Weem Rock is in the small village of Weem, near Aberfeldy in the Breadalbane region of Highland Perthshire (Breadalbane means “Highland Scotland” in Gaelic). Shot taken on Saturday 21st December 08 in the middle of our winter.
Reached via the main entrance to Castle Menzies, there is a steep, tree-clad path to the top of the Rock. This path leads to St. David’s Well and Cave. St. David’s Well is ascribed to Sir David Menzies who, in the 15th century, used the place as a retreat from worldly concerns. In the past it has been used as a wishing well but forestry development on the hill above has prevented surface water from reaching underground water courses and so the Well is often dry.
The Well was originally known as Fuaran Creig a’Chaibel (Chapel Rock Well) and is attributed to the work of St. Cuthbert who built a wooden oratory here during his missionary journeys through Scotland in the 7th century.
The Cave, in which St. Cuthbert probably sheltered and from which the village took its name, is situated almost directly beneath the Well and is difficult to reach. Legend has it that the Cave used to extend to Loch Glassie, nearly two miles away and some 650 feet higher.
Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.
BEST VIEWED LARGER
Related shots can be found at: Highland Scotland.