When I set off on the train from Glasgow to Lochwinnoch I felt quite
excited, as you do when you're visiting some place you've never been
before. Five minutes into the journey and a large group of children got
on. They looked about five or six years of age, and they were excited
too. Their adult chaperones herded the squealing kiddiewinks into
various seats in the carriage, and before I could fully grasp what was
happening, I was surrounded and enveloped in a sea of gushing enthusiasm
for what the day had in store. The journey, pleasant at the best of
times with nice green swathes of countryside to admire, became more
interesting than it had ever been. Various things were being pointed out
along the way... 'There's a cow!' said one small child. 'Where?' said
another. 'There,' said the first. Everyone in the carriage turned their
heads to see. 'Loooook!' said all the children in perfect unison... 'A
cow!' Clearly keen to be one step ahead of everyone else, the young boy
who first noticed the cow then gave an update: 'There's more than one of
them!' he said, as calmly as he could, which was difficult as he was
fidgeting so much with excitement that I was fearful he might wet
himself. 'It's a whole herd of cows!!' they all shouted, 'And they're
all eating grass!' Not wishing to
disappoint them, I duly turned to look, doing my best to adopt a facial
expression that said I had never ever seen a cow before, especially
one eating grass.
And the reason the kids were so excited? ... they were off to see birds.
Maybe there is
hope in the world.
CASTLE SEMPLE LOCH
BARR CASTLE - 17th CENTURY TOWER
You can get a train to Lochwinnoch from Glasgow Central Railway
Station. The village is 1 mile from the station.