Visit Wallace Monument Stirling
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tour Pitlochry Pub Scotland
Monday, December 29, 2008
Visit Ardoch Roman Fort, Scotland
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Very impressive earthworks.
Tour Gorbals Pubs Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, December 27, 2008
This pub is patronised by supporters of Celtic FC, one of Scotland's top soccer clubs. No doubt much celebration here tonight, as earlier today, Celtic beat their arch rivals, Rangers 1-0.
The following two images show the entrance to 'Durty Nellies' bar. It would be interesting to learn the origin of this bar's name!
Glasgow Gorbals Architecture Tour Scotland
Friday, December 26, 2008
Historically, the Gorbals has been a byword for social deprivation but during the 1960s and 1970s the slums were replaced by some very interesting modern buildings with attractive design.
Here is a very 'average' apartment block (social housing) which would appear to date from the 1960s.
This is more interesting and very recent. I like the subtle, contrasting colours.
Here is a tower block (possibly 1970s vintage) viewed through the avenue at the Southern Necropolis.
This attractive building can be found in the centre of the Gorbals.
This office block can be found on Caledonia Road.
Apartments on Caledonia Road
More residential architecture on Caledonia Road
I can arrange and provide architecture themed tours of Glasgow.
Tour Southern Necropolis Glasgow Scotland
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This is located close to the Gorbals area and is home to the last resting place of some 250,000 deceased in a space of some 21 acres.
The site was opened in 1840.
A fascinating pace with grave markers recording wealthy citizens of what was then an upscale area.
Winter view towards Hutchesontown and Glasgow City
View of the cemetery looking towards the Gorbals
Avenue of trees with view to the entrance and high rise block behind. Ancient and modern!
Formal entrance to cemetery. It is possible to drive a car through the entrance and around the site.
This site is a 'must' for visitors wishing to get an understanding of the people and history of the Gorbals and Hutchesontown.
Tour Glasgow Gorbals Scotland
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here is one of the few remaining old tenement ( apartment) buildings for which the Gorbals was notorious.
This is a street sculpture named the 'Gorbals Boys' by Liz Peden and dates from Aug 29th 2008. The statues are named Joe, Nicky and Lee.
This is the entrance to the Southern Necropolis which holds the remains of wealthy citizens dating form the 18th and 19th centuries when this part of Glasgow was considered 'upscale'. Some of the memorials have been vandalised, albeit in the past, which adds a somewhat eerie tone to the the place, especially in the evenings. Would make a good film set for a horror movie!
Here is an example of some modern architecture at the junction of Caledonia Road and Laurieston Road. I find this very impressive and stylish.
This is 'Greek' Thomson's Caledonia Road Church dating from 1856-7 and is a building of national importance. It was gutted by fire in 1965. Interestingly, Thomson is buried just a few hundred yards (meters) away in the Southern Necropolis.
Here is a street scene showing the pub with tower blocks (social housing) in the distance.
This is a former church on Pollockshaws Road which is now used as a hostel for the homeless.
Here is the Brazen Head Pub at 1-3 Cathcart Road. This is patronised by Celtic supporters.
More Gorbals images and comment tomorrow.
Tour Gorbals Parish Church Glasgow
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I have lots of images to post, but regrettably, there seem to be technical problems with blogger.com tonight as a function of which it has taken about 1 hour to get just one image posted.
This is of the Gorbals Parish Church (Church of Scotland) located at 5 Cumberland Street.
Hopefully, Google will allow me to post a wider selection of images tomorrow.
Tour Central Glasgow Pubs Scotland
Monday, December 22, 2008
The first two images are of Pivo Pivo located at 15-17 Waterloo Street. This establishment serves a selection of world beers and food.
This is the Rhoderick Dhu at 21-23 Waterloo Street. The bar is named after a Scottish Clan Chief.
More images to follow..
Tour Clarkston Christmas Farmers Market Glasgow
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here is a cheese and honey stall
This is the stall of Carmichael Estate Farm Meats, an enterprise which, allegedly, dates back to 1292.
Jam and bakery products
Products from olive oil
A selection of cheeses
Very popular bakery stall
The following two images show the products of Strathgaven Ales, a micro brewery located about 1 mile from the country town of Strathaven
Ostrich, venison and other meat products.
By coincidence, this farmers' market followed on from yesterday's market at Queen's Park. A different shopping experience to that offered by the supermarkets!
Tour Queen's Park Farmers Market Glasgow Scotland
Saturday, December 20, 2008
First image evidences the heavy rainfall of yesterday with the local properties reflected in the flooded pathway at Queen's Park.
Here is a stall selling turkeys-birds, not banks or auto manufacturers!
A stall selling olive based products. I am not aware that Scotland possesses many olive groves, but with climate change, maybe one day!
Pork, Lamb and Beef
General view of stalls
This gentleman is selling blueberry juice and raspberry juice. He is a good salesman-he persuaded me to buy a bottle on the strength of a free sample.
General overview of the market stalls.
Overall, I enjoyed myself and by chance met up with a business acquaintance. The market was well patronised by the local community.
Labels: Glasgow South
Pubs and Bars of Glasgow Scotland
Friday, December 19, 2008
The first two images show the Quarter Gill at 42 Oswald Street (near the City Centre). Note interesting collection of street furniture outside the entrance.
This is the Kiloran Bar at 219 Eglinton Street, close to the Gorbals.
More images to follow tomorrow.
Tour Paisley Scotland at Christmas
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here is historic Paisley Abbey
Paisley Town Hall
Paisley Town centre
White Cart Water
Another image of the Abbey
An interesting evening aided by reasonably clement weather.
Tour Glasgow's Bars Scotland
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This first image is of the Allison Arms at 720, Pollockshaws Road.
This is the Bon Accord at 153 North Street, close to the Mitchell Library. This is described as an 'Ale House' and specialises in Real Ale.
More images and info to follow.
Tour of Glagow's Best pubs
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here is an image of The Avalon, 25 Kent Road. This is located close to the Mitchell Library.
Tour Glasgow's Historic Pubs Scotland
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tour Glasgow's Pubs and Bars Scotland
Sunday, December 14, 2008
First image is Nicensleazy, a student orientated bar located at 421 Sauchiehall Street.
Food, drink and music with a 1950s theme.
This is Nico's Cafe Bar at 375 Sauchiehall Street. This offers beer, wine, snacks and live music.
Glasgow Architecture Tour Scotland
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The following three images show the Aurora Building dating from 2006. This is located at 120 Bothwell Street. Cost was GBP55M and designed by Cooper Cromar.
I was very impressed by the slightly concave front of the building shimmering in the sunlight.
Here is something completely different! The following images show the Mitchell Library in North Street. This solid Victorian building dates from 1891-3 and was designed by William B Whitie.
The building is a major public resource in Glasgow containing Glasgow city archives and a large public reference library. Very useful for persons wishing to trace Glasgow ancestry.
Entrance to the building.
Glasgow is full of fascinating architecture including designs by Mackintosh and Greek Thomson.
Contact me for a dedicated architecture tour.
Labels: Glasgow Architecture
Tour Dunkeld Region Perthshire Scotland.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Images were taken in the early morning and temperature about zero Centigrade.
This first image is of the River Tay looking upstream. On the right bank, behind the trees, is located Dunkeld Cathedral, a famous religious site dating back about 1500 years. The Tay represents Scotland's largest river system. Origin of the name 'Tay' is unknown but may mean 'fast flowing water' or similar. Phonetically, not dissimilar to the River Tyne in England.
Hear is an image of Dalguise, a small village located in the Tay Valley about 3 miles from Dunkeld. Dalguise is a rural/residential community with connection to Beatrix Potter who vacationed there and obtained inspiration for some of her characters, e.g.Mrs Tiggy Winkle.
Another winter morning view of the Tay Valley at Dalguise looking east.
The following two images are of Dunkeld town centre. This is a prosperous small town, popular with tourists. Central location is ideal for touring Scotland. Note the hotel is named 'Atholl'. Many places and streets feature the name 'Atholl' in this part of Scotland with reason being vast tracts of the area are owned by the Duke of Atholl whose base is nearby at Blair Castle.
Exclusive Whisky Tour Perthshire Scotland
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Our first call was Glenturret Distillery near Crieff. This claim to be Scotland's oldest distillery (founded 1775) and is closely associated with the Famous Grouse Brand. Glenturret single malt is a constituent of the Famous Grouse Blend.
Glenturret is reliant of water from nearby Loch Turret. This is a small distillery with only one pair of stills. The whisky is made with lightly peated malt and matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
We availed of the Connoisseur tour which included tastings.
Regrettably photography is not allowed inside the Distillery.
External view with whisky casks.
Enjoying some wee drams at the conclusion of the tour.
This bottle of whisky is available for GBP6,000.00 at the Distillery shop. A gift for special friend?!
Another view of the distillery
At midday we went high up in the Ochills to visit Castle Campbell. This sits on a site which has probably been fortified since prehistoric times. Closely associated with Clan Campbell, it was at this site that the Protestant reformer John Knox converted the Campbells to the Reformed faith and thereby influencing the dominance of Protestantism in Scotland.
The castle was embroiled in the conflicts arising from the English civil war and was partly burned by General Monck in 1654.
Overall, a good example of a late 15th century Tower House.
We had benefit of a tour escorted by the resident Steward, Ken.
View of the Tower House
View from the Castle looking east with Dollar in the middle distance.
Hall and Chamber Range viewed form the terrace gardens
After a spot of lunch at nearby Dollar we moved on to Tullibardine Distillery where we enjoyed a malt tasting tour led by expert guide, Gavin.
Here is a pic of the group with Gavin at commencement of the tour.
Here is Gavin explaining the process at the Mash Tun. It here that sugar is extracted from the malted barley using hot water
Yeast plays an important role in the fermentation process.
Here are the stills which produce the alcohol.
Happy group of visitors
This is maturing barrels of whisky. About 2pct p.a. is lost through evaporation and is known as the 'Angels Share'.
Group members enjoyed tastings from the casks.
At conclusion of the tour, Gavin provided further insight into the different type of whiskies.
Overall, a good tour. We all came away better informed on the ancient skill of whisky making.
Pubs of Glasgow
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is an Irish themed bar. Club venture is located next door.
Pub Tour Glasgow Scotland
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Below are images of two pubs located in Sauchiehall Street.
This is the Sauchiehaugh at number 410
This is the Henglers Circus at no 361
More to follow..
Best Pubs of Glasgow Scotland
Monday, December 08, 2008
Here is the Toby Jug in Hope Street
This is the Laurieston, corner of Bridge Street and Nelson Street.
This is a follow-up image of the Glaswegian from yesterday's posting. A loyal 'Rangers' pub.
More to follow..
Tour Glasgow Pubs Scotland
Sunday, December 07, 2008
This afternoon, I am continuing my Glasgow pub theme with an image of the Glaswegian Bar at corner of Bridge Street and Nelson Street.
This pub is very football (soccer) orientated, as is evidence by the flags. Strongly connected with Glasgow Rangers.
Whisky Tour Glasgow
Saturday, December 06, 2008
In Hope Street ( City Centre) I came across the Pot Still which featured on the local TV news a few days ago. This bar actually specializes in scotch whisky. The bar tender informed me there about 200 single malts in stock.
The TV news item mentioned the bar is heavily patronised by visitors from Sweden. Sure enough, the only people in the bar when I visited was a group of seven Swedes with whom I had a chat-and discussed the possibility of a whisky (distillery) tour for them.
To my mind, the name of the bar does not immediately lend itself to its niche product. Maybe the title Exclusive Scotch Whisky Bar would be a better description and more easily understood by locals and visitors alike.
The first two images are of the inside of the bar, showing then extensive range of malts.
This is the entrance to the bar in Hope Street
I have recently commenced providing whisky tours so please contact for more information.
Glasgow's Best Pubs Scotland
Friday, December 05, 2008
The following three images feature the Auctioneers pub at 6 North Street, in the centre of town.
This is the aptly named 78 St Vincent Street
More to follow....
Visiting Glasgow's Best Pubs Scotland
Thursday, December 04, 2008
The following two images are of All Bar One at 56 St. Vincent Street.
The following two images are of Failte at 79 St Vincent Street. Failte means welcome in Gaelic.
This is Denholms at 17 Hope Street
More to follow....
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Here are some images of more of Glasgow's pubs.
The first two images are of the Drum & Monkey, 95 St. Vincent Street
This is the Grant Arms, 186 Argyle Street
Crystal Palace, 36 Jamaica Street
More to follow....
Visit Glasgow Pubs Scotland
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Here is the Imperial at 6 Howard Street
This is MacSorleys Bar at 142 Jamaica Street.
This is the Square Peg at St. Enoch Square
More to follow...
Tour frosty Glasgow
Monday, December 01, 2008
This morning was clear, cold and frosty and thereby offering good opportunities for ice themed pics. I selected the field behind my home where I was able to obtain some good images of ice covered vegetation in the bright sunlight. Overall, I am reasonably happy with the results shown below.The few remaining red hawthorn berries offer good contrasts against the icy white background. Image number 1 may make a good Christmas Card!
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