1. Crossraguel Abbey in the snow.
    January 2010.
    Passed it by chance, but thought it worth a frozen finger or two (won't mention the toes!) for a short video session.

    The Abbey of Saint Mary of Crossrague founded by the Earl of Carrick in the 13th century. It remained a monastery till 1560 and the Reformation.

    Maintained by Historic Scotland.

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  2. A walk around Strathclyde Country Park on a spring afternoon.
    (Music: Kevim MacLeod.)

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  3. A day out at Doune Castle with a couple of friends.

    A place probably best known through its association with the Monty Python's 'Holy Grail' film. Almost all of the castle scenes were filmed here.

    The current building can be traced back to the late 1300s, built by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife.
    Most castles have been developed and expanded over the centuries by succeeding owners, but Doune is unusual in that what is here was planned and built in one single episode.

    It did see military action during the 17th & 18th century, however by 1800 it was in ruin. Restoration was started in the late 1800s by George Stuart, 14th Earl of Moray.

    It is located close to the junction of the river Teith and the Ardoch Burn. The woodlands around the castle are worth a walk around, especially to where the burn flows into the Teith.

    Well worth a visit should you be in this part of Scotland.

    Music: Kevin MacLeod, Royalty Free, incompetech.com/
    Canon in D major
    ISRC: US-UAN-11-00301


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  4. Kelburn Castle and ground makes for a really nice day out.
    Located on the West coast of Scotland, a few minuted drive South of Largs.

    Part of the original keep can be traced back to the 13th century, though it obviously has been expanded and developed over time (through to the 1880s).

    The gardens, some laid out, much just woodlands, are full on interesting features such as 1000 year old trees and various and burns.

    The unusual wall painting was done by four Brazilian graffiti artists in 2007.


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  5. A walk up the Grey Mare's Tail. Moffat, southern Scotland.
    It's a shame so few people are aware of this place.
    A steep climb at the start, heading up beside the waterfalls, then a flat (but very boggy) walk to the loch.
    Then (not done on this trip, but for next time) the option to walk the hills around the loch.
    Allow a full day, sensible walking / hiking (waterproof) footwear required.

    Some additional pictures up on my Facebook and on my Flickr pages.


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