Cawfields on Hadrian's Wall:
St. Andrews Cathedral:
The next day, we went up to Angus to visit Glamis Castle. Linda and I had been there about 5 years ago and really enjoyed it, so we thought it'd be a nice place to show Karin. Aterwards, we went to St. Andrews to take a look at the sights there before heading to Edinburgh where we dropped Karin off at her hotel ahead of her flight the next morning to Italy.
Scottish National Party (SNP) - 29.1% 2 MEP's
Labour - 20.8% 2 MEP's
Conservatives - 16.8% 1 MEP
Liberal Democrats - 11.5% 1 MEP
My region, Dumfries and Galloway, is a bit out of step with the rest of the country, and had the following results:
Conservative - 32.4%
SNP - 21.8%
Labour - 15.2%
UKIP - 9.0%
Liberal Democrat - 7.7%
As you can tell, the Conservatives seem to be pretty strong here in the rural south. They don't have a lot of backing in Scotland as a whole, tho, especially in the Labour stronghold of the Glasgow area. The ruling party, the SNP, are strongest in the northeast as well as in the Western Isles, but not very strong in the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland, where Lib Dems have a good share of the vote as well as in the Highland region.
Data on the strongest and weakest regions for the main political parties:
Western Isles 43.3%
Scottish Borders 18.5%
North Lanarkshire 34.0%
West Dunbartonshire 32.0%
Scottish Borders 6.8%
Dumfries and Galloway 32.4%
Scottish Borders 30.1%
South Ayrshire 29.8%
North Lanarkshire 8.4%
Western Isles 8.4%
West Dunbartonshire 8.2%
East Ayrshire 5.3%
West Dunbartonshire 5.3%
Western Isles 4.7%
North Lanarkshire 4.6%
Highest and Lowest Turnout
East Renfrewshire 36.6%
East Dunbartonshire 36.5%
Argyll and Bute 35.7%
North Lanarkshire 22.5%
It's where corks come from.
This is one of the few April school holiday periods where Linda and I haven't gone away. Usually we go to Tuscany or Prague or Hereford or Stratford-Upon-Avon or Angus or the Scottish Highlands.
Or Argyll where the socks come from.
We have a special interest in J. M. Barrie because he used to live in Dumfries and studied at the school that Linda teaches at.... and we went up to Kirriemuir earlier this year to see his birthplace and his grave. Oh, and Linda REALLY likes Johnny Depp who played him in a film.
Here's some info from Wikipedia:
Barrie was born to a family of Scottish weavers in Kirriemuir, Angus, the ninth child of ten. When he was six, his brother David, his mother's favourite, died in a skating accident on the eve of his 14th birthday. His mother never recovered from the loss, and ignored the young Barrie. One time he entered her room, and heard her say "Is that you?" "I thought it was the dead boy she was speaking to," wrote Barrie in his biographical account of his mother, Margaret Ogilvy (1896), "and I said in a little lonely voice, 'No, it's no' him, it's just me.'" Barrie's mother found comfort in the fact that her dead son would remain a boy forever, never to grow up and leave her. This had a profound impact on Barrie: he never grew much beyond five foot, and some authors have speculated that Peter Pan was inspired by the traumatic events of his own childhood. At the age of 13, Barrie was sent away to boarding school at Dumfries Academy. Here he and his friends spent time in the garden of Moat Brae house, playing pirates "in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan".
Some info from the Rampant Scotland newsletter:
Praise From Lonely Planet
The latest edition of the Lonely Planet Great Britain Guide travel guide has some high praise for Scotland's major towns and cities. Edinburgh is described as "one of the most sophisticated cities in the world" and the Royal Mile was "one of the world's most romantic streets". Maybe the reviewers didn't notice the large number of shops selling low quality souvenirs and blaring Scottish music. Glasgow is branded as "alive and kicking with a significant cultural contribution to make" and also rated as "one of the UK's premier shopping destinations". Dundee was "finally taking advantage of its superb location". Although it "still has a grim reputation in parts," Dundee was "ambitiously moving forward". Aberdeen elicited the view that "Its nickname 'The Granite City' may conjure up images of a dour, funless sort of town, but nothing could be further from the truth." The guide is enthusiastic about Plockton, on the northwest coast of Scotland - "Made famous as a location for a TV series Hamish Macbeth, this seaside village is so endearing it's almost unbelievable." It was not all praise, however. Fort William was criticised, with the reviewers saying it "can feel like a mall packed with tartan tat."
This was the home of the late Queen Mum (the Bowes-Lyons family) and birthplace of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret.
Also went to see the ruined castle at St. Andrews...
and even MORE pix of various things we saw can be seen
here.... at http://lismore12.bebo.com (Scottish Holiday 2007 album)
Anyway, so now we're back. It was a really good holiday, I thought. Really enjoyed it.
Today, we went up into the forest with the horse... I took a few photos for the Geograph site but my damn camera eats battery power like nothing... so didn't get as much as I'd like as the batteries died.