This is the third entry into my series of posts looking at what interesting places or buildings we have seen from the train window, and this one looks at Scotland.
We were treated to his spectacular view on the train between Glasgow Queen Street and Perth, looking towards the Highlands of Scotland. I couldn’t tell you exactly which hills or mountains they are, but they look pretty impressive and I hope we see a lot more of them when we start venturing further north into the country.
The Erskine Bridge is a large road bridge carrying traffic from West Dunbartonshire, into Renfrewshire, not far from Glasgow. It look’s similar to the Forth Road Bridge, and has been operational since 1971. It’s quite a sight to look at it, as it’s a vast structure running over the river Clyde, that will run on then through Glasgow city centre.
On a train from Edinburgh Waverley in the city centre to North Queensferry on the other side of the river Forth, we passed by Edinburgh Airport, the busiest Airport in Scotland. It’s easy to get too, with the M8 Motorway from Glasgow running very close to it, and regular buses taking passengers into Edinburgh itself, as well as the new Edinburgh tram system that is being constructed and is nearly ready to open, that runs from Edinburgh city centre straight to the Airport.
For anyone coming by train from other parts of the country, a new railway station called “Edinburgh Gateway” is hopefully going to open in late 2016, and will provide an interchange between mainline services and the tram system so you can travel by train to Edinburgh, hop on a tram and get to the Airport.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
There are two Airports that serve Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. One of these is just outside the town of Paisley, next to Glasgow, and the second is the one picture above, in the town of Prestwick, near Ayr on the coast. It is the 4th busiest airport in Scotland, and only 32 miles out of Glasgow. Trains stop at a special station here on the way from Glasgow to Ayr, so there is no problem with transport connections back to Glasgow.
On our way back from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, we got a great view of Aberdeen’s lighthouse, which was a bit too far out from the city centre for us to go and visit it whilst we were there.
It was built in 1833, and was home to a famous foghorn in the area that was operational until the 1980’s. The old Lighthouse keeper’s cottages surround it, and a few are even up for sale at the moment.
Inchkeith Island and Lighthouse
Again on the journey back from Aberdeen, as we moved around the Fife coast we could see out into the Firth of Forth, and spotted Inchkeith Island, with it’s distinctive cream lighthouse. The lighthouse dates from at least 1804, whilst the island itself has been in use since the 15th century as a fort and quarantine area.