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This afternoon, I joined a tour of the Drygate craft brewery which is located within the shadow of Glasgow Cathedral and next door to the massive Tennent’sĀ lager brewery which I visited last month:

The location has a long history of brewing going back to medieval times influenced by availability of water from the Molendinar Burn and other sources.

The key ingredients of beer manufacture are hops, yeast, barley and water. We were shown the brewing process, from malting and mashing through to fermentation and maturation, which is similar to early stage whisky production. Hops are mainly sourced from New Zealand and California plus Kent, occasionally.

At conclusion of the tour samples were provide to tour guests which comprised Drygate’s three main products, viz:

  • Outaspace Apple Ale
  • Gladeye IPA
  • Bearface Lager

Integrated with the brewery is a shop selling a wide range of craft beers and a popular restaurant.

A worthwhile experience!

Decorated Fermentation Vat

Fermentation Vats

Tour Group

Small Mash Tun

Drygate Apple Ale

Beer Taps


Beer samples




Aluminium Beer Kegs


This evening, I am posting information on part of a Four Waterfalls Walk near Ystradfellte in the mountain range known as the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. The nearest major town is Merthyr Tydfil.

This particular walk covers one of the most exciting landscapes in Wales comprising spectacular waterfalls, wooded gorges and intriguing caves.This is where the Hepste, Mellte and Nedd Fechan rivers cascade over layers of millstone grit in course of journey from mountains to the sea.Highlights include:

  • A large cave.
  • Riverside walks.
  • Four waterfalls.
  • Woodland walks.

This area falls within the Fforest Fawr Geopark where the river valleys are abundant with wildlife, mosses, ferns and lichens all of which thrive in the humid conditions found in the steep gorges surrounding the waterfalls.


Hiking trail to waterfall

Tonight, I am posting a collection of images taken at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-the-Marsh in the English Cotswolds.

This 56 acre site is run as an educational charity. Here can be fund 2850 plant specimens including 1300 trees, shrubs and bamboo. Specimens have been sourced from around the world with emphasis on the Far East.

The collection includes Japanese Flowering Cherries and a project focused on conifer conservation, including conifers from Chile.

A great spot when the weather is right. Allow a few hours to do the site justice.