Monday, 19 June 2017

5 Must See Locations near Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city, and is well known all over the world. It has culture, arts, music, good food and pretty much everything you could want from a city.
However, if you love the outdoors and nature just as much as me, those things won't matter as much as what there is to see just outside the city. Sure a suburban walk can be nice, I find a walk in nature much nicer.
In the past 10 months, I've seen some amazing sights, and i'm about to list them all for your ease!

1. The Devils Pulpit 

The Finnich Glen is an amazing wee gorge to go and visit. The actual Devil's pulpit refers to the big rock in the middle of the gorge. It almost looks like a throne, fit for, maybe a devil? Lore has it that this is where the Devil would preach to the druids and monks.
If you want to read more about the Devils Pulpit, click here.
2. The Whangie 

The Whangie is a fantastic geological feature to visit. For years people have described it as have being created by Glacial Plucking however we now know it was a translational landslide. Or you can believe the old Scottish tail that there was a meeting of witches here, and the devil rushed to be part of it, and in all his excited whipped his tail so hard it created an amazing crack in the rocks. To read more about the Whangie, click here.

3.  The Falls Of Clyde 

The falls of Clyde is an amazing waterfall not far from New Lanark. It is a short walk for a spectacular view. Words cannot describe how beautiful these falls are. They are also famously inspiration for one of J.M.W's Artworks called "The Falls of Clyde." if you'd like to read more about this walk, click here 

4. River Ayr Way 

The River Ayr Way runs from Glenbuck Loch, all the way to Ayr. It follows (you guessed it) The River Ayr. I have only done two little sections of this walk, but both had amazing history.
One of them is Ballochmyle Cup and Ring carvings. These are said to be Neolithic carvings in the cliffs. No one really knows their true cause.
The second is Peden's Cove. Stairs that had been carved in the stone to let Alexander Peden through to preach to the villagers in the next town. The board does advise that you don't go climbing on these steps to preserve them, however I only read the board AFTER I had climbed the steps. (Oops.)
5. Buchanan Castle

Buchanan castle was one of the most fabulous ruined castles I had seen. It is located on the Buchanan castle estate, and was built 1852-58 for the Montrose family. It was built as a replacement for the Buchanan Auld House. It was no longer in use as of 1925. Now it lies derelict with hedges and shrubs making it impenetrable from the outside. It almost looks like the story of sleeping beauty we were told as a child. Although you can't get into this castle, it is still an amazing thing to view. If you want to read more about my trip to the castle, read here.

I hope this has given you some inspiration to really get out there and explore, and to check out some of the history Scotland has to offer. 

Until next time
Jade - Your introvert Adventurer.