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This evening, I am focusing on a key aspect of my private tours which is those that focus on Scottish ancestry. In North America today there are at least 10M people (double the current population of Scotland) who are descended from Scottish emigrants. Many of my guests have ancestors from Scotland and it is my role to enable the visitors to ‘connect’ to a greater or lesser extent with their Scottish heritage. This may entail in-depth research and tracking down former homes and burial places whereas others are satisfied with just visiting a place ( e.g.Isle of Skye) where an ancestor has known to have originated from. Right now I am helping two separate guests with tours which connect them with ancestors who originated from Paisley in the west of Scotland.

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This evening, I moving my focus away from the current arctic weather conditions here in Britain to track back to a tour of the Isle of Mull earlier this year which entailed a visit to the very impressive Duart Castle which is closely associated with Clan MacLean. Here is a summary of the key features:

  • Positioned on a rocky promontory called Dubh Ard or Black Point.
  • Originally dates from the 13th century.
  • Home to Clan MacLean for many centuries apart from a short break after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when the castle was garrisoned by English soldiers.
  • In 1911 Sir Fitzroy Maclean repurchased and restored the castle.
  • Castle now  home to the Chief of Clan MacLean, Sir Lachlan MacLean.
  • Visited by MacLeans from all over the world.
  • Features of the castle include the ancient keep, dungeons, battlements, Edwardian kitchen, Clan Chiefs history.
  • Tea-room and shop.
  • Castle grounds which afford views of the birds, wildlife and local scenery.

A superb visitor attraction, especially when the weather is dry/sunny.

I invariably include Duart Castle in my tours of Mull and Iona and will be visiting the site at least once in 2011.

Duart Castle

Duart Castle, Scotland

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Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art

Christmas Lights at Gallery of Modern Art

 This evening, I decided to venture down into Glasgow to obtain some seasonal images with benefit if the Christmas lights, etc.

Weather here today has been relatively benign, especially by comparison with other parts of the U.K. many of which have suffered heavy snow. This is shaping to be the the fiercest December spell since records began in 1910.

The combination of clear skies and low temperatures assisted with the photography albeit ice underfoot was treacherous.

The results of my little expedition are provided above and below. My favourites are the Gallery of Modern Art and the river scene all of which were aided by my new wide angle lens. For more information on the Gallery of Modern Art please visit my blog post of December 10th.

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