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Archive for July, 2009

Old subway

Posted by Jackie on July 31, 2009

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This is one of the exhibits in the Transport Museum, a replica of a subway (underground train) station with the old fashioned station indicator.

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Musical fish

Posted by Jackie on July 30, 2009

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This is one of the exhibits in the Science Centre. If I recall correctly, whenever the fish swim through a beam they activate a musical note. Maybe I didn’t hang around long enough, but I’m not sure it was working when I was there.

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Through the round window

Posted by Jackie on July 29, 2009

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This is looking up at the domed window of the Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens (the blue is the sky – this was taken in May, it would be a very different picture if I’d taken it this week!).

I’m offline again for a few days, but have lined up a few pictures.

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Day tripping (14) – Glen Coe

Posted by Jackie on July 26, 2009

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It always really amazes me that we are in Glasgow actually pretty close to the Scottish Highlands. Just a couple of hours (or so) drive north and you reach the wonderful Glen Coe. This picture was taken from the Glen Coe visitors’ centre. The West Highland way passes through the glen (if I recall correctly the W.Highland way goes all the way from Fort William to Inverness) if you’re a keen walker – I’ve not done it, but with scenery like this it would be worth getting fit for and having a go, I think!

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Day tripping (13) – Holy Isle from Lamlash Bay

Posted by Jackie on July 25, 2009

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This picture was taken on Arran, from the little town of Lamlash on the coast, looking towards one of Arran’s “satellite” islands. This one is the biggest of them, Holy Isle, and it is the home of a Buddhist retreat centre. It is possible to do day trips from Lamlash to Holy Isle, or to stay longer at the retreat centre.

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Day Tripping (12) – Machrie Moor, Arran

Posted by Jackie on July 24, 2009

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I’m now going back “doon the watter” to a day trip I did more recently. Just south of Cumbrae (featured at the start of the week) is the larger Isle of Arran (the 7th largest of the Scottish islands, and the 9th largest British island), which I visited last month for my (significant and unmentionable) birthday. We managed to cover most of the island in a day (including a distillery tour, exploring a castle, a decent walk inland and circumnavigating the island by car), but there was so much to do and see there that it would make a good long weekend or even longer for a break. I loved Arran, what a beautiful place it was. The ferry leaves Ardrossan (an hour’s drive from home) and takes 50 minutes to reach Arran’s port of Brodick.

This picture is taken from our walk in Machrie Moor. The moor is home to several Bronze Age stone circles – unlike other stone circles such as Stonehenge in England, or Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, which seem to have some role in worship, the circles on Machrie Moor are thought (as I understand it) to be burial sites.

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Day tripping (11) – Wallace Monument and view from Stirling Castle

Posted by Jackie on July 23, 2009

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This fantastic view east from Stirling Castle is looking towards the Wallace Monument (which is the column just above the centre of the picture). William Wallace was a Scottish landowner and patriot who led a resistance during the wars of Scottish independence. These days he’s better known as he was portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film “Braveheart” (a film not noted for its historical accuracies, but still very popular and winner of 5 Oscars).

I’m going to be without internet access for a few days, so will respond to comments and visit blogs next week when I’m back online.

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Day tripping (10) – Stirling Castle

Posted by Jackie on July 22, 2009

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Inland now, and a 40 minute (if you get the timing right!) train journey north-east takes us to the historic town of Stirling. Stirling Castle itself, which arguably rivals Edinburgh Castle for its dramatic location on top of a massive great rock, was the seat of Scottish royalty right up until the union of the Scottish and English crowns in the 17th century. There’s more information about the castle here. I’d definitely recommend a visit – it’s not the cheapest day out in the world, but there’s absolutely tons to see and there is a really interesting guided tour included in the ticket price which is well worth joining in.

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Day tripping (9) – Arran and Bute from Great Cumbrae

Posted by Jackie on July 21, 2009

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This is the view I was talking about yesterday – the nearer island is the southern end of Bute, and in the distance you can see the snow-capped peaks of the lovely Isle of Arran.

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Day Tripping (8) – Millport, Great Cumbrae

Posted by Jackie on July 20, 2009

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A few months ago I did a week-long series of photos of places you can visit in a day trip out of Glasgow. I’ve decided to do the same thing again this week, and will bring you a few more of our nearby gems. I must admit I’m also getting a bit low on Glasgow photos, and there’s a sad reason for that – a week ago my camera died 😦 So I’m gradually working through old photos to put up on the blog, and then I might have to slow things down on the blog for a bit. My husband is really kindly letting me use his camera, but I think what with work and life pressures (thesis writing and applying for jobs, mainly, both of which are pretty stressful!) the blog will have to go on the back burner for a bit. I’ll still keep it up while I have photos (and I’ve still got quite a lot of Sibiu photos to get through so Sibiu DP will keep going for a while), but it might be that I slow this down to every 2 or 3 days for a while till life gets a bit less chaotic.

Anyway, back to this week. Day tripping. This photo was taken in January this year, and is of Millport, which is the only town on the island of Great Cumbrae, which is in the Firth of Clyde a mile and a half or so from the west coast. A short (10 minutes or so) ferry ride from the town of Largs (just under an hour’s train ride away from Glasgow Central station) gets you to the island, and another short bus ride gets you from the landing site to Millport, where we started our walk. The island isn’t particularly hilly so the walking is generally quite gentle, but there are some great views across to the neighbouring islands of Little Cumbrae (which is privately owned), Arran and Bute. This view is of Millport harbour. You might be able to see a church spire in the background – that is the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Cathedral of the Isles, which is the smallest cathedral in the British Isles (and, I think, might be the smallest cathedral in Europe, though I’m not certain about that).

Although being the only town on a small island, with a population of (I think) just a couple of thousand, if that, Millport manages to host a festival every September. You might not think it from the view here, but for a week every September for the last 15 years, Millport is turned into an outpost of the wild west for the country and western festival. Also in September there is an annual swim from Millport to Largs.

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