This morning, I met tour group at Glasgow Airport at about 7.30 am and proceeded as follows:

First to Pollock House, Glasgow. Here were photographed animals from a herd of Highland Cows then had a brief walk around the park. Here we were able to view the 18th century Adam designed mansion and the White Cart Water in full spate due to heavy rain.

Pollock Hoiuse, Pollock Park

Pollock Hoiuse, Pollock Park, Glasgow

Clydesdale Horses at Pollock Park

Clydesdale Horses at Pollock Park, Glasgow


Highland Cattle  at Pollock Park

Highland Cattle at Pollock Park, Glasgow

Next we headed east to view Bothwell Castle. Notwithstanding its ruinous state it remains a substantial medieval structure which frequently changed hands during the Wars of Independence in the 14th century. Some of the group got a fright when disturbed pigeons made an unexpected exit from their roost in a darkened area.

Bothwell Castle, Bothwell

Bothwell Castle, Bothwell, Scotland

Next to the Falkirk Wheel near Falkirk in central Scotland. This unique piece of engineering is a boat lift linking the Clyde and Union canals which run between Glasgow and Edinburgh. We took a ride up and down the ‘wheel’ which proved an interesting experience affording good views (through the rain) of the local landscape which covers the Antonine Wall which dates from Roman times.

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk,

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk,Scotland

Boat at Falkirk Wheel

Boat at Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland


Finally, with jet-lag catching up, the group retired to their hotel for the rest of the afternoon.

Here is a video clip of Falkirk Old and St Modans Parish Church

Tomorrow we visit Edinburgh and the Military Tattoo

The heavy rain of late has eased up this evening.

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