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Elcho Castle, Perth and Kinross

Elcho Castle sits almost on the banks of the River Tay a few miles south of Perth, Scotland. It’s quite an adventure getting to it as it involves going through a farmyard, then past a small stream and millpond.

It’s worth it when you get there though.

Elcho Castle

Elcho Castle

Tower:-

Tower, Elcho Castle

Castle from grounds:-

Elcho Castle from Below

Main staircase:-

Elcho  Castle

Main hall:-

Elcho Castle

Hall from above:-

Hall, Elcho Castle

Part of roof, plus chimney and turret. River Tay in background:-

Roof, Chimney, Turret, Elcho Castle

Roofs:-

Roofs, Elcho Castle

Part of roof from rooftop walkway:-

Part of Roof, Elcho Castle

Roof structure:-

Elcho Castle Roof Structure

Balgonie Castle

Apart from a henge (or two) it’s a toss-up whether the nearest ancient monument to Son of the Rock Acres is Falkland Palace or Balgonie Castle.

We’ve been to the Palace many times but only visited Balgonie Castle for the first time in June last year. The local Heritage Group had its last meeting of the season there with the permission of the Laird.

Balgonie Castle tower and entrance:-

Balgonie Castle

The Castle has of course been used in the TV series made from the Outlander books (it seems almost no castle in Scotland hasn’t.) This door by the pathway from the small car park emphasises the fact.

Balgonie Castle

I believe the castle is not open to visitors at the moment though.

That door is to the right of this part of the castle wall:-

Balgonie Castle Bastion Wall

The castle has been partially restored by the present Laird. Still-ruined portion from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle, Ruined Portion from Courtyard

Tower from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle

Part of courtyard wall. The flags are of Scotland and Texas. The Laird’s wife is from that US state I believe.

Balgonie Castle

Courtyard wall with wooden cloister:-

Balgonie Castle Courtyard Wall

Courtyard wall and well:-

Balgonie Castle

External stair from courtyard to main building:-

Balgonie Castle External Stair From Courtyard

Part of castle:-

Balgonie Castle

Coat of arms:-

Balgonie Castle Coat of Arms

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (ii)

In the same street as Devonvale Hall (Moss Road, Tillicoultry) there are lots of thirties semi-detached houses all with Deco styling.

Rounded bay window surrounds. Windows and door replaced though:-

Art Deco Features, Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Art Deco Semi-detached  Moss Road

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco Features

More Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco

Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry Again

In Devonvale Crescent:-

Semi-detached, Devonvale Crescent, Tillicoultry

Gatepost in Ann Street:-

Art Deco Gatepost, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Gatepost with house:-

Semi-detache  Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Another Deco gateway in Ann Street:-

Another Deco Gateway, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

House and gateway, Ann Street:-

Ann Street, Tillicoultry, Thirties Semi-detached House

House at corner of Moss Road and Ann Street:-

Art Deco Style Moss Road and Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (i)

Tillicoultry is in the heart of the country,* in Clackmannanshire.

Devonvale Hall in the town’s Moss Road is a belter of a 1930s building.

It looks like the windows were originally Critall but have been replaced.

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Name cartouche:-

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry, Name Cartouche

Offset view:-

Offset View, Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Side windows:-

Side of Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

*Scots among you with long memories may remember this as a tag-line for a TV ad for a furniture retailer local to Tillicoultry.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 57: Girvan

From Glenluce we travelled up the Ayrshire coast, heading home.

On entering Girvan I spotted this building. The various verticals and horizontals, the “rule of three” in the windows, the canopy and the stepped roofline all make this building shreik Deco.

Art Deco Building, Girvan, Ayrshire

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey, a former Cistercian building, lies a couple of miles or so from the village of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway. It is yet another historic site in the region.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Outbuildings:-

Outbuildings, Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Outbuildings

Part of Abbey:-

Part of Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce

This view shows the rebuilt cloister:-

Glenluce Abbey

Which you can also see below:-

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Ruins, Glenluce Abbey

Showing Abbot’s “House.” That small buiding to the centre right. It’s tiny inside and he’s supposed to have slept upstairs. The floors have gone and there’s no sign of stairs. He must have needed a ladder.

GlenluceAbbey

Arches:-

Glenluce Abbey, Arches

Night stair:-

Night Stair, Glenluce Abbey

Window in arch. Note flower growing from bottom left corner:-

Window, Glenluce Abbey

There were plants “climbing” the walls:-

Flwering Plants, Glenluce Abbey

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point.

The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse is situated at the very tip of the Rhinns of Galloway Peninsula.

Lighthouse from car park:-

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

From approach path:-

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse From Approach Path

The Lighthouse is one of the Stevenson family lighthouses and was designed by Robert Stevenson grandfather of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

Information Board:-

Mull of Galloway Info Board

Foghorn from lighthouse:-

Foghorn from Lighthouse

It’s quite a steep way down to the foghorn via the path:-

Foghorn from path

On a good day you can see from the lighthouse not only Cumbria and Ireland but also the Isle of Man. It wasn’t a good day – as you can see from this photo of the nearby rocks:-

Mull of Galloway rocks

Whithorn Parish Church

This church is situated very near the ruins of Whithorn Priory. It’s very Presbyterian in appearance.

Whithorn Parish Church Exterior

The interior has some stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass in Whithorn Parish Church

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory was a mediæval Priory in Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway. The area was once the cradle of Christianity in Scotland but the building is now a ruin.

The bringer of Christianity, St Ninian, died in Whithorn and is thought to have been buried here, the Priory growing up around his shrine.

Remains of Priory from access lane:-

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory

Information board:-

Information Board, Whithorn Priory

Interior:-

Whithorn Priory, Interior

Interior, Whithorn Priory

Carved stone in grounds:-

Carved Stone at Whithorn Priory

Doorway:-

Doorway, Whithorn Priory

Detail:-

Whithorn Priory, Detail on Doorway

Exterior ruins:-

Whithorn Priory, Exterior Ruins

Whithorn

And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediæval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

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