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Black Sheep nr Glasgow

Black Sheep nr Glasgow, Scotland

Today, I was prompted by the unusually warm and sunny weather to get out on my bike and undertake a circular 30 mile/50 km ride to Stewarton in Ayrshire. On the way I was able to avail of a wide range of photo opps from nature to castles to churches, and even a link with poet, Robert Burns. To commence, image above shows a few animals from an unusual  flock of black sheep located near the south of Glasgow. Read more on Visit Stewarton, Visit Scotland…

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Kelso, a fascinating little gem of a town in the Scottish Borders which sits on the banks of the River Tweed. A visit here impressed me on three counts, viz:

  1. The enornomous (by Scottish standards) town square surrounded by many-storied houses.  This video clip  illustrates the square and surrounds.
  2. The ruined Abbey (above) which dates from the 12th century and was severely damaged by the Earl of Hertford’s forces in 1545 in context of the regular conflicts of the time between Scotland and England.
  3. The nearby Floors Castle (below) which was built  for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Inside can be found an outstanding collection of paintings, tapestries and furniture. Outside there are well maintained grounds, gardens and woodlands to enjoy.

Strongly recommend inclusion of Kelso in context of a tour of the Scottish Borders. The sporting visitor can indulge in golf, fishing and other activities.  Read more on Visit Kelso, Visit Scotland…

Interior of St.George's-Tron Church

Interior of St.George's-Tron Church, Glasgow

This morning I had a successful meeting with a representative of Irish tourism in Glasgow. Following this I decided to indulge in a little architecture photography. Firstly, I went into St. George’s -Tron Church in the centre of Glasgow, a building which has long intrigued me. I was fortunate to be met by a local volunteer who gave me a private tour around this Presbyterian Church which was designed by William Stark and first opened in 1808. In recent times the building has been extensively refurbished and interior re-modelled. As will be evident from the image above and this video clip the interior impresses as crisp, light and clean. I was advised this church is very popular with Sunday attendances totalling around 500 (full capacity). Tron means weighbridge and may point to the historic industrial activity around this area. Read more on Architecture Glasgow…