Wordless Wednesday…. A Favourite Place

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Location:-  Loch Dughaill, Strath Carron, North West Highlands of Scotland.

Often overlooked by travellers.  Along a narrow but vital cross country road and rail link, both from West to East, but also to the very North West of Scotland.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th November

(C) David Oakes 2020

From Sea to Peak

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From sea level on Upper Loch Torridon, and its village of the same name, to the 4000ft summits of the Torridon Range and the slopes of Liathach.

It is wild and magical location.  Often a wonderful place to see Golden Eagles soaring above the peaks. Sadly, not showing on the day we last visited.  Also, a memorable place for me. It was my first introduction, at 17, to climbing in “real” Mountains…rather overwhelming.  Thankfully, I had two experienced friends to provide support and advice.  4 days later the three of us were on the Cuillin Ridge on Skye, another extremely dramatic first.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday…… it was just another wet day!

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Glenfinnan Memorial, Loch Shiel, Western Highlands
I have driven to, and past, this Memorial Tower many times,  each time I think it has rained …. and a good deal worse, than on this particular occasion. 
The Memorial is built to commemorate all those who took part in the Jacobite Rising. 
It was here, in 1745, that Prince Charles Edward Stuart symbolically raised his standard on the shore of Loch Shiel. It is also here that many of his followers had gathered for the start of his campaign.
The Prince declared his claim to the British Throne. Enthusiastic and faithful as his followers were, it all ended very badly at the very Bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. 
The Memorial Tower was erected in 1815.  On the very top of the  60ft tower, stands a statue of  Bonnie Prince Charlie, gazing down the Loch to the Isle beyond  (on a clear day of course).

If you visit, and a climb to the top of the tower is well worth it, I do hope you have better luck with the weather.  Even if it is no better, it is still an evocative place, an important place in Scottish History

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday………. A Lone Pine

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A lone Pine, high on the slopes of Beinn Eighe, in the Torridon Mountains of Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands.  Despite its exposure to the extremes of mountain weather and its rocky footing, it struggles on.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

16th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…… So Off to Church

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St Dubhthach’s Church, Kintail, Scottish Highlands

This lonely ruin is located in the most lovely of Highland settings.  At the foot of Glen Shiel above Loch Duich were the Strath Croe flows down from Kintail into the Loch.

I am told the original church was dedicated to a little know Saint…. St. Duthae of Dubbthach thought to have died circa 1065ad.

Today this looks a tranquil place, but in the early 1700’s it was right in the middle of the Jacobite fighting in the area, notably the Battle of Glen Shiel of 1719.  The church was then used as a makeshift Field Hospital to treat the wounded. Following these hostilities the church was burnt down.  Later repaired in 1836 and rebuilt 1856. but soon fell again into disrepair.

It has through the centuries been the Clan Burial Ground for the Chiefs of the Clan Macrae.  

St Dubhthach’s Church may well be a ruin but still a place to explore and enjoy some peace from the world around.  It is also little known, yet sits on a small hill just above the busy A87, a road  travelled by thousands each year as they trundle along on ‘The Road to the Isles’.…. Isle of Skye of course. There isn’t a better place to pause on their journey.

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th March

(C) David Oakes 2020