During my stay in Glasgow I did 2 day trips to other location, the first one by train on my own, the second one with a travel company in a minivan. The first trip was to New Lanark, which is a former industrial site from the 18th century, beautifully restored and a world heritage site. Interesting is not just the industrial heritage, but also the social issues, the mills manager took to his heart 200 years ago. There were schools for the children and cheap housing for the workers, free health care and a lot more extraordinary things for this time. New Lanark is situated on the river Clye, and there were a few waterfalls close by, but I just walked to the first one, because it was so warm. And I brought my jacket along, because there were possible thunderstorms on the forecast. No rain all day and rather the opposite I was sweating. But I’m not complaining.
The second day trip took my to the well known Loch Lomond and through the Trossachs, which is a beautiful area, with lots of forest and green hills and lakes. Our last stop was Stirling Castle. Stirling has been the capital of Scotland in the mediavel times, because of it’s location. It’s up on a hill with lots of plains all around so you could see your enemies regardless from where they wanted to attack you. Enough talk, here are a few photos…
Beautiful roof terrace on the main building
The power for the engines and machines was generated by water, that’s why this mill was located at the river in the first place.
Corra Linn Falls
The first stop of the day trip was the village Luss on Loch Lomond. It was really beautiful, but like so many stops during the next few days a lot of tour guides thought the same and thus you met quite a few other tourists at all the locations. It wasn’t overcrowded, but still a bit amusing.
We also did a one-hour cruise on Loch Lomond, which was nice, but due to the wind I was freezing on the deck after 30 minutes. But before I did that I managed to take a picture of Ben Lomond with a top in the clouds.
Last stop: Stirling Castle.
View from the castle down on the plains… no wonder the kings of Scotland choose this as their residence for a long time