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Tay Bridge and V&A Dundee

The first stop on the cruise we took last year was … Dundee! It’s only about twenty-five miles or so away from Son of the Rock Acres but it cost £200 less, each, for us to board at Newcastle rather than embark a day later at Dundee. No brainer.

The ship’s docking point in Scotland’s fourth city did give me a view of the Tay Bridge I hadn’t had before, though.

Tay Bridge

To the extreme right of the above photo is the new V&A Dundee, better seen in the photo below with RSS Discovery and Discovery Point beyond V&A:-

Tay Bridge and V&A Building

Wandering round the city centre I came across these stone penguins having a wee daunder:-

Model Penguins, Dundee City Centre

Nearby was this plaque commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Great War. “Dedicated to the glory of god and to those men and women who in all corners of the world gave their lives in service of our beloved country. We Will Remember Them, 11th November 1989.”

Anniversary War Memorial, Dundee City Centre

Cowden Garden Again

Last April we visited Cowden Garden again. (There’s not much chance of another visit in the immediate future.) he garden had come on a bit in its development.

It takes a lot of work to achieve it but there’s something very relaxing about the way a Japanese garden looks:-

Lake and bridge:-

Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Zen garden, raked in the Japanese style:-

Japanese Garden, Cowden, Scotland

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Ornamental stone:-

Ornamental Stone, Cowden Garden

Lake and pagoda:-

Lake and Pagoda, Cowden Garden

Brigde over lake:-

Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Path and bridge over lake:-

Path and Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Tree, lake and bridges:-

Tree, Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Small bridge and Zen garden:-

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Closer view:-

Small Bridge and Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Lunch was soup with bread and a coffee.

Cup, Cowden Garden café:-

Cup, Cowden Garden Cafe

The Back Burn, Balbirnie

The Back Burn runs through the Balbirnie Estate on its way from the East Lomond round Markinch and on to the River Leven near Methilhill. It’s good for walks – even when you’re not cooped up by a lockdown.

After wandering under the A 92 and through a wooded glen it runs past the eighteenth hole of the golf course built over half of the estate:-

Balbirnie burn

Then down a cobbled slope:-

Burn

Under a bridge:-

Back Burn

On:-

Burn

And on:-

Back Burn

Back Burn

Before swinging under another bridge to make a turn under Stob Cross Road across to the railway line and down the east of Markinch:-

Back Burn

One of the things you might not expect to see in Fife but is present in the estate is a Giant Redwood tree:-

giant redwood tree

There’s a wildlife pond between the boarded path and the redwood as seen from near the burn:-

A Giant Redwood in Fife

Balbirnie Estate has a lot of rhododendron plants. They’re just about on the point of coming into flower this year. This was from 2019:-

Rhododendron, Balbirnie, Fife

Forth Bridges – All Three

The original Forth Bridge (the only one which needs no adjective, ie the one which carries the railway.) Taken from South Queensferry on 1/11/2018:-

Forth Bridge

Forth Road Bridge with new Forth Road Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, behind. Taken from South Queensferry:-

Forth Bridges

Three Bridges and a Lake

While at Rochdale we were taken on a day trip to Halifax.

On the M62 we passed Hollingsworth Lake:-

Hollingsworth Lake from M62

And under this elegant bridge:-

Bridge over M62

And in Halifax parked near these two contrasting bridges. Old and new:-

Bridges in Halifax

River Deveron at Huntly

Huntly Castle (see previous posts) lies close to the River Deveron as it flows though the outskirts of the town.

River at Huntly Castle

River Deveron at Huntly Castle

There is a lovely old bridge – maybe built to provide access to the castle back in the day – over the river:-

Huntly Bridge

From the bridge looking west:-

River Deveron at Huntly

From the bridge looking east:-

River Deveron, Huntly

More of the V&A Dundee

Previously I have posted about the (relatively) new V&A building in Dundee here and, in the background, here.

V&A logo by entrance:-

V&A Sign, Dundee

Exterior curve:-

Exterior Curve, V&A Dundee

View to Tay Bridge through “tunnel”:-

"Tunnel" V&A, Dundee

Apparently the wind can sweep through the tunnel quite severely. View to city through tunnel:-

Tunnel Under V&A, Dundee

Overhanging River Tay:-

Overhanging River Tay, V&A Dundee

Exterior planting:-

Exterior Planting , V&A Dundee

Exterior Planting V&A Dundee

Interior:-

Interior, V&A, Dundee

V&A, Dundee, Interior

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Stairs

V&A, Dundee, Interior and Ceiling

View of Tay Bridge through slit window:-

V&A, Dundee, Window

Bridges, Bakewell

I have featured Bakewell, Derbyshire before here and here. We passed through it again in September 2018, had a nice walk around and along the River Wye plus a good lunch in one of the cafés.

One footbridge and weir over River Wye:-

Bridge, Bakewell, Derbyshire

A second footbridge:-

Bridge at Bakewell, Derbyshire

Weir and old bridge:-

Old Bridge from Weir, Bakewell

Old bridge:-

Old Bridge, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Fish and Duck:-

Fish and Duck, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Fish (trout?):-

Fish, Bakewell

Cowden Japanese Garden, Clackmannanshire

The good lady is a keen gardener and when she heard that the Japanese Garden, at Cowden, Clackmannanshire was reopening after being a long time overgrown, we had to visit. The garden was first opened in 1908, but was closed to the public in 1955 and left to go to ruin. Thankfully the recent restoration is restoring the garden to its former glory.

Japanese gardens are very elegant. Despite the refurbishment still going on Cowden certainly is. There is an air of peace and harmony about the place. Japanese bridges are especially elegant. The first bridge below is by the path near the garden’s entrance. The second spans the garden’s large pond:-

Bridges at Japanese Garden, Cowden, Clackmannanshire

Pagoda and bridge:-

Pagoda and Bridge, Cowden Japanese Garden

Zen garden:-

Dry Garden, Cowden Japanese Garden

Bench:-

Bench, Cowden Japanese Garden

The burn which feeds the pond:-

Burn at Cowden Japanese Garden

Path to bridge:-

Path to Bridge, Cowden Japanese Garden

Stones and ornament with bridge in background:-

Stones, Cowden Japanese Garden

Dunkeld

Dunkeld is a village/town on the River Tay ten or so miles north of Perth. The bridge there which links Dunkeld to Birnam was built by Thomas Telford.

Dunkeld from the Bridge over the River Tay

River Tay looking south from Telford’s bridge:-

River Tay from Dunkeld Bridge

This is a view of Telford’s bridge from the Birnam side of the river:-

Bridge through trees

And from the grounds of the town’s historic cathedral:-

Bridge over Tay at Dunkeld

The Cathedral was for a time closed to visitors but in 2018 we had a peek inside. Cathedral altar and stained glass windows:-

Dunkeld Cathedral Interior

Just to the left in the photo above lies a memorial to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Scottish Horse who gave their lives in the two Great Wars. “1914 -1918, Gallipoli, Egypt, Macedonia, France. 1939 – 1945, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany.”

Below that are the words, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of god. There shall…” the rest is obscured by the Roll of Honour. A barrier prevented me from getting any closer:-

Scottish Horse Memorial, Dunkeld Cathedral

In the square in Dunkeld itself is a memorial to the men of the Scottish Horse who died in the Boer War. I have previously mentioned it here.

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