En Route

Travelling south to our holiday destination, we partook of a wee bit of social history! We stopped off for the night in the Strathclyde valley where we enjoyed an evening walk in the park, watching the sunset over a reservoir created in the 70’s after flooding a village.


Somewhat further back in history, we came across a ruin of some Roman baths. We didn’t realise that the Romans got so far north so it just goes to show that we can learn something new every day!

Bath plans

I love to walk among Roman ruins, knowing that my feet are treading where some centurian walked two thousand years ago! It looks like Kevin’s trying to find the changing room!

Changing rooms?

Continuing our journey the following day, we stopped off at New Lanark. This is a World Heritage Site. It is a town constructed in the late 18th century by philanthropist and Utopian idealist, Robert Owen. This man was the owner of four cotton mills and built the town for his workers in a beautiful rural location.


The town contained a school, store and the world’s first nursery for workers’ children.

new lanark

It sits on the River Clyde…

new lanark 2

…which is used not only to produce electricity but is channelled through the town …


…to turn the waterwheel which operated all the mill paraphernalia.


A wonderful place. It was extremely arduous work in a cotton mill, but the photos dotted around the place of past workers showed smiling faces!

"every child..."


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7 Responses to “En Route”

  1. Le Petit Potager Says:

    What a wonderful stop over; so pleased we could all come along for the ride

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, Garybuie is going to be blogless for the rest of the week as I left my camera in my son’s car who has now gone home!

      • Le Petit Potager Says:

        Glad I don’t have a blog I discovered when I went to use the camera last week its gone on a wee holiday to New Zealand. Oh well I’ll have to wait until November now; a week away doesn’t sound too bad to me

      • garybuie01 Says:

        Oh dear! I’m hoping that mine will be waiting for me when we arrive back on Skye – if my son has remembered to post it!

  2. cecilia Says:

    How wonderful, he must have been ahead of his time almost, esp the nursery.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      absolutely – it’s a shame things aren’t done the same way these days. This was when Britain WAS great!

  3. garybuie01 Says:

    Absolutely – we don’t get employers like that any more!

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