An encounter with a Roman legion was not what I expected when I set out at Easter for a RELAXING walk…but that’s Scotland for you. Always expect the unexpected….especially when it comes to weather (see last post, ‘Cutting Aboot’). On Good Friday, I set off in rain and murky cloud along a stretch of the Paisley to Gourock Cycle path from Bridge of Weir to Kilmacolm.
In the face of rain, us Scots remain staunchly optimistic. ‘There’s not much rain between the showers’ and ‘The Sun will soon be out’ are our mantras. And uncannily so it comes to pass, as can been seen in the glimpses of blue sky above Kilmacolm’s Old Kirk (above).
On the way back, I took a detour to Quarriers Village, once the Orphan Homes of Scotland. Each large Victorian house in the village was built to look after up to 30 orphaned children. The cottages, as they were called, were built from 1878 onwards by William Quarrier, a deeply religious man who was determined to find homes for the unwanted children of Scotland. Quarriers is now a Scottish charity providing care and support for children, adults and families.
The village feels peaceful and welcoming and I like to think they knew I was coming……the bunting was out!