Loch Fyne II

Loch Fyne

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Furnace, Argyll and Bute
NS 02135 99906; 56.15064°N, 5.18707°W

Information

Loch Fyne I

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Fri Skien

Fri Skien

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 72150 20344; 55.42384°N, 5.60224°W

Information

Fri Skien is a general-cargo ship operated by Norwegian shipping company Høyergruppen AS. Constructed in the Netherlands in 2000, the vessel is 89m long with a beam of 13m. Its hold has a capacity of 5,669 cubic metres and its maximum deadweight (the weight it can carry) is 3,792 tonnes. Pictured here on 21 August 2018, she arrived in Campbeltown on the 19th and her next port of call was Rostock, Germany, arriving there on the 26th.

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Campbeltown

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Campbeltown

Campbeltown

Date

21 August 2018

Location

Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute
NR 72150 20344; 55.42384°N, 5.60224°W

Information

With a population of c. 5,000, Campbeltown is the most southerly main settlement in the Kintyre peninsula. It also lays claim to being the westernmost town in mainland Great Britain. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran, the town was renamed in the 17th century after Archibald Campbell (1629-1685), 9th Earl of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

Campbeltown’s importance grew as its industries of fishing, shipbuilding and whisky production thrived. 34 whisky distilleries have been established in the town, with 25 in concurrent operation in its heyday in the mid 19th century, and its fishing fleet numbered more than 600 vessels. Today, shipbuilding has disappeared, fishing activity has vastly reduced, and there are at present three whisky distilleries in operation in the town.

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Luss

Date

20 August 2018

Location

Luss, Argyll and Bute
NS 36077 93038; 56.10188°N, 4.63713°W

Information

With an area of 27 square miles, the 24-mile-long Loch Lomond is the largest inland loch/lake in Great Britain (the largest in the UK being Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland). The loch forms part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, which was created in 2002. There are several islands in the loch, one of which has been home to a colony of wallabies since the 1940s.

The picturesque village of Luss lies on the shore of Loch Lomond and is a very popular tourist destination. The settlement probably dates back to the 1300s and much of the village was rebuilt in the 1800s by the Colquhouns of Rossdhu Castle to provide housing for the workers in their nearby slate quarries.

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Loch Fyne I

Loch Fyne

Date

20 August 2018

Location

Furnace, Argyll and Bute
NS 02135 99906; 56.15064°N, 5.18707°W

Information

At 40 miles long, Loch Fyne, in Argyll and Bute, is Scotland’s longest sea loch.

The name of the village of Furnace (formerly Inverleacainn) hints at its industrial heritage. In 1755 an iron furnace, which operated until 1815, was built there, with the local forest providing a ready supply of the charcoal required by the smelting process.

The local charcoal was later used in the manufacture of gunpowder at the Loch Fyne Powderworks in Furnace from 1841. This came to an end with an explosion in 1883.

A pink-granite quarry on the lower slopes of Dun Leacainn also opened in Furnace in 1841 and is still in operation today.

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Inveraray Castle

The entrance porch was designed in 1871 by English architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877)

Date

20 August 2018

Location

Inveraray, Argyll and Bute
NN 09555 09313; 56.23806°N, 5.07455°W

Information

The Category A listed Inveraray Castle is set in 6.5 hectares of gardens with the overall estate covering an area of 24,000 hectares. The mansion replaced an earlier 15th-century castle and was designed in 1746 by English architect Roger Morris (1695-1749). The property is located on the shore of Scotland’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne, and in the 1770s the village of Inveraray was moved in order to secure a more secluded position for the castle.

Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll, the chiefs of Clan Campbell. The dukedom was created in 1701 in the Peerage of Scotland and in 1892 the 8th Duke was also created Duke of Argyll in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Parts of the castle are open to the public with private apartments being occupied by Torquhil Ian Campbell (b 1968), the 13th and 6th Duke of Argyll, and his family. Campbell is also captain of Scotland’s national elephant polo team.

The castle featured as the fictional Duneagle Castle in the 2012 Christmas special episode of the television series Downton Abbey.

Further Reading

Inveraray Castle

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