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This morning our group departed Argyll Hotel, Glasgow about 0915 and then travelled to Edinburgh on the east coast where we proceeded to visit the following attractions:

  • Rosslyn Chapel, about 7 miles of Edinburgh. This 15th century building is full of sophisticated stone carvings and took 40 years to complete. We arrived in time for the 11.00am tour guide talk which took us through the long history of the Chapel which survided the Reformation, Cromwell’s troops, abandonement and eventual re-dedication as an Anglican church in the 19th century. From inception the Chapel has remained under ownership by the Sinclair family. Unfortunately, photographs of the interior are not permitted.

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This morning, I collected guests from Argyll Hotel, Glasgow and proceeded on a private tour as follows: 

  • To Crookston Castle which is a 15th century stone fortress-residence of Sir John Stewart of Darnley standing within a defensive earthwork dating to Sir Robert Croc’s time in the late 12th century. A very impressive edifice in the somewhat incongruous setting of a Glasgow housing estate. We were able to enter the interior and explore the various floors of this former high status building.

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This evening, my theme is traditional weaving of Scottish Tartan. This is undertaken by powered hand loom and can still be found in isolated parts of Scotland. The images show weaving in process at Lochcarron Weavers, Lochcarron on the west of Scotland. I have also seen similar weaving in process on the Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis. There are now some 5,000 approved tartans in Scotland.

Lochcarron weaver

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