This afternoon, I ventured out to visit the valley of the White Cart near Busby, south of Glasgow.
I always enjoy visiting this site with today’s trip motivated by the need to record images of the near Arctic conditions prevailing before the thaw sets in. In fact, as I write this, we are experiencing rain so the icy scenery may disappear until the next bout of snow and ice- which may be just 24 hours away.
There is considerable history in and around this site.
Firstly, the name Busby indicates Scandinavian origin (probably from around the time of the Vikings) which is unusual in this part of Scotland. Then, apart from the magnificent scenery, this particular short valley boasts the remains of a fort from the Iron Age (700BC-43AD) but perhaps of greater importance is the role played during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries when the White Cart was a power source for textile industry mills the physical legacy of which can still be found.
Below is a very icy scene showing the frozen river with railway viaduct.