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South Lanarkshire

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  • Day122

    Day 122: To Edinburgh via New Lanark

    June 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time to leave the Lake District, and England as well! Onwards to Scotland, another country but also at the same time, not another country. In Facebook terms, "It's Complicated". But first of course - a UNESCO World Heritage stop!

    In southern Scotland, about 25 miles south of Glasgow, lies the village of New Lanark, an industrial town from the early 19th century. Similar to Saltaire that we'd visited a week or so earlier, it was a village set up to house workers for nearby cotton mills, and like Saltaire the owner was horrified by what his workers had to endure in the slums, so did his best to improve their conditions.

    The houses were small but neat, and came equipped with proper water and sanitation (though the whole village is in a valley where the Clyde River runs straight through, so these things were both fairly easy to achieve). He also built the usual recreation buildings, schools and a hospital. What's interesting here though is that where Saltaire was operated on principles of religious paternalism, New Lanark's operator Robert Owen was much more of a socialist and an egalitarian.

    His company shops sold goods at very fair prices (unlike many company shops which exploited their monopoly status with ruthless price hikes), which ultimately lead to the founding of food co-operatives that still continue today. His ideas of providing for workers outside of work and looking after families of injured workers etc lead to developments of social safety nets, and he actively encouraged his workers to unionise. Very revolutionary for the time, and visiting dignitaries were amazed that the mills were profitable as well as accommodating for workers.

    We had a look around here, but you needed a fairly overpriced ticket to access most of the buildings (and we'd read that most of the information/displays were aimed at kids), so decided to skip. Instead we took a nice long hike along the river Clyde which winds past. There's some beautiful waterfalls about 20 minutes walk up the river which we rather enjoyed. There were some nice waterfalls another 20 minutes further on which we enjoyed a lot less, sadly! But still good to get a long walk in.

    Back to the car finally, where we headed north-east towards our final destination: Edinburgh. We have three nights of accommodation booked here to explore and film the world heritage site in the centre of town (the Old & New Town). But thinking things over, we knew we also had to film a piece on the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO site about 25 minutes west of the city. Not wanting to waste half a day travelling in and out of the city, we made an impulse decision to film the Forth Bridge today as well.

    It's a huge bridge and very impressive - built in the 1890s and the second-longest multi-span cantilever bridge in the world. I don't think it's an impressive record, but it makes sense when you see what it looks like. It's 2.2km long, the deck is 50m above the water and the tower tops are 100m over the water. All up it's very impressive. Filmed as best we could from a crowded shore, faced with several annoying people on jetskis tearing about. Is there a worse watercraft than a jetski? I don't think so.

    Second site for the day done, we drove into Edinburgh proper to our accommodation. We're in a fairly decent spot, about 5 minutes walk from Holyrood Palace where the Queen stays each year. Managed to get a park right outside the apartment, where we lugged our stuff in. It's a half-basement flat - underneath street level at the front, but ground level at the back where there's a nice grass patch for Schnitzel to whizz on. Very quirky decorations with lots of candles and found furniture.

    Feeling tired and unenthusiastic, we wandered to a pub around the corner for an ale and a meal before turning in. Lots more walking to come tomorrow I think!
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  • Day20

    Home of a whisky giant ..

    August 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today was a day of sightseeing around Aryshire in Scotland. We took the scenic route to the coast - must admit it was a bit rainy and foggy - but good farming country and prosperous looking farms. There are many golf courses around here and yes, the grass is unbelievably green.

    We drove through some small country lanes where very wealthy people have built huge mansions on what looks like 5 acre blocks - lots of trees and privacy. For lunch we stopped at the Piersland House Hotel.

    This hotel has a fascinating history and architecture which makes it well worth stopping off in for a spot of food or an overnight stay. The house was built in 1895 for the grandson of the founder of Johnny Walker - yes, the famous whisky brand, and the owner served as managing director of the company.

    Driving back there was plenty of traffic on the winding roads, got caught behind a truck and so had a slow drive home. A great dinner with Rosemary & John then home for a family catchup, a few beers and a few whiskys and a promise from Mary that we would be up and away by 10am tomorrow.

    So its off to Manchester tomorrow to catch up with rellies ... really looking forward to that.

    Cheers
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  • Day7

    Day 7. Sanquhar to Overfingland.

    July 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Last night I thought I had a major problem. I had sent emails confirming our reservations on the West Highland Way. All confirmed except one which told me the reservation was cancelled. A phone call and a couple of emails solved the problem. The lass had misread my email. What a relief.
    Today we caught a bus up to Wanlockhead, the highest village in the UK. It was the centre of lead mining in this area. Everything was closed on Mondays.
    The walk to the pick-up point at Overfingland crossed the highest point in the walk at 725 m. Mountains between 2000-3000 are Donald's. Above 3000m they are referred to as Munros. What followed was a series of steep ascents/descents as we made our way across the moorland. Good track for 2/3rds then some bog. Quite manageable.
    Weather was fine with a brisk, cool breeze. Good for walking.
    Ran, the owner of Hopetoun Arms Hotel in Leadhills, picked us up and drove us back to the hotel. The highest in Scotland.
    Didn't take many photos today as it was of moorlands and the camera does not do justice to this type of scenery.
    The ball on the top of the hill is a radar station.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

South Lanarkshire, SLK, Южен Ланаркшър, Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas, Jižní Lanarkshire, De Swydd Lanark, Hegoaldeko Lanarkshire, لانارکشر جنوبی, Etelä-Lanarkshire, Comhairle Shiorrachd Lannraig a Deas, Lannraig Yiass, Južni Lanarkshire, Suður-Lanarkshire, Lanarkshire Meridionale, サウス・ラナークシャー, 사우스래너크셔 주, Pietų Lanarkšyras, ساؤتھ لنارکشائر, Южный Ланаркшир, Sooth Lanrikshire, Південний Ланаркшир, 南拉纳克郡

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