Hiking Group, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening I am reporting on today’s large group hike around parts of south Glasgow, Scotland.

Early spring weather was characterised by sunshine and blue skies, albeit somewhat cool.

The route  was focused n two public parks and connected with history spanning about 500 years. Key features of the hike were:

  • Halfpenny Bridge in Linn Park, the oldest complete iron bridge in Glasgow, dating from 1835.
  • Aikenhead House in Kings Park. Built 1806 to design by leading Scottish architect David Hamilton. Here are well maintained formal gardens.
  • Cathcart Old Parish Church, a 20th century building which replaced a much older building.
  • Linn House, a mansion in Linn Park which dates from 1811.
  • Site of the Battle of Langside in 1568, a defining event for Mary, Queen of Scots. Her army was defeated and she travelled south to England, for sanctuary, but was executed there 19 years later.

Hiking group at Aikenhead House, Kings Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Halfpenny bridge in Linn park dates from 1835 and is the only complete iron bridge in Glasgow.

Halfpenny Bridge, Linn Park, Glasgow

Aikenhead House dates from 1806. designed by David Hamilton. Now flats.

Aikenhead House, King’s Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Spring Crocus, Kings Park, Glasgow

Mary, Queen of Scots is reputed to have watched the battle of Langside, 1568, at this spot. Her forces lost and forced her to seek sanctuary in England where she was executed 19 years later.

Mary, Queen of Scots Plaque, Langside, Scotland

Hiking group passing through Linn Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Linn House, c 1811, Linn Park, Glasgow

Waterfall, White Cart Water, Linn Park, Glasgow

Dog Walkers, Linn Park, Glasgow, Scotland

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