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Street Scene, Cromarty.

This evening, I am posting information on Cromarty, a delightful and historic coastal village located at northern tip of the Black Isle (not an island).Cromarty is some 23 miles north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Summary facts and information on Cromarty:

  • Origins of the current village can be traced back to the 12th century.Fishing was important in days past.
  • Situated on edge of a deep-water port, opposite Invergordon, which is now used by visiting cruise ships and for repair and maintenance of drilling rigs used in the North Sea.

Oil Rig in Cromarty Bay

  • Population about 720 persons.
  • As will be evident from the images herein, the houses are predominantly of the Georgian style, dating from late 18th/early 19th centuries.

Street scene at Cromarty.

Cromarty Court House

  • The village is known for its artists and art venues.
  • Most famous resident was Hugh Miller (1802-1856) who was a writer, geologist and social commentator. Miller’s birth-place cottage is now a museum (see image above). There is also a Hugh Miller Institute (place of learning) in the village which was donated by famous philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.

Cromarty Institute

  • The village is endowed with churches, shops and various types of accommodation.

Episcopalian Church

Kilt Rock, Trotternish, Isle of Skye.

This evening,  I am focusing on the Trotternish (N.E.) area of the Isle of Skye and in particular the popular scenic locations of Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock.

Video clip of Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a very popular tourist destination which forms part of the Inner Hebrides, an island chain located off Scotland’s West Coast.

This section of Skye has a fascinating geology mainly dating from the Jurassic era, about 150m years ago. Here, many horizontal sills of volcanic material have forced between the older strata. One such dolerite sill forms the upper section of the Kilt Rock coastline as shown in the image above. Here the cliffs of basalt columns give the rocks a pleated appearance and hence the name Kilt Rock.

The falls come from Loch Mealt nearby which passes under the road. Here the Loch cascades down into the sea entailing a drop of 250 feet (85m) to a shoreline of (inaccessible) caves and arches.

Mealt Falls at Kilt Rock, Skye

Kilt Rock is located about fifteen miles directly north of Portree and just south of Staffin.

Bamburgh Castle, England.

This evening, I am posting information on Bamburgh Castle, a structure which was lavishly restored by shipping magnate, Lord Armstrong in the late 19th century on a site with a long history of occupation stretching back into pre-history.

Location is about fifty miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the North Sea coast.

View east from Bamburgh Castle

The name Bamburgh confirms the sites antiquity as is derived from Bebbanburge, c AD 710-720, which mean ‘Stronghold of a queen called Bebbe’.

As a fortification elements, principally St. Oswald’s Gate, date back to the 8th century but the current castle has evolved from a Norman template with the Keep dating from the 12th century.

Inside the castle, the King’s Hall is a 19th century masterpiece built on a medieval floor plan. This is shown in the video clip at foot of this post. Note the impressive false hammer-beam ceiling held together with over 1300 oak pins. Other rooms include:

  • The Great Kitchen
  • Medieval Store Rooms
  • Buttery
  • Cross Hall
  • Captains’ Lodgings
  • Faire Chamber
  • Armoury
  • Court Room
  • Scullery
  • Kitchen
  • Archaeology Room
  • Larder and Dairy

Bamburgh is the first castle in England to have fallen to cannon fire, in 1464, when under siege during the Wars of the Roses. Henry VI ruled from here for a short period in 1461.

Cliff edge location adds to romantic appeal.

Located in Northumberland, N.E. England.

King’s Hall

Interior at Bamburgh Castle.

Entrance Gateway, Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle