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Browsing Posts published on February 7, 2008

Luss Tour

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This evening I am presenting some images of Luss, a quaint and popular village located on the shores of Loch Lomond and conveniently situated about 45 mins from Glasgow. Now a ‘picture postcard’ village but was originally constructed by the local landowner to house workers for the slate quarry nearby.

Here is one of the houses.

Inside of the church. We were fortunate with our timing as the church is usually locked and was opened up for a tour group. By Scottish standards the church is relatively young, being constructed in Victorian times, albeit on an ancient site.

Hogback grave markers. These are about 1100 years old and have Viking influences.

View of the beach with swans and Ben Lomond in the distance.

View of the pier.

Luss is great stop as you venture out of Glasgow on the way up north and/or west.

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This evening I am marshalling some images from a 2007 stone circles tour.

Machrie is a very rich site being located on a remote part of the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland.

This site is a fascinating collection of prehistoric monuments, chambered tombs, hut circles and six megalithic rings.

The variety of design suggests that the various structures were erected over a span of hundreds of years in what may have been a sacred area.Will we ever know why they were built and what precise function they served? The scale of the task in transporting and shaping the stones would suggest a wealthy and hierarchical society about 4000-5000 years ago.

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This evening I am presenting some images of Linlithgow Palace. This is accessible from Edinburgh.

The Palace is now a romantic ruin, having been destroyed by fire in 1745, possibly due to a cooking fire left by a retreating Jacobite soldier.

The Palace was a favourite of the Stewart monarchs from James I with both James V and Mary, Queen of Scots being born in the Palace.

Features worthy of note are the Great Hall and Chapel (late 15th century). The qaudrangle has a richly carved 16th century fountain.

This attraction is well worth a visit. It benefits from being situated in a park close to the Linlithgow Loch.


The fountain

The Great Hall

Outer Gate
There is something for all interests here, photographers, students of architecture, historians and even somewhere for the children to play!

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