Outdoors at 21:30… No midgies & a lovely sunset behind Ben Ledi testing the iPhone uploader. Hope you’ve had a fab evening too!
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The Dunmore Pineapple is a folly. I’d also say it’s the most bizarre building in Scotland.
I snuck round and took this from the back garden. The much grander south aspect has been snapped so many times, and I think to truly appreciate the genius behind this place you need to see it from both sides. This architectural wonder can now be rented as a holiday home. It is safe unlike the majority of other key buildings within Dunmore Park which have fallen into decay.
So after you’ve been blown away by the tourist trail Pineapple….take a walk through the rhododendron forests until you come to Dunmore House.
In 1822 Dunmore Park House was completed for George, 5th Earl of Dunmore. It was partly demolished in the early 1900s (the pile of rubble is heaped amongst the ruins). The remains then suffered from fire in the 1980s, but as you can see, a large part of the building and façade still stand proud.
There have been proposals to restore Dunmore Park House but there’s also suggestion of the building of 54 houses in the park. The National Trust for Scotland have opposed these plans……but who knows……and does anybody really care….?
An easy explore (you can park at the stables if you’re lazy), a facinating mansion and lots of history if you care to google. Will cover Elphinstone Tower another day.
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An issue very dear to my heart. Take time to read and think.
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We had another big family day out and took the all kids to Doon Hill which is somewhat of a secret, despite being in the heart of the Trossachs. It’s a must for children, a lovely short walk through oak woodland to reach the top of the hill where people have left many clouties (rags) with messages written on them in the hope that as the cloutie rots the illness or misfortunate affecting the person on who’s behalf the cloutie was placed would also vanish. Now the place is also covered in little fairies and jewels that kids have left with their wishes.
Lots of mystery surrounds the Reverend who first saw the fairies!!
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Today has been a family party day – and what weather for it at long last! Not much chance for exploring, so here’s one from a couple of months ago. It’s taken in one of the remaining outbuildings that form the Lanrick Estate. Lanrick Castle was the stronghold of Clan MacGregor until the 18th century, and then in 2003 it was illegally demolished in a day by the property developer landowner. Criminal.
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Welcome to my blog!
I’m a professional photographer working in the world of wedding and portrait photography in Scotland….but my real passion is the remote off the beaten track places of Scotland: hidden gems that you will not find in the guidebooks.
Although I do make some of my living from selling prints of our stunning landscapes and castles, the purpose of this blog is to record and share my findings of Scottish gems that only the locals know.
I seek out and share with you Scotland’s wonderful walks, local businesses, forgotten heritage, activities for children and families and so much more.
Welcome to Scotland – I know you will love it as much as I do.