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Hiking Group, Eaglesham, Scotland

This morning, I participated in a group hike around Eaglesham and environs, south of Glasgow.

Eaglesham is a conservation (heritage) village which is centred on a village green known as ‘The Orry’ through which flows a burn (stream) known as Linn Burn. Summary facts and information on Eaglesham:

  • The name has nothing to do with avian raptors, instead it indicates existence of an early, first millennium,
  • church via corruption of the Latin ecclesia.
  • Located 16 miles south of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland with population of about 3,100 and now, essentially, a commuter community.
  • Well endowed with interesting domestic architecture for the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Connected with Montgomery Clan via the nearby (ruined) Polnoon Castle. Image number two below illustrates a crest which was probably taken from the ruined castle which celebrates a marriage between the Montgomery and Eglinton families.
  • In the 18th and 19th centuries a large water powered cotton mill was based on the Orry. However, this was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt.
  • Image number six below illustrates Eaglesham Parish Church which dates from 1788. However, a church on the same site has existed since the 14th century.
  • Near to the church, in Statue House, can be found an unusual collection of sculptures created in the 19th century by William Gemmell.
  • Close by is Whitelee Wind Farm, the largest wind turbine facility in Europe.
  • Eaglesham is famous as being close to the site where Nazi leader Rudolf Hess crash-landed on May 10th 1941 in an abortive attempt to bring WW2 to an early end.

Moving on to the walk, after navigating around the Orry we moved up, past a reservoir, to higher elevations where we encountered progressively lower temperatures ( at or below zero centigrade) with both white and black ice and thus somewhat unsafe underfoot. However, we did complete the planned trip without mishap, traversing farmland with cows, sheep and the omnipresent wind turbines.

At conclusion of the hike we availed of refreshments and warmed our chilled bodies at the Eglinton Arms in the centre of Eaglesham.


Public Art, Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

Armorial Stone from Polnoon Castle, Montgomery Street, Eaglesham

Linn Burn, The Orry, Eaglesham, Scotland

Linn Burn, Orry, Eaglesham, Scotland

Polnoon Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

Eaglesham Parish Church, Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

The Orry (village green), Eaglesham, Scotland

Hiking group on ice-bound track near Eaglesham, Scotland

Rural landscape near Eaglesham, Scotland

Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the romantic and imposing Castle Campbell which dominates Dollar Glen and is located in central Scotland, about thirty-five miles N.W. of Edinburgh.Summary information on the castle is provided below.

  • Most of the building dates from the 15th century although it may have evolved from an earlier, 12th century, motte and bailey castle.
  • In common with many Scottish castles, the building was high status and positioned to display wealth and power. Location provided added benefit of proximity to Scottish royalty,very advantageous for an owner who aspired to improve his standing and status.
  • Key aspects of the castle are: Main Courtyard; Tower House; Hall and Chamber Range; East Range; and the south-facing Terraced Gardens.
  • Acquired by the Campbells in the second half of the 15th century.
  • Partly burned by English Parliamentary forces in 1654.
  • Subsequently became a ruin but was taken into Government care in 1948 and subsequently repaired and restored.
  • Now a visitor attraction under management of Historic Scotland.
  • The high elevation offers excellent views over the local landscape.

Here is a video clip taken at the castle-



Castle Campbell, Scotland

View from Castle Campbell, Scotland

Dollar from Castle Campbell, Scotland

View from Castle Campbell, Scotland

Dupplin Cross, Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the 9th century A.D., Dupplin Cross which is located in the (now redundant) Dunning Church, about 12 miles S.W.of Perth in central Scotland.

Dunning sits on a very productive plain which has been occupied by man for about 5000 years. Here is a summary of key sites and archaeological finds in the Dunning-Forteviot area:

  • Neolithic henge at Forteviot dating from around 2600 BC.
  • A very rich and important Bronze Age burial tomb at Forteviot dating from around 2000 BC.
  • A Roman marching camp at Dunning dating from the late 1st century, AD.
  • Pictish palace at Forteviot which existed in the 9th century and became the power base of a unified Scotland around AD 845 under Kenneth Mac Alpin.

The Dupplin Cross was associated with the Pictish Palace at Forteviot, about three miles away and stood on open ground, exposed to the elements for about 1200 years.

Detailed information on the cross can be found here. A summary is as follows:-

  • Dates from around AD 800.
  • Made from sandstone for the Pictish king, King Constantine who ruled AD 789-820.
  • Only surviving complete, free-standing cross from the Pictish region.
  • Stands 3m/9.5 feet high.

The church, St.Serf’s, in which the Dupplin Cross is housed is itself of some antiquity with the tower dating from the 12th century. However, it is likely there were earlier churches on the same site.

The Dupplin Cross can be visited during the summer period.


Dunning Church, Perthshire, Scotland