Best Western Strathaven Hotel
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Before we left Brisbane, a clever bloke called Jon Peake told us about the Book Lovers Tour of Edinburgh and that if we are lucky the tour would also include Ian Rankin stories, well, we caught the very last tour of the year lead by Alan Foster who is a said writer from Kelso who has a penchant for Conan Doyle stories and yes you guessed it Ian Rankin. Alan unfortunately has ...
... straight through us (we didn't take our jackets with us as the day previous was marvellous) We find ourselves a few nice old buildings to take a few pictures of and then stumble upon St George's square and the council chambers in all their majesty before we decide to go for a trek into the unknown back streets of Glasgow to try find the cathedral. It turns out there are maps everywhere and it is in fact quite easy to find the cathedral. We stop at an ...
... were on the canal towpath there was nearly always something to distract us from our painful feet. The highlight was the Falkirk Wheel. Built in 2000 with Millenium money, it was designed to replace 10 locks that had fallen into disrepair, so that the Union Canal could be reconnected to the Forth and Clyde canal. In addition they wanted something that was "spectacular" to attract tourism. Well they certainly managed that. I am sure my photos don't really do ...
... NTS) bought up many of the properties thus saving it and creating a living museum. This is now a conservation area which prevents any of the private owners from altering the exterior of their properties. They have even created an electricity substation within a cottage to keep the authentic look. We start with a tour of 'the palace'. It isn't really a palace but a grand house which was owned by George Bruce. The original building was smaller but Bruce first added ...
... much to Mum's surprise. Grant, Tiff and the boys then arrived in and along with their gift of a lovely watch was a card with the poem below: (Our Tiff's a clever cookie!)
In the year of 1933
Helen Allan came to be
One of five kids in the clan
But to most of us, she's known as Gran
Mum, as well, to a selected few -
But those folk call her Granny too!
Married to Geordie, love of her life,
Nothing made ...