The Lochgilphead Area

Evening light on the water in front of hills with boat. Evening view towards the hills of Jura Argyle, in the west of Scotland, has a rewarding diversity of scenery and interest for the visitor. These photographs are from its western area, between Loch Fyne and Knapdale, which lies on the coast beside the island of Jura. Being the west coast sunsets somehow just cannot be avoided! And a nod is also given to the pre-historic past for which the area, especially around Knapdale, is famous. Double arched bridge. The bridge at Loch Shira where the River Fyne enters Loch Fyne Low tide bay with village beyond. The sands at Inveraray with the pier to the left. A three masted ship is moored at the quay which must have made the journey up Loch Fyne to where Inveraray is situated, near the head of the loch, over 70 miles from the open sea at Campbeltown Gothic towered castle beyond river. The present Inveraray castle was built in the mid 1700s, and replaced a building by then 300 years old. The seat of the Dukes of Argyle since its rebuilding - it exudes opulence Ruined towerhouse castle with cattle in foreground. In contrast to Inveraray Castle, Carnasserie Castle near Kilmartin lost its roof in the late 1600s, it was essentially an extended tower house being built in the late 1500s for the local rector John Carswell Primroses on shore of loch. Spring coming to the banks of Loch Fyne Two clumps of primroses. Flora, fauna and geology between them account for much of the interest in Argyle, together of course with human history. Here three photographs of those three aspects of the natural world Deep and intricetly furrowed cliff face. And for geological interest, a cliff of textured rock looking for all the world like the grain of wood Seal basking on rock. At this angle the diagnostic dog like head shape, of this common seal, is hard to see Hills reflected in flat calm water. Loch Fyne, in still morning air Standing stones forming a circle in an area of small stones. North of Lochgilphead, the Kilmartin area has many pre-historic remains, (above) such as stone circles Mound of stones with grave in front. Tumuli are stone mounds covering graves. Nearer a simple grave. Argyle monuments age from 3,000 to 1,000 BCE Jagged like of rocks with sea and hills beyond. Some stone teeth, like the stone circles, are man made. Other teeth, like these on the Knapdale
coast overlooking Jura, are made by geological processes
Monolith with  bay and hiills beyond. A man made monument stands alone... Two big rocks framing view of Jura hills across sea. The hills of north Jura framed by a gaunt mouth Series of stanfing stones. ...whereas these seem to relate to one another with a significance now lost Sun catching set of standing stones. The Kilmartin stones in conclave Two gate posts and ageing gates with track. Modern versions of monoliths perhaps? And certainly a contemporary way of linking islands in... Caledonian MacBryne ferry on loch. ...the form of the Caledonian MacBryne ferry plying its way between Islay and Kennacraig Two dozen or so yachts on loch. These deep sea lochs that penetrate far into the shelter of the hills, offer yacht owners vacations on one of the world's most popular coastlines Golden sun reflected across water with fence in foreground. Going... Setting sun above hills across water. going... The west coast with its hills, islands and sea - and then the sun sets on them. How can a poor photographer resist? Nearly gone sun at horizon with clouds. . . . Trailers... Stone circle in low cloud with hills. The next page of this section has pictures of a stone circle in the Lake District and from there it is but a short jump to Japanese Calligraphy classes! Group of boys with long bamboo rods by a stream. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Embedded History'.
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Saturday 1st July 2023 Murphy on duty to this site

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