Black Sheep nr Glasgow

Black Sheep nr Glasgow, Scotland

Today, I was prompted by the unusually warm and sunny weather to get out on my bike and undertake a circular 30 mile/50 km ride to Stewarton in Ayrshire. On the way I was able to avail of a wide range of photo opps from nature to castles to churches, and even a link with poet, Robert Burns. To commence, image above shows a few animals from an unusual  flock of black sheep located near the south of Glasgow.

Spring snowdrops by roadside

Spring snowdrops by roadside, Ayrshire

Above are some seasonal snowdrops growing on the roadside.

Memorial to Robert Burns

Memorial to Robert Burns' Uncle at Stewarton

Above memorial stone is located at Stewarton’s St Columba Church. The inscription reads: “Erected by Stewarton Literary Society on Sept 24th 1810 in memory of Robert Burns, Uncle of the National Poet ‘Poor Uncle Robert’ who died at Stewarton on Jan 3rd 1789.  Also his eldest son, John on Feb 17th 1846.” The poet, Robert Burns came from this part of Scotland and he would have known Stewarton.

St Columba Church
St Columba Church, Stewarton

 Above is St Columba Church,  which is Presbyterian.The letter Y in the middle of the picture is Greek for Jesus and very unusual in Britain.

Gorse in flower

Gorse in flower at Stewaton

Above shows some pretty yellow flowers on a gorse bush. For the unitiated, the gorse is very prickly and not to be tangled with!

Remains of Corsehill Castle, Stewarton

Remains of Corsehill Castle, Stewarton, Scotland

Remains of Corsehill Castle, Stewarton,

Remains of Corsehill Castle, Stewarton, Scotland

Above images shows what I thought to be the remains of a 15th century Tower House (near Stewarton). History of the property is unclear but the remains appear to be one remaining section of a large dwelling known as Corsehill House or Corsehill Castle. It might well be 400-500 yrs old. I will have to undertake more research.

Spring lamb nr Stewarton

Spring lamb nr Stewarton, Scotland

Above is my first lamb sighting of the season.

Site of Iron Age Crannog nr Glasgow

Site of Iron Age Crannog nr Glasgow, Scotland

I suspect that the island in the lake above is the remains of a man made Crannog dating back to the Iron Age, abot 2000 yeas ago. Crannogs are unique to Scotland and Ireland. After building a artificial island the people then proceeded to construct on the site a circular house made of wood. This would have housed an extended family and their animals.There are hundreds of such Crannog sites in Scotland.

Hungry sheep nr Glasgow

Hungry sheep nr Glasgow, Scotland

Above shows sheep feeding on hay. Evidently the grass is not yet adequate to provide enough fodder for the animals.

Highland Cows nr Glasgow

Highland Cows nr Glasgow, Scotland

Above shows a small herd of Highland Cattle. Very placid and photogenic animals although no longer extensively bred for meat.

Overall an enjoyable trip. Now planning my next cycling adventure!

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