Loch Katrine was drilled to by two enormous tunnels to supply the city with fresh water, away from the river clyde in 1859.The steamship Sir Walter Scot cruises the loch twice a day and smaller vessels do two hourly cruises.
This is the heart of the lake district, Trossachs in Gaelic and whilst loch Katrine may not be as big as the one over the hills Loch Lomond it compares if not surpasses it in beauty. Sir Walter Scot the writer not the vessel named after him was inspired to write about the loch.
The Summer dawn's reflected hue
The purple changed Loch Katrine blue
Mildly and siftly the westren breeze
Just kiss'd the loch,just stirr'd the trees
from ''The lady of the lake''
The West Highland Way (WHW) is a 96 mile trail leading from Glasgow to Ft William. The scenery is to die for and it's not that difficult of a hike. Some choose to backpack (carrying a tent and everything else in their pack), others choose to "B&B" their way along. There are even companies that will carry your pack for you (for a small fee).
Warnings: Midges in the summer (biting no see-ums that aren't scared of DEET), weather year-round (can get cold and is ALWAYS wet), and slippery areas around Loch Lomond.
You might even see hikers wearing kilts (I did)!
Culzean Castle overlooks the Firth of Clyde, just outside the town of Maybole. Besides the interesting castle (where Eisenhower used to relax during WWII), there are also beautiful gardens and lovely paths to wander on.
Outside of the West End and City Centre there are plenty of things to do to get a flavour of Glasgow life. Most suburbs have really nice victorian parks often with duck ponds and facilities for children. They are spacious and well planned and are well looked after by the council. They are a mecca for Glasgwegians when the sun comes out as (as most people live in flats without gardens) and will give you a real flavour of Glasgow. I recommend Queens Park in the Southside of Glasgow, there is a large wooded area, a glasshouse with a cafe and some exotic animals, swings etc for the kids, tennis courts, 5 a-side football and a large lake and smaller duck pond. It is also chock full of wildlife, on a rainy day in July I spotted lots of squirrels, residents swans with cygnets, rabbits, lots of types of ducks and birds. I recommend buying some fish and chips from Ramseys supper shop and sitting by the pond.
The following photos were taken at Stirling Castle, north of Glasgow. The Castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public all year round and seven days a week. It's a fine example of the many historic castles to be found all over Scotland. Just think Braveheart and Mary, Queen of Scots!
It is said to be the prettiest loch, sorry lake, in Scotland though I'd say Loch Awe is as its name says, awesome! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me at that time, but anyway Loch Lomond is more famous being the spot for inspirations of writers and poets alike. The most scenic areas are the north or south end. I went to Balloch and it's very close to Glasgow. More can be seen on foot than on board the ferry. Just a matter of whether you can be bothered ;)
Deer have a long and colourful history in Scotland, and this centre does justice to this. They have an impressive falconry display aswell as deer herds and a interpretive centre. A must for the animal lover.
The best thing about the Isle of Harris was the Sound of Taransay, where the sea was crystal clear, with a tropical turqoise hue to it. The sand is almost white.
The views are magnificent. My friend watched the buzzards while I braved the cold atlantic.
1784 this village was build so that workers who worked in the cotton mill of Lanark could live here. The place was build after plans of socialist Robert Owen. His utopia was to increase productivity through building a new society.
It really doesn't matter how long you will be visiting a must is to take the time and go up to the Highlands!!
If you make it to St. Andrews you should see the grounds of a now defunct cathedral. Old Tom Morris's grave is located here!
You can't see it anywhere else!
Brodick Castle and Gardens
Lovely huge gardens. Actually the whole isle of Arran is really nice. It's rather small though