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UNITED KINGDOM - Scotland


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Scotland - Edinburgh; Population - Scotland - 5.2 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - WALES

Falkirk is only a few minutes train ride from Stirling, and has two outstanding attractions - May 2016.

 

ScotlandnoteScottish banks issue their own versions of the Pound - this is the Bank of Scotland's version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland924The Kelpies are absolutely stunning and in my opinion a must see - Falkirk

 

scotland926Situated in the north east of Falkirk, The Kelpies rise majestically from a parkland project called The Helix

 

scotland930The steel structures were completed in 2013 and opened to the public the following year, a gateway to an extension of the Forth and Clyde Canal - Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland941Sculptor Andy Scott's inspiration for The Kelpies comes from the mythological shapeshifting water-horses (aka kelpies), combined with the role horses played in canal transport in years gone by - Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland957Booking a 45min tour allows you a peek inside - Falkirk

 

scotland947The Kelpies are modelled on real-life Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron, though I've forgotten which one's which! Falkirk

 

scotland954Considering their size and made of steel, they're amazingly life like - Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland898Falkirk's other big draw is the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first (and only?) rotating boat lift, which links the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal

 

scotland902The Wheel raises boats 24metres from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal above, replacing a staircase of 11 locks - Falkirk

 

scotland893Boats enter what's described as a huge bath tub of water, which is sealed before the rotation begins. The 'bath tub' remains level due to rotating wheels within the ring - Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland892The Falkirk Wheel was opened in 2002 by the Queen. Go on a 1hr boat trip and experience it for yourself - Falkirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland914Our boat cruises the Union Canal back to the arches of the Wheel, ready for the descent - Falkirk

 

scotland961When in Falkirk I read that Andy Scott had other sculptures in the nearby city of Alloa. This is 'I Can See For Miles', immediately outside the train station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland963A couple of hundred metres to the station's left in the centre of a roundabout, is 'Lifeline' - Alloa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland965On the east coast of Scotland a couple of hours from Edinburgh is the university town of St Andrews

 

scotland966The University of St Andrews boasts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (in other words William and Kate) as former students - St Andrews

 

scotland967 It's also Scotland's oldest university, founded in the 15th century; St Salvator's Chapel is pictured - St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland975 The 13th century ruins of St Andrews Castle stand over the North Sea - St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland978Go underground to the mine and counter mine, a series of siege tunnels built for warfare when the castle came under attack - St Andrews

 

scotland984More ruins lie at the 12th century St Andrews Cathedral - St Andrews

 

scotland993Within the cathedral grounds is St Rule's Tower, from where you can climb the steps for a view of St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1002Hamish McHamish was the cool cat about town - St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland999West Sands beach is famous as a setting in the film Chariots of Fire - St Andrews

 

scotland1004St Andrews is home to arguably the world's most famous links course, The Old Course, known as the 'home of golf'

 

scotland1010All golfers will know both the iconic Swilken Bridge as well as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club behind - St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1014Scotland's Secret Bunker is in the middle of nowhere - as you'd expect! - between St Andrews and Anstruther

 

scotland1018The bunker was Scotland's underground command centre in the event of nuclear war, kept secret for over 40 years - Scotland's Secret Bunker

 

scotland1021 Walk the 135m along the tunnel to the two-level bunker, built 30m underground and surrounded by reinforced concrete - Scotland's Secret Bunker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1024'These blast doors seal the bunker in the event of attack and weigh 1.5tons each' - Scotland's Secret Bunker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1047The bunker is a Cold War museum with relics from the past along with a cinema, cafe and shop - St Andrews

 

scotland1049The bunker has a control room, operations room, switchboard, broadcasting studio, radar room and plant room (to filter radioactive particles in the air) as well as living quarters - St Andrews

 

scotland1032The machinery and technology are definitely relics from a bygone age! St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1031The dormitory - St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scotland1055Crossing the famous Forth Bridge to Edinburgh

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitscotland.com - Scotland tourist board

www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

www.travelinescotland.com - public transport info for Scotland

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.britainexpress.com

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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