Port Glasgow is a village on the coast of Lake Erie, about 75km southeast of London, Ontario. It was settled by Scottish immigrants to Upper Canada around 1818. Erosion eventually destroyed the original harbour. The port itself now features the Port Glasgow Yacht Club and marina, a small lighthouse, sandy beach, and a walking trail through the forest along the water’s edge. Continue reading
Brock’s Monument commemorates the work of Major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock was a leading figure in the early battles against American forces in the War of 1812 and died at the Battle of Queenston Heights. The monument stands an imposing 56m (185ft) tall and is actually the second to commemorate Brock at Queenston Heights, as the first was dynamited in April 1840 in an act likely related to the 1837 Rebellion. The monument towers above the Niagara River, very close to the modern-day border between Canada and the USA.
Queenston Heights offer beautiful picnic grounds, a historic walk related to the Battle, and a new monument and garden acknowledging the vital contributions of First Nations peoples to the War.
The Isle of Arran holds countless points of beauty and of historic (and prehistoric) significance. Only two hours from Glasgow (approx. 1 hour by train plus 1 hour by ferry) off the West Coast of Scotland, Arran’s most noticeably spectacular feature may be Goatfell, it’s highest point, Continue reading
I was just talking to a friend (from the US) about York and as it turned out, she had a very similar experience visiting there as me – it’s a city that immediately feels welcoming and manageable and filled with fun things to see highlighting a diverse range of time periods and people (and a vague smell of chocolate in the air).
Regent’s Park in London was originally set aside by Henry VIII for use as a hunting ground. During the Regency, John Nash planned and developed the park. Along with 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, the park also is home to 100 species of wild birds.
This is such a lovely valley, with the enormous viaduct stretching its length. The viaduct was completed in 1898. It was made especially famous in the Harry Potter movies, of course, but it also featured a film that played a major role in shaping my love of otters and suspicion of people named Angus: Ring of Bright Water. (“I thought it was just an otter!” Talk about scarring for a small child.)
Glenfinnan was also the site of the Jacobite Rising’s beginnings in 1745, and the valley features a picturesque monument to the ’45, built in 1815. The Glenfinnan Monument is a property of the National Trust for Scotland.
This is quite simply one of the best places in the world (and my favorite spot in Edinburgh).
The village of Arrochar can be found at the top of Loch Long, about an hour northwest of Glasgow. There are walkways and picnic areas along the edge of the water. Arrochar is a lovely little place to stop for a break before taking on the forest paths and hillwalking nearby. Note that Loch Long reaches out to the sea. These photos were taken at low tide.
Arrochar and Loch Long — Photo credits: Paula Dumas