Train Travels: Volume 7 – Scotland 2

This is my seventh post about the various things we have seen from the train window as we have been travelling around the country. This post covers the South of England and a 2nd look at Scotland.

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Scottish Lowlands

We have travelled up to Glasgow Central from Carlisle a few times now, and the line cuts through the Scottish Lowlands, a vast hilly area full of great landscapes. There are many things to see, from hills, peaks and stretching countryside, and it makes for a relaxing journey.

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Dumbarton Rock and Castle

On the train line from Glasgow Central to Weymss Bay on the coast, the train goes along the side of the firth of Clyde before bending round to the coast itself. In the firth you can see Dumbarton Rock, at the bottom of which sits Dumbarton Castle.

The top of the rock is 240 feet tall, and the original medieval Castle used to sit atop it. Most of the original buildings have been lost, as it faced many battles. Amongst the surviving sections include a Portcullis Arch from the 14th century, and a 16th century Guard House. Some of these do still sit at the top of the rock, but the main buildings are now at the bottom.

It is open to the public and during the different seasons you can climb the 557 steps up to White Tower Crag, at the very top of the rock.

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Station Decorations

On the way to the town of Balloch, at the foot of Loch Lomond, we passed this awesome little train decoration at one of the intermediate stations. It takes the form of a train, and contains some lovely flower decorations. I haven’t seen one of these before and it amused me. It’s one train that will always be on time!

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Paisley

Coming in to Paisley from Weymss Bay we got a great view of the Thomas Coats Memorial Church, which is featured at the back of the picture on the right, with the beautiful crown spire.

It opened in 1894 and is the largest Baptist Church in Europe. The detail both inside and outside is fantastic with mosaics and fountains all around the building. This was an area of Paisley we didn’t get too when we were exploring the town itself as it was quite a way out from the train station we pulled in at.

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Paisley Cathedral

On the way back from Paisley towards Glasgow Central we passed Paisley Cathedral, called St Mirin’s. It was opened in 1931, and became a Cathedral in 1948, and is one of the smaller Cathedral’s we have seen, but this makes it no less important.

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