Senja Island 🇳🇴 .
I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me–
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life.
For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire–
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
("George Gray" di E. L. Masters)
Come si fa a non amare l'Antologia di Spoon River?😍
Beautiful Glenfinnan nowadays is mostly known for featuring in the Harry Potter movies with its viaduct...that viaduct is just in the opposite direction of my pov.
But the glen and Loch Shiel are part of a much older and very tragic history.
This monument you see in my pic marks the beginning of a sad story.
The 18m/60ft high monument at the shore of Loch Shiel commemorates the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising...the third and last one in the history of Scotland.
Prince Charles initially landed from France on Eriskay in the Western Isles. He then travelled to the mainland in a small rowing boat, coming ashore just west of Glenfinnan. On arrival on the Scottish mainland, he was met by a small number of MacDonalds. Stuart waited at Glenfinnan for a number of days as more MacDonalds, Camerons, Macfies and MacDonnells arrived.
On 19 August 1745, after Prince Charles judged he had enough military support, he climbed the hill near Glenfinnan and his royal standard was raised. The Young Pretender then announced to all the mustered clans he claimed the Scottish and the English thronesin the name of his father James Stuart ('the Old Pretender'). Afterwards brandy was distributed to the assembled highlanders to celebrate the occasion.
Eight months later, Charles Stuart's claim to the thrones of Scotland and England ended in failure at the Battle of Culloden on the 16 April 1746.
Charles Stuart returned to the area after Culloden during his flight to evade the government troops of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. After being hidden by loyal supporters, he boarded a French frigate on the shores of Loch nan Uamh close to where he had raised his standard the previous year. The Young Pretender died in Rome in 1788 without ever setting foot on Scottish soil again.
By 1815, the Jacobite cause was no longer a political threat. Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale built a memorial tower at Glenfinnan to commemorate the raising of the standard of the Young Pretender.
Today it's in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and there is a visitor centre. #clancraigy
My favourite ruined castle last summer...
The outcrop of rock on which Dunnottar Castle stands might have been designed specifically to permit the building of the most impregnable fortress in Scotland. Sheer cliffs 160ft high almost completely surround a flat area over three acres in size. The rock was once joined by a narrow fin to the mainland, but even this was carved away to ensure access along it was not possible.
During its active life there were only two ways into or out of Dunnottar Castle. The first was via the incredibly strongly defended main gate set in a cleft in the rock where unwanted callers would be vulnerable to attack from all sides. The second was via a rocky creek leading to a cave on the north side of the rock. From here a steep path led up the cliff to the well defended postern gate.
The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. It is best known as the place where the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century. The property of the Keiths from the 14th century, and the seat of the Earl Marischal, Dunnottar declined after the last Earl forfeited his titles by taking part in the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. He fled to the continent serving Frederick The Great of Prussia.
The seized estates of the Earl Marischal were purchased in 1720 by the York Buildings Company who dismantled much of the castle. In 1761 the Earl briefly returned to Scotland and bought back Dunnottar only to sell it five years later to Alexander Keith, an Edinburgh lawyer who served as Knight Marischal of Scotland. Dunnottar was held by Alexander Keith and then his son.
In 1873 it was sold to Major Alexander Innes of Cowie and Raemoir. Then it was purchased by Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, in 1925 after which his wife embarked on a programme of repairs. Since that time the castle has remained in the family.
Me and the Viscount seem to share a very similar taste as he also purchased Castle Fraser and used it as hunting lodge. Castle Fraser being my fav restored castle 😉👍🏻. -> see comment below