An Inspired Link……

SCOTLAND ARGYLL

Crinan Canal Basin, Argyll, Scotland

Crinan is the western end of a nine mile canal  opened in 1801.   Designed to create a short cut for  small inland steam ships, ‘The Clyde Puffers” and for Fishing Vessels. linking the Clyde (and Glasgow) with the North West Coast of Scotland and the Hebridean Islands.  Time saved, and the possible trauma, of  navigating the often turbulent and exposed Mull of Kintyre were a vital bonus.

The Crinan canal  cuts a scenic route from Lochgilphead,  on Loch Gilp in the east, to Crinan. It is here by  the means of sea locks, that the  traffic along the canal  regains open water into Loch Crinan and the Sound of Jura, then onwards to the Isles. Whilst today the ‘Puffers’ are gone, fishing vessels still use the route.  However it is Leisure Craft that are todays prime users.

It is also a great little tourist spot for visitors  to this part of Argyll and Bute.  Lovely on a sunny day, even rather Mediterranean ….. it would have been a busy,  noisy, smoky world in its  heydays.

Please Remember ….

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

6th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Moody Monday….. Waste not – Want Not

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Corran, Loch Hourn, Glen Arnisdale, Scotland

Not sure it was a Monday when we came across this row of  rather intriguing Lochside buildings….  but it was certainly a moody day.

” Waste not- Want Not “  was one of those sayings we were brought up with . I guess today it is also called recycling.  Not that who ever now owns these old Fishermen’s Cottages needs to be taught any lessons on recycling…   old odd doors and rusting corrugated roofing, ensure these buildings live on to serve again.

 

Please Remember ….

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

6th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Look to the Skye (s)………

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Isle of Skye, Scotland

Skye, an island of dramatic landscapes and wild places.  A place where the weather can change at the blink of an eye.

Here we have a view from high on the Quiraing Pass, located in the north east corner of Skye. Looking roughly north you get fabulous views of the rocky crags of ‘The Needle’ and ‘The Prison’. (image above)

Turn and look south and you are rewarded  with views over the mountains of Cleat, Dun Bubh and Druim an Ruma

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Wild and wonderful scenery that changes with each turn and every mile.

The Mountains will still be there to explore when all this turmoil is eventually over

Please Remember ….

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

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

 

April…. a few years back

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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

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location:-  The Sea Lochs at Crinan, Argyll, North West Scotland

( Opened in 1801, the 9 mile Crinan Canal linked Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura. A vital ‘short cut’ for Fishing and Coastal Shipping linking the Clyde with the Inner Hebrides)

26th February

(C) David Oakes 2020