Posted in Bridges, Trips at 12:00 pm on 24 September 2015
Telford’s Bridge (see previous post) spans the falls of the River Moriston at Invermoriston village.
The falls from the side of Thomas Telford’s Bridge:-
From the bridge itself:-
Upper falls of River Moriston from Thomas Telford’s bridge:-
Looking to the “new” bridge, which was built in the 1930s:-
Arch of “new” bridge at Invermoriston. I don’t know what the structure that can be seen through the arch and is perched above the river is:-
Posted in Bridges, Trips, War Memorials at 6:00 pm on 23 September 2015
Invermoriston lies near Loch Ness, in the Highlands, 7 miles from the loch’s foot at Fort Augustus.
Apart from some Highland cows in a field by the car park and its War Memorial (which I featured here) its most interesting feature is the bridge built by engineer Thomas Telford in 1813.
The bridge was superseded by a new one in the 1930s and its approaches are now in considerable disrepair:-
This is taken from off to the right of the one above:-
Viewing it from down on the river from the other side of the bridge reveals its two arches:-
Posted in Bridges, Trips at 2:00 pm on 17 September 2015
On our trips around the country with the good lady’s blog pal Peggy we ventured west and took a small detour to Killin to see the Falls of Dochart.
It only occurred to me later that I should have taken a video to show the movement of the water and capture the noise.
Looking towards Killin. Bridge in background. The river (Dochart) divides in two just before here then merges again where the bridge crosses it at Killin village.
Looking upstream from road to west.
Looking back towards site of photo (i).
Looking downstream to bridge.
Looking upstream from bridge.
Looking upstream from bridge to other strand of river.
Showing where the river merges again.
Looking downstream from bridge.
Looking from old mill across to where photo (i) was taken.
Posted in History, Trips, War Memorials at 4:00 pm on 16 September 2015
This very modern Memorial Bench is near the path from the visitor centre to the battlefield at Culloden:-
The inscription is in Gaelic but an English translation is given on the smaller extension, “We followed you, Prince, to this ocean of flatness and bullets.”
Another grave marker refers to the “English” dead. Many in the Duke of Cumberland’s victorious army were actually Lowland Scots. The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 was of course a Civil War.
To the foreground below is a reconstruction of the sort of house that would have been present on or near the battlefield of Culloden as shown on maps from the time. In the background is the modern visitor centre. These buildings make the scene much less bleak than it used to be.
This is the back of the cottage:-
Side view of cottage:-
Front of cottage:-
Posted in History, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 14 September 2015
As the wording on the cairn at the centre of the battlefield of Culloden on Drummossie Moor says, the graves of the clans are marked by the names of the clans.
Mixed clans. The graves go all the way to the back of the mound:-
Clan MacKintosh. Again, the graves go all the way to the back of the mound:-
Clan Cameron. Yet again:-
Clan Stewart of Appin:-
Clans McGillivray, MacLean, MacLachlan and Atholl Highlanders. Nearly three hundred years on and floral tributes are still being paid:-
Well of the Dead. Here the chief of the McGillivray fell:-
Posted in History, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 12 September 2015
Drummossie Moor, site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie suffered his first and only defeat at the end of the ’45, otherwise known as the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-6 (an event which signalled the end of the old Highland way of life,) is one of the more dispiriting places I have visited. It seems a godforsaken area for men to have died over. I went there again this year when the good lady’s blog friend Peggy was over from the US in May. For some strange reason, though, it wasn’t as depressing this time as last. Maybe it was the presence of a Visitor Centre (built in the interim) which made it seem not so bleak and remote.
This is a close-up view of the government (Hanoverian) line – marked by the red flag.
Thios one was taken from the centre of the battlefield. Away in the distance (blue flags) is the Jacobite start line.
This is looking back to the Governent lines (red flags) from the battlefield’s centre.
A cairn lies at the battlefield centre:-
The cairn’s wording is slightly inaccurate. Yes, they fought for Prince Charlie, but in the main they fought for their clan chief (feudally) and not for Scotland per se.
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 8 September 2015
Drumnadrochit lies near the mouth of Glen Urquhart between where the Rivers Coiltie and Enrick debouch into an arm of Loch Ness. Its War Memorial lies on the south side of the main road as it runs along the northern part of the arm.
Here’s a close-up:-
This is one of the rare War Memorials that have a woman listed on them. Subaltern Catherine Tolmie, from World War 2. ATS is short for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the army during that war.
Drumnadrochit village itself is Nessie central. There is a “Nessieland” attraction and a Loch Ness Exhibition. I didn’t bother going into either.
Posted in Trips at 11:46 pm on 10 August 2015
The good lady and I are off gallivanting for a few days; from the 12th.
I don’t know how much contact with the internet I’ll have when we’re away – I’m not one for smart phones. (Or even a mobile come to that, except I carry one for emergencies.)
I’ve scheduled posts for every day up till Sunday, though.
Posted in Art Deco, Trips at 5:00 pm on 21 May 2015
Milngavie is at the end of a branch railway line from Glasgow. it’s also the beginning (or the end) of the West Highland Way.
There wasn’t much deco about. The closest to it was this shop:-
Detail of cartouche on the roofline:-
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 9:56 pm on 20 May 2015
I photographed the War Memorial for Milngavie and District when I was over in Dunbartonshire for the Raith game at the end of the season.
The memorial is set in a sort of square just off the town centre. The inscription reads, “Nobly they kept alight the lamp of liberty.”
I think the figure is holding a dove of peace in her hand but it’s hard to be sure.