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Entrance to Stlrling Castle

Entrance to Stlrling Castle, Scotland

This morning, I collected my small group from their Edinburgh hotel and then proceeded as follows:

First to Stirling Castle in the centre of Scotland. Here we toured the site taking in the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Tapestry Weaving, Kitchens and stunning Royal Apartments (recently refurbished).

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Bothwell Castle, Uddingston

Bothwell Castle, Uddingston, Scotland

This evening, my focus is on Bothwell Castle, one of the few great castles of Scotland which are within easy reach of Glasgow. This huge edifice stands on the banks of the River Clyde and dates from the 13th century. The building project was initiated by Walter of Moray but was never completed as originally envisaged.It is possible the 13th century Wars of Independence interrupted construction. However, the great tower or donjon was completed. Overall, the castle represented a symbol of Moray’s status and wealth.

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New Lanark, World Heritage Site

New Lanark, World Heritage Site, Scotland

¬†This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites, namely New Lanark.

This massive cotton manufacturing plant has its origins in the the late 18th century when it was originally established by David Dale (1739-1806).  Original power source was free and very eco-friendly in the form of the River Clyde. This resulted is some very advanced and impressive engineering to harness the power of the water supply which remains in evidence today. Apart from the sheer scale of this enterprise, New Lanark is remembered for the social pioneering of subsequent owner, Robert Owen who focused on the workers quality of life as manifested in improved working conditions, a school, adult education and a village store.

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