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This evening I am presenting some images of Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire, which has connections with the Cochrane family.

There is evidence of defence/occupation on this site dating back into prehistory.

The present castle originated as a fortified Tower House built for King Robert II in 1371 and was used as a residence by the Stewart kings through to about 1520. Robert II died at Dundonald in
1390.

The remains of the castle are accessed by a steep climb which is worth the effort as the view can be spectacular.

A visit to this castle fits in nicely with a tour from Glasgow taking in Burns Cottage and Culzean Castle.


Corbridge Tour

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This morning I am presenting some images of the Roman town of Corbridge (Coria) near Hadrian’s Wall. This site has a long history of occupation. A fort was established in the 80s and continued through to 160s. Thereafter a town evolved on the site extending to 12 hectares.

This site is well worth a visit. It has a well endowed museum. The site includes granaries, the road knows as Stanegate, a fountain fed by an aquaduct, a courtyard building and compounds.

Here are some re-enactment legionaries at the site.

Granary
Strongroom in the headquarters building.
Granary

Granaries





Granary
Contact Catswhiskerstours for a tour of Corbridge, Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman sites

Luss Tour

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This evening I am presenting some images of Luss, a quaint and popular village located on the shores of Loch Lomond and conveniently situated about 45 mins from Glasgow. Now a ‘picture postcard’ village but was originally constructed by the local landowner to house workers for the slate quarry nearby.

Here is one of the houses.


Inside of the church. We were fortunate with our timing as the church is usually locked and was opened up for a tour group. By Scottish standards the church is relatively young, being constructed in Victorian times, albeit on an ancient site.


Hogback grave markers. These are about 1100 years old and have Viking influences.



View of the beach with swans and Ben Lomond in the distance.


View of the pier.

Luss is great stop as you venture out of Glasgow on the way up north and/or west.