Front Street Reflections in Loch Fyne

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Artists Universe 28-03-2013
FEATURED in All Water in Motion and Reflections in Water 02-04-2013
FEATURED in A Place To Call Home 20-05-2013

Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Lens: @ 30m, ISO: 100, Aperture: f4.5, Shutter: 1/320

Taken at Inverary, a Royal Burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is on the western shore of Loch Fyne, near its head, and on the A83 road. It is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll. The town’s distinctive white buildings on the loch shore make it photogenic and it is a popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions in addition to its well known castle. In 1744 the third Duke of Argyll decided to demolish the existing castle and start from scratch with a new building. The castle was 40 years in construction, and the work was largely supervised by the Adam family, still renowned to this day as gifted architects and designers. The end product was not a castle in the traditional sense, but a classic Georgian mansion house on a grand scale. The town prior to the reconstruction of the castle was little more than a collection of humble cottages adjacent to the castle site and the Duke wished that the populace be moved to improve the appearance of his home. As early as 1747 William Adam had drawn up plans for the creation of a new Inveraray. By 1770, however, little had been done, and it was the fifth Duke who set about rebuilding the town in its present form. Some of the work on the rebuilt Inveraray was done by John Adam, the Argyll Hotel on Front Street being his, as well as the Town House. Much of the rest of the town, including the church, was designed and built by the celebrated Edinburgh-born architect Robert Mylne (1733-1811) between 1772 and 1800. The end product was an attractive town which included houses for estate workers, a woollen mill, and a pier to exploit herring fishing, which was to mushroom in later years to play a major role in the town’s economy. The finished product is one of the best examples of an 18th century new town in Scotland, and the vast majority of the properties in the centre of Inveraray are considered worthy of protection because of the town’s architectural significance.

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