Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A drive through Hell’s Glen

I went for a drive the other afternoon with G. and the kids. We were headed for Carrick, which is located on the shores of Loch Goil, Argyll. Here there is the remains of a medieval castle – one of many around here. Our hope was to get there and back before dusk because even by 3.30 it is getting dimpsy in this part of the world.

I managed to snap a few shots along the way as G. drove.
When we set out it was quite stormy and rained heavily. The photos are in order and you can see how quickly the sky and light changes.
We were headed to Gleann Beag (Hell’s Glen) pass which would take us from Loch Fyne to the head of Loch Goil ~ our destination. This road is appropriately named ‘Hell’s Glen’ because it ‘corkscrews’ steeply and has some really tight turns ~ is also a one-track road! Even so and contrary to its name the place is really quite beautiful. Most of my photos are from the inside of the car and it was difficult to get a shot of some of the more adventurous parts of the journey.
The places you want to get to take the picture are the hardest to get at – top of a tree or the edge of a crag.

Halfway down this twisting road is a drinking well, known locally as “Moses’ Well” ~ a lions head with water spouting from its mouth. Travellers used to stop here and rest. The older photo taken in 1926(above) is of this place too. I am not sure of the origin of Moses’ Well. One guess is that it has biblical origins, Moses being ‘drawn out’ of the water but what then of the lion? It could be named after the man who built it or perhaps after a man who used it. If anyone knows the answer to its origin please feel free to leave a comment.
In this glen there are birds of prey including Golden Eagle, red deer and red squirrel- you can truly feel the rugged isolation of the area- we only passed one other car on this road!
The photos truly do not do this place justice, the mountains rise up steeply all around you and gentle burns meander down, it is so very peaceful. The mountains are fired red and gold with the autumn leaf fall and the light has a luminous quality this time of the year.


Grish said...

Beautiful Country! Absolutely Beautiful...

Tammy said...

I loved your slide show...just like being there...and what a beautiful place to favorite was the Scottish stream...and the autumn colors and Moses Well...well I guess every one of them was my!!

Kerri said...

If I can't come in person to see your beautiful Scotland, then this is the next best thing. Wonderful pictures Horizon. There are some gorgeous lakes in your area! Thanks so much for the slide show and descriptions.
When Moses struck the rock in the desert the water poured out. Don't you think this is probably why they named the rock Moses' well?

Sharon Kay said...

What a lovely part of the world you live in..just beautiful and when I see sights like that I am on a vacation. Thanks so much for taking us along on the drive.

Sigrun said...

Thank you for the slide-show, Horizon.
I've never been in Scotland in Autumn.


HORIZON said...

Thank you Kerri- that must be it!
Thank you all for the lovely comments xx Hope you're all keeping well.

Pretty Lady said...

Beautiful! I am dreaming of seeing your country one day.
What is a cuppa?

HORIZON said...

A cuppa is a cup of tea (hot) Pretty Lady. Fancy a brew?
:) l have some in the teapot :)

Pamela said...

What gorgeous beauty to feast your eyes on! Tremendously enjoyable! It is always a treat when your share pictures of your beautiful countryside with us! I am enthralled with the castles and I am so curious about Moses well now. If you find out more let me know! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day! :)

MissKris said...

It is my daughter's heart's desire to come to Scotland some day. We've a wee bit of Scot blood in us on my mother's side of the family. Back in the days of "real" letter writing I had a few pen pals from Scotland and was sent many photos and postcards thru the years. It's such an ethereal much history and beauty. Your photos are exquisite, Horizon. Thank you for sharing a bit of your homeland with us! ((HUG))

slap me happy said...

good pics

Sue said...

These photos are just glorious! I love the golden trees and the beautiful stream the most!
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful part of your world with us!

UKBob said...

I'm not sure how true it is but someone once told me that some of the roadside wells originate from when the roads were built and are where the road gangs would come to get water, I know it's true of some places but I don't know about Moses Well. I like the pics.

Cathy said...

It's beautiful!
When can we visit?! :)

PEA said...

As you can see, I'm catching up with your news!! I haven't had time to visit everyone every day lately...blame it on getting ready for the holidays!! Oh wow, what beautiful pictures...I want to come visit you soooo badly! But...if we have to drive through Hell's Glen, YOU'RE driving, not me!!! lol Hugs xox

Anonymous said...

From Rick USA
Thanks for posting the beautiful slide show. It was a treat! I've never visited Scotland but will some day. My family came from this exact area 150 years ago!

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