This is the second in a series of Scottish Rambles, based on stories and photos from my daughter Alyssa, who is spending a year in the old country. A recent post, “Bridge Over the Atlantic” (Oct. 2012) began the series, thanks to Alyssa’s willingness to contribute to the blog from overseas. Ramble #2 is taken from a recent trip out of Glasgow to the lochs and fells. The seven pictures are an excerpt from a long photographic essay that Alyssa calls “Ye’ll Take the High Road.” They remind me of a “rivertop ramble” in Great Britain, replete with photogenic landscapes and a deep, wide history.
Photo 1 is of a saddle, or pass, called “Rest and Be Thankful.” People used to carry heavy loads up one side of the mountain then would stop and, of course, ”be thankful” for a break in action. The location here is between Loch Lomond and Oban.
Looking at the walking route to Kilchurn Castle. This structure was once considered impregnable because of water that surrounded the castle. Only the inhabitants knew of a causeway lying a couple inches below the water’s surface, their connection to the mainland. Today the water level is significantly lower, and visitors are able to keep their feet dry.
This is a shot of Glencoe. In the rain and mist. And otherworldliness. Site of the Campbell-MacDonald Massacre of 1692.