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This evening, my theme is Inveraray, a fascinating -and unusual-planned 18th century town on the shores of Loch Fyne in the West of Scotland.

I usually incorporate a visit/overnight in Inveraray in course of my Scotland tours. It fits nicely when coming down from Oban and Kilmartin Glen on the way to Glasgow. In peak season the town can be very busy with visitors. Many coach tours stop here.

To my mind the key sites to visit are:

  • Auchindrain Museum, a reconstructed Highland Village replicating life in bygone days.
  • Inveraray Castle. In fact an Adam designed Grand House dating from the 18th century. Home to the duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.
  • The 18th century planned town of Inveraray featuring Old Jail, church and may other interesting buildings of architectural interest.
  • The extensive Loch Fyne, famous for its oysters.
  • Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, a high fish restaurant located about 5 miles out of town.

Overall its best to allocate at least a full day to get the full benefit from a visit to Inveraray. 


Inveraray, Scotland

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Today, I drove up to Dunkeld in central Scotland. In the main, the roads had been cleared after the horrendous snowfall and related transport problems. Notwithstanding the melt which had occurred over the past couple of days, the Perthshire area was still covered in a blanket of snow with temperatures today between zero and minus 3 centigrade. Whilst the streets of Dunkeld were ‘navigable’ on foot it was plainly evident that the town had suffered from heavy snowfall as much of it was still in evidence.

Dunkeld is a charming  town and very popular with visitors. Today, I was amazed to see many of the shops, coffee houses and tourist information centre all open for business.

As will be evident from the images below, I had opportunity for a brief stroll around the key areas with photo opps aided by the blue sky and sunshine-as opposed to the fog which was predicted.

During the touring season, I regularly feature Dunkeld in my tour itineraries. The town is also a good base from which to undertake tours all around Scotland owing to convenient location close to the A9 highway which affords access to most of the popular attractions and sites within the day.

Dunkeld means ‘Fort of the Caledonians’  and can boast a diverse and fascinating history dating back about 2000 years encompassing early Christianity, a famous 17th century battle and the >200 year old Telford Bridge which spans the mighty River Tay. At nearby Birnam there are connections with Shakespeare (Birnam Wood) and Beatrix Potter. An excellent spot for a vacation!

Long Shadows at Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld Cathedral

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This evening, my focus is on the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art with particular emphasis on the history of the building in the context of the commercial development of Glasgow.

Today, the building houses an art collection displayed on four floors with each floor designed to reflect the elements air, water, earth and fire.  However, the building actually dates back to the 18th century and the prosperity generated by the tobacco trade with America.

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