The West Lothian countryside taken from Muiravonside Country Park near Whitecross, Scotland. Cockleroy Hill which sits above the town of Linlithgow can be seen in the center of the shot.
Originally named Cuckold le Roi after the alleged infidelity of one of the Scottish Queens, Cockleroy has a dip on its summit, the site of a heavily eroded Bronze Age fort named Wallace’s Cradle or Wallace’s Bed, associated in local lore with the 13th Century Scottish military hero, who allegedly used it to reconnoitre Edward I’s encampment at Burgh Muir near Linlithgow prior to the Battle of Falkirk. An alternative story places Wallace at Drumshoreland Muir near the eighteenth century Wallace Stone, a few miles to the east.
A conspicuous crag-and-tail in West Lothian, Cockleroy Hill rise steeply from the west to a height of 278m (912 feet) in the northwest of Beecraigs Country Park, 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Torphichen and a similar distance south southwest of Linlithgow.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens
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Focal length 51 mm
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Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.
Featured in : European Everyday Life : 26 July 09