Glen Coe, Loch Lomond and on to Glasgow, Scotland

Our first stop of the day on Saturday was Glen Coe. On 13 February 1692, 38 men, women and children of the MacDonald clan were murdered by a regiment of soldiers acting on behalf of the government, whom they had welcomed into their homes.  Because the soldiers were led by a Scottish General Campbell, it is often said to have been a clan war between the Campbells and MacDonalds.  It was in fact ordered on the grounds that the MacDonalds had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary.  Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.

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Later on we took a short cruise on Loch Lomond. We have been lucky with the weather when it is important and the photos show that we had a lovely sunny morning. 

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The rain here has been fleeting. It is usually short heavy showers that last only a few minutes. We had one of these at Luss on the shore of Loch Lomond where we stopped for lunch. This is a pretty village of houses made of slate. They were originally occupied by slate workers. Now, the village survives on tourism.  The church was busy with weddings and at least one bride arrived in a horse drawn carriage.

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Today in Glasgow, sI had a late start as local attractions open later on Sundays. I walked to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Mu​seum.  I really enjoyed this museum.  The galleries are modern and state of the art. Some of the displays are interactive and paintings are often displayed together with related historical artefacts. Not too far away are the Botanic Gardens which I visited after lunch. It had started raining but I restricted my visit to the garden’s extensive greenhouses which contained plants from all over the world. Below are photos of two carnivorous pitcher plants, beehive ginger and a curious cactus.

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Later I visited the medieval Glasgow Cathedral which has been in constant use for worship for over 800 years. It is of great architectural and historic interest and it has one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain.

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Tomorrow I am flying to Dublin for the start of a tour of Ireland.

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