Viking God, Thor at Vikingar, Scotland

 

This morning, we departed our beach side lodgings in Ayr and then visited the town centre for shopping. Next we travelled down to Alloway to connect with Scotland’s national poet, ‘Rabbie’ Burns. Here we visited the Birth Place, Brig o’Doon, Visitor Centre and Auld Kirk.

Robert Burns’ Birthplace, Alloway, Ayr

Auld Kirk, Alloway, Scotland

Brig o’Doon, Alloway, Ayr, Scotland

Next, we embarked on a tour of the Clyde coast taking in:

  • The seaside town of Troon with Royal Troon and other golf courses.
  • Portencross Castle, which is located right on edge of the sea.

Portencross Castle, Scotland

The boating and seaside town of Largs. We stopped for lunch at the Marina and the travelled round to the Viking  Exhibition at Vikingar. Largs is conscious of it’s Viking heritage owing to it being location of the Battle of Largs in 1263 when the Scots defeated a Viking/Norwegian force and expelled them from Scotland.

Replica Viking Ship at Vikingar, Largs

 

Largs, Scotland

  • Past Greenock to Port Glasgow where we stopped to visit Newark Castle which has Maxwell connections. This  600 year old castle is located on the banks of the Clyde  and arranged around three sides of a courtyard. The castle was originally built for one George Maxwell circa 1484. The Maxwells were a powerful local family related to royalty and it known that King James IV visited on various occasions.Newark started as a Tower House, was redesigned in renaissance style in 1597 and fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th centuries. The castle has been in hands of Historic Scotland for over 100 years and is undergoing repair and maintenance.

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

  • Finally, we moved on to our destination of Paisley and Glasgow Airport in readiness for guests’ return flight tomorrow. Before parting company we had a farewell dinner at Paisley’s Watermill Restaurant.

Our tour today benefited from progressively improving weather culminating in afternoon sunshine. Today, we had good views of the Firth of Clyde and beyond including the islands of Arran and Great Cumbrae.

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