After night we decided not to have breakfast until we had passed through Inverness thus missing the rush hour. Arriving at Fort George for breakfast in the car park in time to watch troops leaving for their morning exercise.
Fort George, a large fort complex built-in the wake of the 1745/46 Jacobite rising by George 11. Within a sophisticated defence there are barracks for 2000 men. However by the time of Fort Georges completion the highlands were peaceful. today the fort remains a military base.
Next on towards Lossiemouth our planned next night. Passing a memorial to 19 operational Training Unit the base moved from this site in 1941 to become nearby RAF Kinloss. Part of the memorial is a model of a Whitworth Whitley bomber. 19 OTU lost over 100 aircraft in training accidents during war time training.
The old harbours at Findhorn and Burghead were interesting an echoed back to their fishing history.
Camped up in the sun at Lossiemouth under the modern RAF’s flight path, with fine views of Lossiemouth Lighthouse.
On the way to the Falkirk wheel we spotted a sign to a “Korean War Memorial” originally created by British Korean Veterans Association but now managed by West Lothian Council. The shrine is built in a traditional Korean style, it has name boards listing the names of all the 1114 British men who died in the Korean war. The shrine is surrounded by 2 mounds shaped in the sign of Ying and Yang as found on the Korean flag. On these mounds were planted 110 fir trees. I have not seen a war memorial to the Korean War before. “The Forgotten War”
Sat Nav Post Code EH484NN.
We decided to start our East of Scotland trip 1/2 a day early leaving home late Thursday morning and so an extra part day to reach the Scottish coast.
Dudmaston Hall from the lake
Spent the afternoon at The Dudmaston Estate looking around the Hall garden and Lakes. Owned by one family for 875 years the house is still lived in by family members. Handed to the National Trust in1978. The house today feels lived in rather than a cold museum with no life. Just off now to find a stopover for tonight before heading North.
Soon it will be time to continue on our planned camper van trip around the coast of the UK. Last year we travelled from Inverness North and then followed the coast South down the Scottish West coast.(posted on last years blog details at https://andyfinnegan22.wordpress.com/ if you want to take a look).
2012 VW California SE campervan
This year we will head for Scotland up the M6 as far as Moffat the first bit the boring bit A to B. Then the holiday adventures start cutting across East through the Cairngorms to Inverness before again following the coast South. We aim to follow the coast as close as possible visit the harbours beaches and villages on route.
House sitting sorted so the cat and the garden will get cared for.
Our VW California campervan is coming up for 3 years old and 40,000 miles on the clock so MOT and end warranty checks sorted out last week. All camping equipment checked and sorted what we are taking. Basic food larder stocked with the aim of buying local produce day to day.
I aim to blog daily as we did last year subject to Internet connection.
The SS Shieldhall is an unique example of a working of steamship, typical of the cargo and passenger ships that crossed the oceans of the world from the 1870s until the mid 1960s The Shieldhall was built in the 1950’s built on the classical lines of a 1920s steamer with a traditional wheelhouse; the hull is of riveted and welded construction and this unusual feature is representative of the transitional phase in British shipbuilding when welding took over from riveted build. The hull has a slightly raked bow and cruiser stern. The decks are of teak An emergency steering position at the rear add to the classic type of ship layout. Her lines reminds me of ships you see in convoys of WW2.
Today Shieldhall is thought to be the largest working steam ship in Northern Europe. Originally built to carry treated sewage sludge down the Clyde which it dumped at sea. Today she is run as a historic steam ship and takes passengers on day trips from Southampton docks.
Although I have visited the Shieldhall in the past today’s trip was the first time I have been to sea on her. (down Southampton Water to Netley and back). The weather being good added to this pleasant trip on the water. The Shieldhall only had about 70 passengers on board but can take 200 so there was plenty of space to enjoy the trip including visits to the engine room, boiler room and wheelhouse.
Boiler Room. Oil is preheated prior to being fed into the boilers
full steam ahead
Tonnage 1792 GT
Support the Lifeboats
Beam 44ft 6in
Launched July 1954