Another post from the West Coast.
Post by Lynn and Paul Henni
On our long walk around Dunadd en route to the Crinan Canal, Paul couldn’t resist the view from this bridge crossing the River Add; whereas I prefered the bridge itself featuring my muse.
Shortly after the bridge, we happened on some sheep – mostly grazing on the hay bale but one seemed determined to see us off.
They stopped eating, showed some mild interest in us in the way that sheep do, then drifted off.
On the following day we walked from Crinan Harbour up the hill on the other side from the Crinan Basin. The weather was changeable with a lowering sky over the harbour.
As we climbed, blue skies emerged reflecting turquoise on the water.
In the distance, across Loch Crinan we could see Duntrune Castle . One of Scotland’s many ghosts apparently haunts the castle in the form of a piper killed by defenders in 1615 after playing his bagpipes to warn attackers of the castle that they had been discovered.
As we continued our walk, yet more changes in the weather – here with sunlight reflecting in the middleground while more typical west of Scotland weather lurks in the background.
Taking this photo, Paul was definitely influenced by fellow Norwegian, artist Theodore Kittelsen, you can almost see trolls hiding among the trees.
On our way back from our walk, we stopped at the Crinan Basin for coffee and meringue where we saw the puffer, VIC 32, built in 1943 and reminiscent of the famous Vital Spark. Clyde Puffers developed from coracles with subsequent influences from Viking longships and, later, gabbart barges before becoming steam-powered and finally incorporating a wheelhouse.
During the war when there was an urgent need for sea-going victualling or food supply ships, the Clyde Puffer design provided the ideal craft. However, the Clyde ship yards were somewhat busy at this time and the Admiralty had to look elsewhere to fulfil orders so the VIC 32 was one of the puffers built by Dunston’s of Thorne, Yorkshire.
The VIC 32 is one of the last few coal-fired steam-powered puffers left and it is still possible to cruise round the Scottish islands on her – trips can be booked via website http://savethepuffer.co.uk/
On our way home from Tarbert, driving from Portavadie to Dunoon, we stopped at one of the laybys to check out the view down Loch Riddon towards Stuck, Glaic, Knockdow and Toward. Scottish placenames are wonderful!
Getting a bit closer, you can see the Colintraive to Rhubodach ferry in this shot. Before the ferry was built, cattle were swum across from the island to be sold in lowland markets.
After that, it was off to the ferry and the drive home to Edinburgh.