Sunday, 21 October 2012
An Angus Bike Ride
We've just spent the October holidays in Angus. We had rather mixed weather while there but late one afternoon during a dry spell I was able to get out on my bike and take a trip down memory lane - this being the area I grew up in and where I first enjoyed escaping out on a bike and discovering the beauty of the local countryside.
While I was doing some internet research of the area before we left home (it's been a few years since we'd last visited this part of the world - I no longer have any relatives who live here so have no family obligation to visit, trips here are purely for pleasure!) I realised there was a section of road close by that although I thought I'd cycled it, I hadn't, as I would have remembered it I'm sure. All will become clear...
Munros are the most significant hills in Scotland at over 3000 feet (914.4 m), Corbetts are hills in Scotland between 2500 and 3000 feet (762 and 914.4 m) and Grahams are hills in Scotland between 2000 and 2500 feet (609.6 and 762 m)".
Now along a little glen for a few miles. Again, the colours of the landscape are gorgeous even though the light levels aren't great with it being so overcast.
Balintore Castle. Back in the days when I lived near here this castle was an abandoned ruin - you could get in it and have a look around - how fascinating would that have been? (Actually, you can get a wee look inside here, great stuff!) However, as I said, for some reason I never actually made it along this road at the time and to me it lay undiscovered till now. A few years ago the castle was purchased and it is now slowly being restored.
here as the new owner has a blog. In the past such buildings would have just been demolished, I think it's good that it's being preserved. It's an amazing looking building - someone's idea of a fairytale castle. Like many of it's time it was built as a hunting lodge back when much of Scotland was used as a playground for British aristocracy (which led me to this rather scholarly but still interesting article about land ownership in Scotland). The original owner of the castle when construction was started in 1859, David Lyons, has been described variously as a "considerable marriage prize" and a "misogynist (who) bankrupted his family by spending his fortune on this folly... so his future widow would not benefit from his demise."
I only managed out for one bike ride while we were away, We did visit lots of other local attractions and you can be sure I took lots of photos. More to follow.
Now for catching up with some blog reading...
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Wow, wow, wow! I love these pictures...the castle is amazing...what a discovery, the gate joms are impressive enough on their own. The colours in the landscapes really catch my painters eye, the blue evening skies and the gold of the corn fields, the bales...perfect.
I love castles and pondering the whole idea of how people actually lived in them. Lucky you to have them (real ones!) so near.
What a beautiful looking place and that castle looks incredible! x
love the deer gotcha. That castle is amazing. I was listening to Dracula on radio 4 yesterday and after that there is no way I'd have been going anywhere near a ruined castle, alone, in the gathering dusk....
Great post! THat info about Balintore castle is fascinating...it looks like a haunted house from a horror film at the moment! I am so glad it is being restored. It will be quite a building when it is completed.
Lovely sunset - it is looking very wintery indeed.
I never tire of seeing Scottish scenery, it is so very beautiful. I have only ever been to the western side so it was lovely to see the other side.
I shall now go to read about the castle, thanks for the link.
Andamento, I grew up in Angus too, as did Rob. Did you go to Forfar Academy? If yes, my Dad was head of art there for quite a while - funny if he taught you! Let me know. great photos and know those glens so well and miss them. My parents and parents-in-law still live there.
Beautiful scenery and fabulous colours. So nice to see the castle is being restored, it much be a huge undertaking but I always feel a bit sad when I see buildings becoming derelict so good on someone for taking it on. Bet it's amazing once completed. Off to look at the blog now!
So many wonderful photos to look at and each one worthy of comment. The castle looks fantastic and indeed like something from a fairytale.
What a stunning set of photos! That castle looks most Gothic, especially in the shot with birds flying over.
The deer on your signs have very impressive antlers. And congratulations on snapping a real live one! I can never get a clear deer shot.
Love the patchwork fields, the bales, the changing colours of sky, and the birdie on the fence.
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