Tour Group at Burns Cottage, Alloway, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from central Glasgow and then embarked on a tour as follows:

  • First to Rutland Crescent, Glasgow, a site where an ancestor ¬†lived. Now much changed with modern housing.
  • Next we tried-but failed to find an ancestor address in Eglinton Street. Will try again tomorrow.
  • Next to Allow and Robert Burns heritage. Here we visited the birthplace cottage, visitor centre, Auld Kirk and Brig o’Doon.

Tour group with wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie, Alloway

View from Brig o’Doon, Alloway, Scotland

Auld Kirk, Alloway, Scotland

Burns Visitor Centre, Alloway, Scotland

Inside Burns Cottage, Alloway

Burns Cottage, Alloway, Scotland

  • Next to Culzean castle, an 18th century, Gothic revival style mansion. This was designed by top Scottish architect, Robert Adam for the 10th Earl of Cassilis. Sunny weather assisted with good views over the Firth of Clyde to Isle of Arran.

Culzean castle, Scotland

  • Next, a short drive down the cost¬† for photographs of Ailsa Craig, a former volcano and source of granite for Scottish curling stones.

Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde

  • Next to the busy town of Kilmarnock, which has historic connections with Robert Burns ( ‘Kilmarnock Edition’) and Johnnie Walker Whisky. We also visited Laigh West High Kirk.

Burns Statue, Kilmarnock, Scotland

Tour Group at Kilmarnock

Johnie Walker Bond at Kilmarnock, Scotland

Laigh West Old Kirk, Kilmarnock, Scotland

  • Next to Loudon Hill, plug of an ancient volcano and site of three important battles: 1296 ( William Wallace), 1307 ( Robert the Bruce) and 1679 ( Covenanters).

Loudon Hill, Ayrshire, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Glasgow where guests were deposited at Ubiquitous Chip restaurant for dinner. Tomorrow we visit ancestry sites in West Lothian region.

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