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Hamilton Academical F.C., Hamilton, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Hamilton Academical F.C., a professional football ( soccer ) club in the Scottish Premier League.

Summary facts and information:

  • Established 1874 as the school team of Hamilton Academy and progressively evolved into a professional team ranking in the top flight of Scottish Football.
  • Home ground is New Douglas Park which was opened in 2001 and has a capacity of 6076.The pitch has an artificial surface.
  • The home town, Hamilton has a population of 53,000 and is located in S,W. Scotland about 14 miles S.E.of Glasgow.
  • In 2014/5 season Hamilton ranked 7th in the S.P.L.

Hamilton Academical F.C., Hamilton, Scotland

Hamilton Academical F.C., Hamilton, Scotland

Hamilton Academical F.C., Hamilton, Scotland

Tonight, I am posting information on Bothwellhaugh Roman Bath House which is located in Strathclyde Country Park, south-east of Glasgow.

Summary facts and information as follows:-

  • Constructed about AD 142.
  • Associated with a nearby fort only scant evidence of which remains.
  • Located on low-lying ground near South Calder Water.
  • Bothwellhaugh fort was on the line of a Roman road linking Carlisle (in N.W. England) with the River Clyde (in S.W.Scotland). The fort covered an area of about 4.1 acres and could have held a cohort of up to 480 men.
  • Site occupied twice during the Antonine period ( AD 138-158).
  • Excavated in 1975-6.
  • Reconstructed in original position but at a higher level due to problems with the water table.
  • The bath house consisted of a vestibule,cold room, two warm rooms, a hot room with hot bath and a furnace room.
  • Up to twenty soldiers at a time could have used the bath house.

The site is easily accessible via the country park. Nearest car park is about 5-10 mins walk.

Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths, Strathclyde Country Park,Scotland

Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths, Strathclyde Country Park, Scotland

Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths, Strathclyde Country Park, Scotland

Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths, Strathclyde Country Park, Scotland

Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths, Strathclyde Country Park, Scotland

Lower Falls,Glen Nevis, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Lower Falls which are located about a 15 minute drive south of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The Falls (also known as Polldubh or Black Pool in Gaelic) and can be found close to the end of the road which traverses Glen Nevis. This starts at Fort William and passes the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. A drive along this road offers superb scenery, sometimes with populations of sheep and Highland Cattle. More information:

  • The Falls form part of the River Nevis which rises in the Mamore range of mountains and then flows north-west to flow into Loch Linnhe near Fort William.
  • At the Falls the drop is 10 metres.
  • Just prior to the Falls there is a car park from where visitors undertake a short walk of a few minutes to view the site.
  • Glen Nevis has been used as a location for major films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy, Highlander and Harry Potter.

Video clip of Lower Falls

Tour group at Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Rainbow at Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland