Yesterday afternoon, feeling the need for some fresh air and a change of scenery, we decided to visit the historic South Lanarkshire market town of Strathaven.
After an exhausting uphill hike past the ruins of Strathaven Castle and through the town cemetery, we were rewarded with panoramic views across the rooftops and surrounding countryside.
Back at ground level, we called in at Strathaven Gallery. This quirky little art gallery/coffee shop is housed in a former snooker hall and serves the most delicious home-made cakes and a selection of teas from Edinburgh-based eteaket. Our Scottish Breakfast blend came in a vast rustic teapot and was accompanied by an egg timer to ensure optimum brewing. As for the cake, I couldn’t resist a slice of perennial afternoon tea favourite Victoria sponge while the mister went for the Bakewell tart.
We rounded off the afternoon with a meander through some of Strathaven’s residential streets with their impressive stone villas and colourful cottage-style gardens. Finally, we found a bench in the park overlooking the Edwardian bandstand and enjoyed a snooze in the late afternoon sun.
Without doubt, our most unusual sighting of the trip was a mini flock of sheep grazing among the headstones in the cemetery. Whether they had escaped from a nearby field or were employed by the local council to keep the grass in check remains a mystery. They ran off before I could ask…