Lochgilphead War Memorial & Celtic Cross, Loch Fyne, Scotland

We have passed through Lochgilphead, on Loch Fyne, Scotland, quite a few times and I always wonder about the cross at the end of the road, in the above photo you can see it in the distance.  The celtic cross always looks older to me, but it would seem it was erected in 1921.  Although the celtic cross is not of a great age, its still interesting to learn the history and in May 2016, I managed to take some photos from the car as we were passing by.

Some history………The Lochgilphead war memorial is a square pedestal of unusual design with decorative medallions carved with celtic designs and battle honours on the four faces at the upper corners. The pedestal stands on a low circular stepped base and is surmounted by a rustic celtic cross carved in freestone with boss and wheel-head. The commemoration and names of the WWI dead are listed on a bronze panel set into the face of the pedestal. The commemoration and names of the WWII dead are carried on two smaller bronze panels set into the face of two low stone pillars which flank the pedestal.
The monument stands at the junction at the head of the main street, on the sea front overlooking Loch Fyne.
The monument was erected by Glasgow monumental sculptors Messrs. Scott Rae, the daybook entry reads:
Order No. 5805, Lochgilphead, Grey cross, Erected May 1921.

Ardrishaig Lighthouse, Loch Fyne, Scotland

I am having a grand sort out of photos, I think we all do it each year and in doing so, I have come across some lighthouses that I have failed to post about, which is quite nice, as I have a thing about them now.   My all time favourites are the Stevenson Lighthouses, but the others have started to creep in, and now it’s any lighthouse.  When we are in Scotland, we like to drive along Loch Fyne and I have taken quite a few photos of Ardrishaig Lighthouse which is located at the eastern entrance to the Crinan Canal on the Loch.

The lighthouse appears to date from the early 1900s and is at least the second to stand on this site, but details are not forth coming, so I have no idea who built the lighthouse.

A little history of the Canal……..The Crinan Canal, 14.5 km (9 miles) long, connects the village of Crinan on the Sound of Jura with Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp.  Crossing the base of the long Kintyre peninsula, it provides small craft with a shortcut between the Hebrides and the Clyde, eliminating a long trip around the Mull of Kintyre. Opened in 1801, the historic canal has a depth of only 3 m (10 ft) but no height restriction.

Photos taken in 2016.

The Humber Bridge

Every time we go over the Humber Bridge, I mean to post about it, for my ‘Bridge Category’, as at the moment that category is a little lacking.  This crossing was made in May 2015 and the views are wonderful, on a sunny day, but this day was a little cloudy, so the photos look better in b&w.  The bridge connects Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and it’s the world’s eighth-longest suspension bridge over the Humber estuary, formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north. 

A little history….Approval for the construction of a suspension bridge was granted in 1959 with the passing of the Humber Bridge Act and the creation of the Humber Bridge Board, although it was not until 1973 that work finally began.

Work on the construction proceeded for eight years, during which time many thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete were used and upwards of one thousand workers and staff were employed at times of peak activity.

The traffic first crossed the bridge on the 24th June 1981.

I found a photo in book, so that you can see what the bridge looks like.

Fast Flowing Water & Spotted Pigs, Scotland

In May 2016, while on holiday in Scotland, we found a small road that followed a river.  We came to a sign which said we were at Allt Broighleachan, near the Caledonian Forest.  All I can remember, is, instead of going down Glen Coe, we went across, before the start of the run down the Glen.  We followed the road for quite a few miles, always with the river insight.  We met a party of lovely spotted pigs, husband did not like my idea of pignapping, so the cutest little pig stayed.  This is collection of photos of the drive, a couple of photos I have changed to mono, just to see if they work or not.  



Happiness Is……

Happiness is…… for my Father-in-law, being on a foot plate of a steam engine.  I’m not joking, he had the biggest grin on his face from the start to the finish, he loved every minute.  It was Christmas 2016 and we always visit the train station at Sheringham, on the North Norfolk coast, to see if there are any steam trains in.  Luck was with us, and I think I had a big grin on my face, while I photographed him,