Daughter Alyssa is spending a year in Glasgow, Scotland while in grad school. She’s had opportunities to travel the old country and to send some wonderful photographic reflections. One set of photos got me thinking of a “Bridge Over the Atlantic” post connecting Rivertop Rambles with the beautiful Scottish highlands. Alyssa was the motivator behind RR’s establishment, and now I’ll let her words and photos do the talking:
The first photo is the “Bridge Over the Atlantic” looking from the mainland to the Isle of Seil. The bridge is a high one so that fishing boats can pass beneath. It was the first bridge to connect the Scottish mainland to an isle. Next photos give a view from the island and from the bridge. The waterway might look like a river but it’s actually Atlantic Ocean.
The inn, at one end of the bridge, is centuries old and is where the islanders, during the Jacobite uprising, changed from kilts into pants as they prepared to cross to the mainland where the kilts were banned.
Other photos show an image of Alyssa with a new friend she met while traveling. Behind them is the Atlantic viewed from a small town on Seil where slate mining still employs the islanders. The final shot is a look at a highland loch.
European history and outdoor beauty are the focus here, naturally, but the rivertop rambler has to also dream about another element behind the scenes– not the Loch Ness character, but of some kind of coldwater fish said to be interested in the eating of flies!