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Hikers meet easy riders

This evening, I am reporting on today’s group around the town of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, about 25 miles south of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland.

The hiking route covered 7.5 miles during which the group encountered:

  • Horse riders.
  • Murals
  • Waterfalls
  • Geese
  • A medieval castle
  • Avon Water ( river).
  • Sheep with lambs.
  • A fisherman.
  • Village of Sandford

Warm temperatures and blue skies added to enjoyment.

Srathaven Park, Scotland

Fisherman, Avon Water, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Spectacle ‘E’ Falls, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Gaggle of Geese

Sandford, South Lanarkshire

Avon Water Landscape, South Lanarkshire

Landscape with sheep and lambs

Consignment of Hay passing through Strathaven, Scotland

Strathaven Castle, Scotland

Spring Narcissus at Strathaven


Strathaven Park, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on important sites in Scotland associated with Clan Maxwell.

The progenitor of Clan Maxwell may have been Maccus, son of Undweyn who was active in the 12th century. Maccus may have been of English or Norwegian descent. He gave his name to Maccuswell and Maccustoun (Maxton), both in the Scottish Borders region. The surname progressively evolved into Maxwell.

Caerlaverock Castle (above) near Dumfries was a major power base for the Maxwells from around the mid 13th century through to 1640.

Other Maxwell sites are in Glasgow, about 85 miles north of Caerlaverock,viz:

Pollok House and Pollok Park in south Glasgow.This area has been home to the Maxwells since the mid 13th century. The current 18th century mansion replaced a medieval castle the foundations of which can still be seen.

The Maxwells were also major benefactors in the Pollokshields region providing financial assistance to construction of the Sir John Maxwell Primary School (now redundant) and Pollokshields Burgh Hall (still in use). There is also a Maxwell Road in Pollokshields and a pub in Shawlands called the Sir John Stirling Maxwell (1866-1956)

Sir John Maxwell Primary School, Pollokshields, Glasgow


Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow, Scotland


Maxwell Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow


Sir John Stirling Maxwell Pub, Shawlands, Glasgow

Newark Castle in Port Glasgow, about 20 miles west of Glasgow. This was built by the Maxwells of Calderwood with 16th century mansion added by Sir Patrick Maxwell.

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Crookston Castle, Glasgow was acquired by the Maxwells of Pollok in 1757. It was partially restored to coincide with a visit of Queen Victoria in 1847 and donated to heritage organisation, National Trust for Scotland in 1931 by Sir John Maxwell Stirling-Maxwell.


This evening, I am reporting on Uig and Uig Bay which are located on the N.W. tip of the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.

The name translates from Gaelic and means ‘bay’.

Uig is primarily a ferry port providing important links to Lochmaddy and Tarbert in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Images of the ferries can be seen in this post.

In addition to its port function, Uig has a working pottery and craft brewery. There is also a shop,bar with restaurant and accommodation for travellers.

For visitors touring the island, Uig is well positioned as a refreshment stop being relatively close to the Quaraing and Fairy Glen.