On the Isle of Luing, near Cullipool. Overlooking the Firth of Lorn with great views towards the Island of Mull. Luing is just one of the many hundreds of small islands along the West Coast of Scotland.
It is ever so peaceful, well it is now. But like many of these small Scottish islands they were busy places of industry and agriculture. All had mini ports, first for sailing ships then for the Steam powered cargo boats, including the famous Clyde Puffers. When I say industry I should be more specific and say ‘Slate’ quarrying or mining. Luing and many of its sister islands were big slate producers.
Going back to my statement of peace….well I find it rather a privilege to sit and watch the day go by, whilst looking about for clues of this past way of life, a tough and dangerous way of life. Then reflecting on just how important these seemingly quiet outpost were to what was becoming a new busy world elsewhere. It is a legacy that gives visitors like me a bonus to our travels….. another valuable memory.
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2020