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Brisbane Glen & Three Sisters

The town of Largs, Scotland is very rich in history and lore. It is a major place of history not just for the Scottish people, but for the Vikings also. Along with all this history, the town of Largs boasts a large number of historical points of interest. One of these places is the Brisbane Glen. Named after noted astronomer Thomas Brisbane, the Glen is one of the world’s foremost places for observing birds.

The Brisbane Glen runs more than 7 miles inland from the town of Largs on the coast. It is accessible by Brisbane Glen Road, a minor road, and offers some of the world’s densest population of birds. Great care is taken to preserve this habitat and the entire Glen, outside of Largs, is enclosed. A car park, picnic area, and both moorland and woodland trails are available to people visiting the Glen.

Thomas Brisbane also left another mark in the Largs area that is honored by a monument. The Three Sisters monument was built in honor of Sir Thomas Brisbane for the work he did in the observatory he built in 1808 at Brisbane House. Standing on Green Hill, near the north end of Largs, The Three Sisters are meridian pillars representing the astronomical observatory. There is also another smaller pillar located in the Brisbane Glen through which the 3 Sisters could be sighted.

Thomas Brisbane, while serving as Governor General of South Wales, made many great contributions to the Largs area, and to astronomical theories and information. The area around Largs, and the coastal ports, recognize these efforts by naming two distinct historical features after him.

Anyone who is visiting Scotland, and more specifically the Largs community, owes it to themselves to spend some time walking, and biking, along the trails of the Brisbane Glen. There you will see a great concentration of Grey Wagtail, Blackbirds, Wrens, and Wheatears, Great Spotted Woodpecker, among many other birds. While strolling through the various trails, you can also see brilliant fauna, waterfalls, and incredible canopies of mixed woodland. Visitors of Largs should also treat themselves to a stop at the Three Sisters monument for more of what Thomas Brisbane contributed to Largs.

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