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Trip to Mains Castle, East Kilbride, Scotland

Friday, January 08, 2010

In Glasgow, like the rest of the country, we remain gripped in a vicious cold spell. This morning I was somewhat despondent as the area was covered by freezing fog, conditions obviously not conducive to travelling and photos. However, I hung on till the afternoon by which time the outdoors was transformed into sunny skies, albeit with temperature still below zero.

After lunch I ventured out to photograph Mains Castle at East Kilbride in the West of Scotland. This building is actually located on the edge of a local heritage park incorporating an artificial 16 acre loch (lake) which is home to usual array of waterfowl (swans, ducks, etc.). About 95 pct of the water surface is frozen over leaving just a tiny area of fresh water for the birds which are obviously suffering from the cold spell but I did notice a kind couple providing some relief with a loaf of bread.

Here are a couple of images of Mains Castle which dates from the 15th century and is actually a private home following extensive restoration. The castle features five floors, a great hall, minstrels gallery, a vault and ramparts on top. Originally connected with the powerful Comyn family it is rumoured that Mary Queen of Scots may have spent a night there. Looks very picturesque against background of blue sky and snow covered landscape.

Here are some kind folks feeding the birds with castle in the background.

This video shows the frozen loch (lake) and castle. Evidently, some brave souls have walked across the ice!



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