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... free! We started off getting the train into the city centre, and walked a short 20 minutes to the People's Palace - the history of Glasgow and exotic gardens. While it was slightly underwhelming, we enjoyed the free attraction for what it was anyways. Another 20 or so minute walk away was the necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral. Both are free to snoop around and are absolutely incredible. The raindrops started to fall so we bundled up in our rain gear and found somewhere ...
... through the valleys. A morning tea break was had at Pitlochry where we dined on some fantastic home baked scones with jam and cream. Pitlochry is well known for its woollen mills and boats numerous shops selling lovely woollen scarves and other knitted garments. a number of shorter stops were made along the way including a large memorial and shrine commemorating the deaths of Scottish commandos over the years. The memorial statue appeared to be in the middle of nowhere ...
... and the grey skies, cold and drizzle does not help.
But we are in a lovely area - Kelvin Grove - beside the Kelvin River and Botanical Gardens. Our unit, while old, is spacious with windows that look out onto winter trees just coming into leaf and with a resident squirrel!
We don our wet-weather gear and walk to the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery. It is unusual with an eclectic mix and presentation of work and an obvious aim to 'bring ...
... on the central pillar. Pic 8. James used this room as an apartment and, judging by the very thick doors with lead shot holes there were stormy times to survive. Pic 9. Also in the crypt were some lovely tapestries. Pic 10. Most of the 'Munich' glass wasn't able to survive the acid atmosphere of the industrial revolution. This beautiful new window (Pic 11) is the recent Millennium window opened in ...
... cook up some dinner.
OK yesterday we bored you with Cathedral's, today we will bore you with castles. First on the list is Dumbarton. A little history first, Dumbarton guards a point where two rivers (River Leven and River Clyde) join. This has been a strategic point since the 1300's. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots all graced this rock with their presents. It saw action in the Napoleonic Wars, WWI & WWII. Most people think of ...