White Cart Water at Paisley, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Edinburgh and drove south-west with first stop at the Scottish country town of Biggar where we availed of refreshments.

Next, we continued S.W. to the village of Douglas where we obtained local information on the former coal mining industry in the area and then drove north to the village of Douglas Water which was home to a former coal mining community. The landscape around Douglas Water showed evidence of ‘bings’ or coal spoil hills.

Coal mining spoil heaps or ‘bings’ at Douglas Water, Scotland

Houses at Douglas Water, South Lanarkshire

Next, north to the county town of Lanark. We stopped here for shopping and managed to visit the interior of St Nicholas Parish Church which dates from the late 18th century.

High Street, Lanark, Scotland

St Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark, Scotland

Next, north-west to the town of Larkhall. Here we spent about 30 minutes exploring the main street (Union Street) before moving on to our final destination of Paisley, to the west of Glasgow. We spent about 45 minutes exploring  in the town centre where the Abbey and Town Hall are prominent buildings.At this stage the weather turned favourable with sunshine and blue sky.

Union Street, Larkhall, Scotland

Paisley Abbey, Scotland

Town Hall and central Paisley, Scotland

After concluding our visit to Paisley we transferred into Glasgow’s West End where guests checked into their hotel for the night.

Tomorrow,we visit Stirling Castle and Doune Castle in central Scotland.

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