb area in East Renfrewshire, called Giffnock, located on the southside of Glasgow.

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

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Day Ramblers Walk Greenock Tour Scotland

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Today we went hiking to Kelly Cut and Cornalees, between Greenock and Inverkip, with the Eastwood Ramblers.

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.

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Day Tour Eaglesham Scotland

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Today I went to Eaglesham.

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.

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Huntingtower Castle Perth Scotland

Friday, July 04, 2008

I am presenting this evening some pictures of the Huntingtower Castle in Perth.

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.

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Golf at St Andrews Scotland

Thursday, July 03, 2008

This evening I am presenting some pictures of St Andrews.

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.


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Tour of Stirling Castle Scotland

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I am presenting this evening some pictures and one video of the Stirling Castle.

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.

Video of the view from Stirling Castle

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Braveheart Wallace Monument Tour

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

This evening I am presenting some pictures of the Wallace Monument.

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.

You can have some beautiful views from the Wallace Monument. On the 2nd picture we can see the Stirling Castle.

This flower called "Foxglove" is quite common on the path up to the Monument.

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