Dumbarton Castle, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on Dumbarton Castle which is located on the Firth of Clyde in S.W. Scotland. This site has a very long history as power base and fortification, possibly dating back about 1600 years when it was the capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, a Brythonic (Welsh) speaking kingdom covering southern Scotland and northern England. In fact Dumbarton Castle has the longest recorded history as a fortification. The name Dumbarton is derived from the Gaelic dun breatainn which means ‘Fort of the Britons’.
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Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on Scotland’s fascinating and diverse geology.
Over the past 500 million years the land which now comprises Scotland has drifted from a position well south of the equator up across the equator to its current position about 56 degrees north, on roughly the same latitude as Labrador and Moscow. This long journey entailed exposure to submersion by oceans, desert conditions, tropical rain-forests, ice sheets and a physical join (collision) with England & Wales all of which has impacted on landscapes and geology. The approximate chronology is as follows:
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Coat of Arms, Law Castle, West Kilbride
This evening, I am posting information on Law Castle in West Kilbride, West of Scotland. This is one of a cluster of castles within a few miles radius of each other just south of Largs near the Firth of Clyde. Clearly, in the medieval period this was an important and high status area. The other three castles are Portencross, Hunterston and Crosbie. Proximity to the Firth of Clyde shipping and communication lanes was probably an influential consideration.
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