This morning, our tour group met in Sauchiehall St., Glasgow and went on to our first visit of the day which was Glasgow Cathedral and the nearby Necropolis Burial Ground. Here we were joined by local specialist guide, Stanley Berman, who escorted the group to the nearby Jewish Enclosure at the Necropolis. Here there are a small number of burials accessed via a facade dating from 1836 based on Absalom’s Pillar in the King’s Dale, Jerusalem. The pillar also features extracts from the Hebrew Melodies by Lord Byron.The last burial here was 1851.

Jewish Enclosure at Glasgow Necropolis

Next we had a tour of Glasgow Cathedral which dates from the 12th century. This is a very impressive building evidenced by images below.

Glasgow Cathedral

Blackadder Aisle

Our next visit was Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Archives Centre. Here we were very well looked after and provided with a talk by Stanley and two well qualified hosts. This included an overview of Jewish settlement in Scotland and contribution to Scotland and its culture.

Garnethill

Next we drove to south Glasgow to  meet a local Rabbi who was able to supply scarves and other  items featuring the newly created Jewish Tartan. From here we drove to the nearby Orchard Park Hotel for a spot of lunch.

Next destination was Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, one of the top such establishments in Europe. Here we spent an hour or so.

Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove

Final stop was the various shopping centres in Glasgow centre. Glasgow is well endowed with such facilities and ranks second only to London as a shopping destination. At this stage it was time for fond farewells after a fascinating round Scotland tour.

Be Sociable, Share!