Today, I collected a small group of visitors from the U.S. who are undertaking a Scotland-wide tour. The group were somewhat tired/jet lagged but we set off in good spirits and visited the following sites:

Bothwell Castle: This magnificent ruin has a history dating back to the 1270s under ownership of Walter of Moray who took inspiration from the great chateaux of Coucy in France. The castle was at the forefront on wars with England and it changed hands about five times and suffered considerable damage as a consequence. It was restored by 1381 but was abandoned by the 18th century and subsequently came into the care of Historic Scotland. The picturesque remains stand high above a bend in the River Clyde. One of the handful of castles in/near Glasgow and worth a visit.


Glasgow Cathedral
: This is Scotland’s most important 13th century building which is located on a Christian site dating back to the 6th century. the present building was begun in the 13th century with the Sacristry and Chapter House added in the early 14th century. This is the only Scottish medieval cathedral to survive the Reformation more or less intact which was due to a division of the interior into three smaller churches. Our visit benefited from a private tour by an expert guide in the Cathedral. Click this link to view the video.

The Burrell Collection: This is a diverse collection of over 8000 art exhibits assembled by Sir William Burrell with proceeds from the sale of his merchant shipping fleet. This remarkable collection was donated to the city of Glasgow in 1944 and is housed within a purpose designed building in the ground’s of Pollock Park.

The tour lasted about five hours in somewhat mixed weather conditions.

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