Architecture · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: clever construction

While out for a walk at Murton Farm nature reserve in the county of Angus last month, I passed an interestingly constructed dry stone wall. The first photo shows a section with a large boulder at the bottom and flatter stones placed around it at different angles. In the second picture you can see more of the wall, with another smaller boulder to the left of the big one. Scotland has a lot of dry stone walls made with no ‘glue’ to hold the stones together, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite like this before.

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Section of an unusual dry stone wall at Murton Farm nature reserve, Angus. 
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Dry stone wall at Murton Farm with two boulders at the bottom.
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Architecture · Garden · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: roof relaxation

This is the roof garden at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Roof gardens are not a common sight in Scotland and this one is apparently the largest in the country. It houses a water feature, several sculptures and a variety of plants. New Lanark village contains extensive old mill buildings that have been turned into a large exhibition area. It’s a fascinating place to visit but there’s a lot to take in. After being bombarded with information downstairs, the roof garden supplies a wonderful sense of peace and calm.

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The relaxing roof garden at New Lanark World Heritage Site.
Architecture · Fife · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: cobbles

A cobbled lane in the conservation village of Culross, in Fife. Walking round Culross (pronounced Koo-ross) is like stepping back in time. Many of the old walls and buildings date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries and there are lots of little lanes and curious features to be discovered.

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A cobbled lane in the Fife village of Culross.
Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: Trinity North Church

Trinity North Church in Kelso was designed by John Starforth and built in the 1880s. It’s a magnificent building that has sadly fallen into disrepair. Now in urgent need of upgrading, it’s on the market for offers over £75,000. Refurbishing it in any way would be extremely costly and no doubt subject to many regulations since it’s a listed building, but I hope some enterprising person saves it from demolition. It even has its own gargoyles.

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