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Browsing Posts published in February, 2009



Today, I visited Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire. This is a very interesting area comprising an historic small town set on the edge of a loch which in turn is a site of Special Scientific Interest, nature reserve and bird watching centre. The loch is open to anglers and for water sports. It is possible to cycle or walk to Lochwinnoch from Glasgow (Paisley) via a dedicated trail which was formerly a railway line.


Church of Scotland at Lochwinnoch

View of the loch and nature reserve.

Woodland walk with snowdrops close to the bird watching facility.

Movie showing the extensive loch.

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This evening, I am posting some images taken during my visit to Bothwell Castle, near Glasgow.

This is a substantial and very impressive sandstone built ruin which sits on a bend in the River Clyde.

The Castle dates back to the 1270s when construction was undertaken by Walter of Moray who based his design on the great chateau of Corcy in France. The castle then experienced a very chequered ownership/control history, viz:

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This morning I inspected the site of a former paper mill and dam on the White Cart Water close to Clarkston, Glasgow.

Paper making in the area commenced in the late 17th century by a Frenchman, Nicholas Deschan whose descendants built the mill at Netherlee which is the site covered by the still and video images below.

The images show overgrown ruins with the video focusing on the site of a former dam which was used to generate water power for the mill.

Overall, a very interesting site with linkage to the industrial revolution with which Glasgow was closely associated.

It would be nice if the local Council or other appropriate authority provided information boards for this and other industrial sites along the river side.

Read more on Industrial Archaeology Netherlee Glasgow Scotland…