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This evening, my theme is traditional weaving of Scottish Tartan. This is undertaken by powered hand loom and can still be found in isolated parts of Scotland. The images show weaving in process at Lochcarron Weavers, Lochcarron on the west of Scotland. I have also seen similar weaving in process on the Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis. There are now some 5,000 approved tartans in Scotland.

Lochcarron weaver

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Huntinmgtower Castle

This afternoon I paid a visit to Huntingtower, an intriguing castle near Perth. Key features are:

  • Formerly two substantial tower houses made to look like a single mansion in the late 17th century. The close proximity of the two tower houses built at roughly the same time is very unusual. Reason may be connected with division of lands between two sons of Sir William Ruthven in 1480.
  • The two tower houses appear to have been built around 1500.

Huntingtower Elevation

  • Originally (until 1600) named the Place of Ruthven but was renamed Huntingtower after 1600.
  • Historically associated with two noble Scottish families: the Ruthvens and, following their downfall in 1600, the Murrays (earls of Tullibardine and then dukes of Atholl).
  • Mary Queen of Scots stayed at Huntingtower in 1565 whilst on honeymoon with Lord Darnley.
  • The castle contains painted walls and ceilings dating from the early 16th century.

Wall painting

  • There is a dovecote built into the top floor of the west tower.
  • Today, a colony of bats live in the castle including pipistrille, long-eared and natterer’s.
  • The West Tower

Overall, this castle is conveniently situated for touring in central Scotland and is deserving of  visit. Manged by Historic Scotland.

Melville Monument


This evening, my theme is Melville Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. It is a very significant monument which dominates the local landscape from St Andrew Square and has for long intrigued me. continue reading…