Loose Ends

Wild West, Morningside

Loose Ends started in April 2018 at Aberdour Castle in Fife. The series sees me finding connections between one historical place and another and going there. Aberdour was inspired by seeing a poster on a train. The popular telly programme Outlander features both Aberdour and Linlithgow Palace as a setting so I went to Linlithgow a few weeks later. Later that day I went to Stirling Castle because of a connection with Mary, Queen of Scots and her father, James V.

At the moment the series has featured sixty three places, mostly taking in southern Scotland so far. The original post, Castle connections, was just about castles though the series has so far included libraries, museums, big houses, abbeys, bridges and batteries. Hopefully some other places, like beam engines and Town Houses, will be included in time.

  1. Aberdour Castle
  2. Linlithgow Palace
  3. Stirling Castle
  4. Crookston Castle
  5. Lamer Island 
  6. Tranter’s Bridge
  7. Culross
  8. Glasgow Cathedral
  9. National Museum of Scotland
  10. Dunfermline
  11. Abbotsford
  12. Glasgow Women’s Library
  13. Bachelor’s Club
  14. Coldstream
  15. The Meadows
  16. Cathkin Park
  17. The Necropolis
  18. Ramshorn Cemetery
  19. Makar’s Court
  20. Wild West
  21. Calton Hill and again
  22. Dundee Law
  23. Martyrs’ Monument
  24. Perth Bridge
  25. Greyfriars Burial Ground
  26. John Witherspoon statue
  27. Meadowbank Stadium
  28. Portobello Community Garden
  29. Portobello Potteries
  30. Leakey’s Bookshop
  31. Desperate Dan
  32. Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue
  33. ‘Paps of Jura’ by William McTaggart
  34. Bilsdean
  35. Bridge to Nowhere
  36. Dirleton Castle
  37. Marjorie Bruce cairn
  38. Democracy cairn
  39. John Frederic Bateman monument
  40. Craigmaddie Gauge Basin
  41. Bearsden Bathhouse
  42. Queen’s Park and again
  43. Caledonia Road Church
  44. Arandora Star Memorial Garden
  45. Leith Links
  46. Charlotte Square Gardens
  47. Agassiz Rock
  48. Blackford Hill Rocks
  49. Arden Street
  50. Espedair Street
  51. Glasgow Central Station
  52. Kibble Palace
  53. George Square
  54. Donald Dewar statue
  55. La Pasionaria statue
  56. Billy Connolly mural
  57. Mitchell Street mural
  58. Fisherrow Fishermen
  59. Rottenrow
  60. Creel Loaders statue
  61. DunBear
  62. Abandon Ship
  63. V and A Dundee


From April to June 2020, I posted Loose Ends Redux, a selection of posts looking back at previous Loose Ends adventures.

1. Aberdour-Stirling

2. Crookston-Tranter’s Bridge

3. Culross-National Museum of Scotland

4. Dunfermline-Glasgow Women’s Library

5. Bachelors’ Club-The Meadows

6. Cathkin Park-Ramshorn

7. Makar’s Court-Calton Hill

8. Dundee Law-Perth Bridge

9. Greyfriars Burial Ground-Meadowbank

10. Portobello Community Garden-Leakey’s Bookshop

11. Desperate Dan-Queen’s Park

12. Caledonia Road Church-V and A Dundee


In June 2020, I started Virtual Loose Ends, a virtual connection adventure around Scotland, beginning at Aberdour Castle and ending at the V and A Dundee, as with the real thing.