Thursday, 23 April 2015

Argyll and the Crinan Canal

Whenever I think of the Crinan Canal I immediately think of the exploits of Para Handy and the Vital Spark. Seeing the canal in real life brought me just as much joy as watching the TV episodes of the wee puffer sailing around the West of Scotland.

Argyll is a beautiful county and is steeped in history. My trip started at Ardrishaig and followed the canal and through part of Kilmartin Glen.

More pictures can be found on my gallery

The Crinan Canal at Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne
The canal has several locks along its length....
....and provides a shortcut for for sailors heading for the Western Isles.
The last lock before exiting the canal at Crinan
Standing stones at Nether Largie in Kilmartin Glen
Sun glinting in Kilmartin Burn which passes near the stones
Kilmartin Parish Church is home to many sculptured graveslabs
Sunset over Crinan Hotel

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Lysblink Seaways

My first post for a few weeks as the Lysblink Seaways is taken from Inchgreen Drydock where she had been taken after running aground off the West of Scotland 2 months ago.

The 120 metre long cargo ship had grounded near Ardnamurchan while travelling from Belfast to Norway on February this year and had been brought to Greenock for repairs.

Svitzer tugs Anglegarth and Ayton Cross moved the ship to Roseneath Pier this morning.