Scotland, Scotland: City on the Clyde I
The Scottish referendum is popular topic in world media. Even if the Scots decided not to get out of three hundred year long relationship with England. It is almost certain that London would loosen its tight to Scotland. It is a question how would Scotland do as an independent country and how its would fare on international level.
By the northern shores of Scotland there are large oil reserves with large potential revenues. Yet splitting from Great Britain by Scots might lose benefits such as free healthcare or education.
But these problems can burden you just a little, for the time being. In today’s article we travel to Glaschu or Glasgow. It is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in Great Britain. More than 1.75 million people live there. On average 3.300 inhabitants per square km.
Originally, Glasgow was a rural settlement that was transformed after the Act of Union in 1707 to a large international port vital for transporting goods from Americas. Usually it was sugar, tobacco, and cotton.
Glasgow grew and at the beginning of the 19th century its population surpassed that of Edinburgh. The main industry which made Glasgow famous were shipyards and also locomotives.
The city offers many opportunities to rest. There are many theatres suc has například King’s Theatre that has been playing performances since 1904. The theatre is situated on the corner of Bath Street and Elmbank Street. The theatre is made of red sandstone. The façade on Bath Street combines Art Noveau and Baroque. It can contain 1.785 viewers.
Another important theatre is certainly Theatre Royal. At the time of its opening, usually comedies, harlequins, or operas were played. By the end of 1870s the auditorium was destroyed and rebuilt in style of French Renaissance. This look has remained until the present. During the second half of the 20th century the theatre became a home to Scottish ballet and opera. The theatre can take up to 3000 people altogether.
Theatres are not the only places where you can encounter culture. Also you should see Glasgow Film Theatre. Except for movies in English of various genres, there are played foreign language movies that consist of almost two thirds of all movies. The cinema is also a home to the Glasgow Film Festival, held annually in Feburary.
To be continued...
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photo: Wikipedia.org: Gordon McKinlay, Kilnburn, Moniker42, John Lindie, McWalter
After a short introduction to Glasgow in the last part of our series, today we move on to its streets to explore the most famous sights and places.
In the morning, we set out to beautiful Highlands situated in the northwest. On our way, we pass snow-caped mountains veiled in morning mist. This tempts us to stop and take a beautiful picture. This time we are heading to a place to what we are looking forward the most to – Skye island. A road bloc complicates our travels. It absolutely confuses our GPS which frighten us a bit. We are running of fuel while gaining kilometers and there are not many gas stations around. Eventually, everything works out well and we continue in our journey.
Early in the morning we set out to explore the beautiful Scotish island of Skye. Today, we are about to expect the rain whole day. We are disappointed by that because the place is beautiful. However, as rains are quite common around here it is nothing easy to plan your trip accordingly.
Today, we visit one of the four countries creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is Scotland which is situated in the north of the island. The Atlantic Ocean creates its boundaries on the north and the North Sea in the east.
Already in the summer of 2011, I was in Scotland for a few days visit. But this time it was different. And maybe even a little crazy. At this time I was a fresh adult student, only with a flight ticket to home, about three hundred pounds in his pocket and an overnight stay for the first night.
After we leaved the beautiful island of Skye we go back onto the land. We travel over 100 miles to the east to Aviemore summer resort where we would spend two nights.
So what next you should miss when in Edinburg? For example Royal Yacht Britannia that traveled astonishing 1 million naval miles in its existence, it is as if the yacht traveled around the world for 40 times. In 1997 it was put out of service and today it is opened to the public.
Near the village is Yesnaby, perhaps the most popular cliffs we just had to visit. A look from above on wild waves made took one’s breath. After we explored the surroundings we headed to mysterious stones.
Fortunately, in south part of Lewis there are hills that flawlessly continue to Harris. Islanders also need wood so they planted there a small forest. Now I lay in a warm sleeping bag, in a tent attached to three trees, I listen to an ugly sound of drops constantly hiting my tent. Well, I have to get up eventually. After all I come here to learn about the islands, not to lay all day long.
After a half-an-hour ride I get off in Aberdour, a fishermen town in the Forth Bay. I have no idea where to go so I just follow arrows of the Fife Coastal Path. The reason is perhaps that it goes along the railway (and thus along the coastline as well).
We continued along the coastline to east and we were amazed with a beautiful road without holes and patches. There are just three main roads on Mainland, however, unlike ours they were in splendid condition.
Today, we get to the last part of the series of articles on rough yet magical Scotland.
Cold and raindrops hitting a side of my tent wake me up. It would be better if there was no thermometer for knowing that it is just 1 degree above zero is not very encouraging. Fortunately, the wind got better. I quickly pack my tent hoping that my hands will not freeze.
The last part of our visit of the islands we spent on Mainland and neighboring island on the south. These islands are interconnected with the so-called Churchill barriers.
When one is in Scotland he/she should’t miss Edinburgh, its capital. This city located near the sea is worth at least several day stay. Still, you should bear on mind that you wouldn’t see everything.
Again, I woke up cold. This time it was not on the Orkneys. It was about half the way between Inverness and Perth, close to A9 road. Islands on the north, I had left 19 hours ago. Strong wind is blowing outside. Fortunately, it does not rain.
The Orkney Islands are located on massive cliffs north of Scottish shore. There are 70 islands and only on about 20 there is some permanent settlement.
I have almost no water, no battery in my cell left, thus I travel to Mallaig, a port town from where ferries heading to Skye, Rum, Uist and other, smaller, islands depart. Right next to the port, there is a small train station. Its loading platform has not been used for a long time, obviously. It has two platforms.
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