West Lothian Landscape

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

Artist's Description

The Union Canal looking South-East from the end of the Avon Aquaduct just outside “Linlithgow”:, West Lothian, Scotland.

In the centre of the shot in the distance is Cockleroy Hill. 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.

The 31.5 mile contour Union Canal travels from The Falkirk Wheel to Edinburgh.

Popular features of this gentle lock-free waterway include the Avon, Almond (Linn’s Mill) and Slateford Aqueducts, which are among the finest in Britain.

This stretch of the Union Canal is a Scheduled Ancient Monument – Index Number 8954

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200

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Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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