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Today, I visited Ayr. Prime reason to meet a contact with a view to promoting golfing tours. Weather was OK so I took the opportunity to take some pics. Ayr is quite interesting and very photogenic.

Here are some beach scenes; first one is looking NW towards Arran.

The Pavilion began life as an entertainments hall and is now a somewhat tacky entertainment centre called Pirate Pete’s. Interesting architecture. Better suited to Blackpool.

War memorial with County Buildings in the Background. Latter are interesting architecturally and date from 1931.

View up the Ayr river. I like the symmetry of this pic.

These are pics of the Andrew Carnegie library, one of many in Scotland. New World money to stimulate Old World intellects!!

More views of Ayr from the river.

View of town hall on Sandgate Street.
Tam O’Shanter pub. Note thatched roof. Rabbie Burns was born nearby.

View of town centre

A very patriotic pub. No doubt totally unconnected with the upcoming Scotland:Italy football (soccer) match!

Railway station.

Today, I took myself off to nearby Battlefield to learn more about that area.

Battlefield is a district of Glasgow It is situated south of the River Clyde. The area takes its name from the Battle of Langside of 1568. A monument now stands adjacent to Queen’s Park commemorating this event. The Battle of Langside was between forces of Mary Queen of Scots and that of the Regent, Moray. The forces of the latter prevailed.

Here is a view taken from a vantage point near Camphill. The scene is the City Of Glasgow looking north towards the Campsie Fells

This is a circle of large stones at the highest point of the park and which is believed to be the remnants of a encampment which formed an important military position in connection with the Battle of Langside, 1568.

This magnificent building seems to have been a church-now in process of conversion to a restaurant type facility.

Here is the monument to the Battle of Langside, 1568

Location: Battle Place, Langside, Glasgow
Date executed: 1887-8

Rouken Glen

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Today, I was running a little behind schedule so took myself off to nearby Rouken Glen (public park) to obtain some more autumn images. Light was fading but, nevertheless, pics not too bad!

Kids at skateboard park

View of path with water fall. My bike is propped against the fence.

Falls at Rouken Glen
River scene