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This morning, with a combination of sub zero temperatures and blue skies I ventured off to Duncarnock, the site of a prehistoric iron-age fort near Barrhead. Elevation is over 200m which affords superb views over Glasgow and the Campsie Fells in the distance. As Glasgow remains badly affected by arctic weather journey there was quite an ordeal. Image no 2 below shows the road conditions which I had to traverse on my bike followed by a trudge through deep snow for about 15 minutes to scale the summit. However, the arduous trip was worth the energy as the views and snow sparkling in the sunlight proved a good reward.

Image below (together with this video clip)  shows the city of Glasgow and Campsie Fells in the background.  Decision to take my long lens was vindicated.

Glasgow in Winter

Snowbound Glasgow and Paisley

Here is the local road providing access to the site. continue reading…

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral in Snow

Harsh winter conditions continue in Scotland with temperatures well below zero (centigrade). Some roads have been blocked leaving some motorists stranded for many hours in freezing conditions. The main M8 Glasgow-Edinburgh highway has been blocked in parts for a considerable time. All public schools in Glasgow were closed today. Many businesses were also shut. This is the worst cold spell in 45 years.

Once again I ventured out on my bike  (a car would be more of a liability) and went into central Glasgow to obtain images of the unusual winter scenes. Cycling along was an eery experience as much of the time I was travelling on a layer of packed ice at east 3cm thick. At least there was only light motor traffic to contend with!

Image above is of Glasgow’s famous 13th century Cathedral taken from vantage point of the nearby Necropolis. Below is the normally very busy shopping precinct comprising Buchanan Street. Note layer of packed ice and snow underfoot. continue reading…

Today, the weather in the central belt of Scotland ( between Glasgow and Edinburgh) deteriorated significantly due  to a’dump’ of about 10cm of snow in the matter of few hours.This resulted in further transport chaos with airports closed, road and rail travel severely affected and many schools forced to shut early.

The snow was so heavy that there was little point in trying to get out by car so I went for a walk (with my camera|) in the neighbourhood to record this very unusual event. Traffic was backed up everywhere with cars being unable to traverse even modest inclines without human muscle power. Only 4 X 4 vehicles were getting around.

Here is my portfolio of images:

This young guy on the sledge had the right idea! Definitely the best way to get around.

Travel by Sledge

Sledge Travel

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