It is coincidental, unbelievable and yet poignant on this day (Burns night) that the next stage of my journey should be from the heart of Burns country. Despite images taken over several days from the previous (Irvine) post, you may re-call me telling you that the weather wasn't good and the forecast was worse for the afternoon.
I hadn't travelled far from the hotel to The Scottish Maritime museum on my first day and didn't intend to hang around looking in a shopping centre or getting wet, so the world (or rather Ayrshire) was my oyster. When I looked up into the sky, it was a no brainer to choose somewhere in the south of the region as there was glorious sunshine in that direction. From the few options available, Alloway and Ayr seemed the least expensive as an afternoon filler with plenty of variety. I had been to these places a few times before, usually on a North East Railtours day out from home and on one other occasion when I stayed in Ayr for a week many years ago.
Having not been here in digital imagery before, it was a great opportunity to experiment and display some of the most photographed scenes in South West Scotland that viewers will either recognise or want to see, hopefully with my take on it.
|Alloway Post Office (image 1)|
This is the scene across the road from the famous title image of Burns Cottage. I don't usually do a lot with extreme editing but for those that know me on here, I played about with this one in Photoshop and Aperture for a couple of reasons.
|Alloway Post Office (image 2)|
|Alloway Post Office (image 3)|
|Alloway Post Office (image 4)|
|Burns Cottage profile, Alloway|
|Thatch, Burns Cottage, Alloway|
|Tam O' Shanter plant pot !!|
|Auld Kirk sign, Alloway|
|The Auld Kirk Alloway and William Burns grave.|
|Brig O' Doon, Alloway|
|Brig O' Doon sign|
|Brig O' Doon Stones|
|Brig O' Doon gardens|
|Brig O' Doon View|
|Burns Monument and garden|
|Burns monument sign|
As an amateur cyclist who has to dismount at Pelican and Zebra crossings, I waited for the traffic lights to change in order to witness this unusual and incredible road spectacle. This King of the road in Alloway people mover was off to collect the tourists from The Burns museum (didn't photograph it) and take them to the car park. I was left wondering are pedestrians forbidden to cross here for safety reasons.
|Pedestrian Crossing, Alloway|