Doon The Watter and Other Excellent Scottish Adventure

All images on ‘Doon the Watter’ blog By C London

Good fortune to have time and wherewithall to spend a lovely day upon the pride of Glasgow’s ocean going steampaddler Waverley–

The Clyde’s waterfront in central Glasgow mixes modern with the shipbuilding past.

Sailors on Masted Scooner, Clyde, Scotland

Doon the Watter

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Waverley Engine Room

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‘Doon the Watter’ past the setting of heartwrenching indie film, Dear Frankie, the iconic trilogy of cargo cranes on Greenock’s shore symbolize the seafaring spirit and hardworking men of Scotland.

Greenock's Cargo Cranes

Greenock Quay

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Will time and lack of funding spell the end to the last of a kind upon the rugged waters of Scotland’s Western coast?

Not many signs as explicit as this…

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name the protagonists of my ficition.

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The mighty Tay River proceeds through the countryside in silent power

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An echo in the wind of a time when men fought for love of earth and sea

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The bloodiest of hopeless battles still rumble through the centuries. Lonely and windswept, the Culloden moor whispers of love and honour of Highlanders past.

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Country manor houses now open to the traveller

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Inverness’ Urquhart Castle and the deep cold glacial waters of the loch draw hearts from around the globe to these shores

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The Highlands majesty stands stalwart against the ravages of time and this isolated corner of the world still ignites imagination and hearts worldwide in tales of love, passion and honour.

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Castle’s watch over the sea

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The countryside hums with the season

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willowherb and thistle

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William Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle grace the central plain

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PhotobucketAnd those that love the mystical nature of this country and its inhabitants might well bring home a symbol of their respect

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Until next time, my Scotland…

Email check in Edinburgh

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12 Responses to Doon The Watter and Other Excellent Scottish Adventure

  1. Now I can say I took a mini tour of Scotland before breakfast, the girls at work will never believe me! Fraser Square and William Wallace Monument, the Tay River. That was lovely, Christine. Enjoyed immensely, thank you so much!

  2. Roz Lee says:

    Lovely! Thanks for taking us along on your trip! Of all the amazing things you've seen there, which is the most amazing?

  3. Thanks so much for the kudos, Gail. My heart sings when I know I've touched another's day and life. Great question Roz. I have seen so many amazing things during my travels through Europe. Last night there were two beefy men of Corfu throwing pizza dough back and forth in front of their resturant–backdrop by the mouth of their kiln-like clay over. One had a white chef's hat askew on his head, the other chanted in Greek as the white dough stretched into a perfect flying circle. It's the little moments like this that fill my heart and ignite my imagination. The stunning beauty of each country's natural wonders that can not possibly be translated even via film, the cooking smells unique to each locale, the sounds of every language on the breeze–the internet is a wonderful research tool, but can not equal breathing the air and feeling the ground beneath your feet. I am blessed to be able to see, feel, hear and share with you. I hope to share even a fraction of some of those special magical moments via this vehicle of blogging and using them to make my novels come alive in the mind of every reader.

  4. Pat Dale says:

    Wow! For those of us with a dash of Celtic blood in our veins, this is a wonderful reminder of times past. But the scenery is so awe inspiring, all can bask in your offering, Christine.Thanks for posting this for us, and best of luck with your writing.Pat Dale

  5. Hi Christine,What a wonderful vacation you're having! I am so jealous!I visited Scotland many years and have always wanted to go back but never had the opportunity, at least so far. We enjoyed our first trip, but since we had our five month old daughter with us at the time, it was a little hard to get around and we didn't see all we wanted to. But it was still a great trip.All the best,Jana

  6. Oh, Christine – such gorgeous pictures. It has been too long since I was in Scotland. I've been to Urquort (wish I could spell it!) castle! Thank you for the gorgeous pictures to share with my coffee this morning. Your descriptions were perfect, just perfect.best,Lynne

  7. Patricia says:

    Your photos are amazing and I can't wait to forward this to my sister-in-law who just returned from Scotland last night! What I love about the country is the GREEN everywhere and the castles! I was in the UK and Wales long ago and this is such a beautiful way to recall that time for me.Thank you.Patti

  8. Hi Christine,Thanks for sharing these pics. Loved all the Scotland pics, but have to comment on the pic of you typing away on your laptop. Your work space looks like mine–organized clutter. LOL Great start to my day.

  9. The Waverley passes down the Clyde near my home most weeks! Good photos, Christine.

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  11. Ken Brafman says:

    Thanks for the travelogue, Christine! You guys are sure having a whirlwind cavalcade. I think I spotted Bill looking out towards the castle, please say Hi for me. Have Fun!!

  12. To all my friends that promise themselves to go…GO! Sctland is mystical and magic.Yes Ken, you did spot Bill. ;)Patti—Thanks for forwarding this to your sis. I always appreciate the sharing!Kelley- Yes–organized clutter. That photo was taken at the kitchen table of the flat I traded in Edinburgh. I have been frazzled with my lack f time to keep you all updated, but promise to do so. It may be mid August upon my return, but I shall be sure to share!Lynne- Urquhart is such a spiritual place. I am saddened that the Scottish government has made Disneyland out of it by allowing rows of buses to fill the car park. *sigh* I miss the days when all that could be heard was the wind off Loch Ness and a lone piper playing a lonesome song to the sky.Rosemary–lucky girl! So many Scots still rush down to the quay to wave hello to the Waverley. It truly is a national treasure.

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