From Glasgow to Edinburgh to Loch Lomond and More Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner October 16, 2019
Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's most familiar landmarks. TORONTO STAR
On my very first day, ever, in Scotland, I happened upon a noisy football rally (a "footie"), in George Square in Glasgow. The rivalry between the Rangers and the Celtics puts any Habs-Leafs competition in the shade. In fact, some bars warn you not to wear team colours inside.
I was there for a religious retreat on the mystic island of Iona in the western Hebrides. More on that next week. Also to honour my mother, who was a Hogg, and to learn something of the tumultuous history of the 5 million people living in Scotland now. The Scots are survivors of a harsh climate, years of clan rivalry, a mighty struggle with the English over 700 years, and much out-migration (from which Canada as benefited). And now North Sea oil.
When I travel, I jot down wry and interesting public signs. Here is one: "Disabled Toilet." Another: "Weak Bridge Ahead." Would you chance it? Finally, in a warm and friendly pub, I saw: "When I read about the perils of drinking, I gave up reading."