A walk through history

First of all let me apologise as its been weeks between posts, I just can’t seem to find the time to keep this site going, however I am determined I’m not giving up. Most weekends I have been out somewhere and I do have photos to post. I think though I am going to have to start taking pictures in JPEG instead of RAW as this is mainly what holds me up, I never seem to get time to process them!

Anyway enough of my apologetic whining!

So, a few months back I stumbled upon a reference online to a castle I had never heard of, Torwood. After some reading up I found that it’s not to far a drive and that there was not only the ruin of a castle but the ruin of broch also, known as Tappoch broch. For those who do not know of brochs they area very old fortified dwellings once common in Scotland and Ireland, around 2000 – 3000 years old. Needless to say the 1st chance I had I took a trip over.

It did start as a rather dreary morning however it brightened quickly and turned out to be a splendid day albeit a little to bright for pictures as you’ll see, a few burnt out skies! We found a small layby just after the village of Torwood and parked up. There is a rather nice walk up the hill through some forest by a disused mine and quarry. Had it not been raining I would have a great 1st picture to show. The quarry is flooded and there has to be hundreds of old tyres floating in it. However there was a few ducks all swimming around between the tyres not seeming to mind the horrible looking water. It would have been an interesting shot. Now it’s not to long a walk from the car to the broch, maybe a mile, mile and half although it’s all uphill however it doesn’t take to long. It’s a nice enough walk through the forest however it’s not any different from any other, nothing special to see, although I’ll mention that this was once a royal forest used for hunting and for timber.

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Once you reach the broch its a little underwhelming as it’s just an overgrown hill, until you get near to the crown of the hill that is. As you get closer you see the stonework, the ditch surrounding it and the stairs going into it.

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Its walls can’t be more than maybe 7 feet at their highest but there is enough left to see that this was once quite large with thick defensible walls.

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Standing on the hill with the trees cleared away it would have looked quite imposing I would imagine. At this point it was about 7am and the sun was getting higher and the clouds were clearing away although it was a little chilly. We stayed there for about an hour or so, got some pictures, went exploring then moved on further up the hill towards the castle. The walk from there to the castle again could be no more than a mile and its a fairly easy walk, a slight incline then a slight decline and it levels out.

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You come onto a gravel road that leads to the castle and some house near by, you get a great view from here across rolling fields. In the distance you can see the Falkirk Wheel.

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Just of to the side of the road thee is a path and you get a nice side view of the castle from there.

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A view from the road
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Falkirk Wheel in the distance

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The castle is now only a shadow of its former self with only one building still standing, however any castle enthusiast can see that this castle was once much larger with a central courtyard and high walls on all sides, it’s a real shame only this small part now exists. The castle is a ruin and is not accessible, I believe it’s privately owned.

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Entrance road to the castle

There is not much shade around the castle and the sun was bright at this point so as you can see I managed to get the sky blown out a little in a couple of shots. Now had I not plans for later that day I would have liked to explore around the area some more as it looks as though there was more places for a wonder and I am sure more photos to be had however it just means another trip some point later in the year, hopefully!

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We didn’t head back the same way, we followed the road down by the houses presuming it would bring us out in Torwood village, which it did.It was a pleasant tree-lined avenue with lots of daffodils lining the way.

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The walk back was all downhill and in a straight line, it took about 20 minutes and that was with me stopping to take a couple of pictures.

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Now as luck would have it, we made it back to the car, packed our gear in the boot and as it closed it began to rain, then pour. I love those days when the weather is on your side!

Now I have purposely not written about the history of the two sites, I would have been here all day! I would encourage anyone who may be interested in either site to a take a trip over and explore and there is info online for both sites too should you wish read up. I will say though, One thing I found interesting was, the day started with the walk up to the broch which is around 2500 years old, then we came to the castle that is around 450 years old and then the last part of the walk took us to the modern-day village, which is very modern in places with a lot of houses built this century. Hence the title of my post as it was a walk through the ages.

As always, let me thank you for reading through and again I apologise for the length of time it takes me to get things updated.

Paul

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12 thoughts on “A walk through history

  1. Lovely! Came over from Jo’s site to have a look. I adore history, a walk and views and your photographs are very interesting. Nice shadows in some of them and lots of close-up details that I like. Hope you will post more walks and link to Jo’s sites. I for one would love to join you. And I understand about the processing of the images even though I only take jpegs it takes me ages to edit and resize them (and that’s because I always post too many photos in a post – well not ALWAYS, I am trying to post single photos for the photo challenges I join in with). Anyway, enough babbling on from me. As I said, hope to see more of you. We’re a friendly virtual walking group 😀
    Jude xx

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    1. Hi Jude,
      Many thanks for dropping by and saying hello, its always nice to meet new people 😃 I’m glad you like my photos, I’m still very much in the learning stage and have a long way to go yet, however I am thoroughly enjoying my journey so far. I do plan on posting more to Jo’s site in the future. I’ve been out in the last few days for a short walk however, I still have to edit them! Hoping to have them done this week and get some into my page. I have a half dozen or so pages up yet I feel it’s still bare so I need to get focused and give this site more attention. Thanks again for dropping by. I’ve followed your blog however it’s a tad late for me now so I’ll have a good look through soon, promise.

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  2. We did this today! Though we must have followed different paths as we didn’t pass a quarry. I was looking for another walk to do as well and discovered I had this walk in a booklet by Falkirk Council. It’s one of a series I picked up (I think) at the Falkirk Wheel a couple of years ago. This one was walks round Denny. We also used the one on walks round Airth and did a loop from Dunmore Pineapple. This might all appear on the blog eventually but I have a backlog. Anyway, thanks for the tip, I’d never have thought of this walk otherwise and it was really interesting.

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    1. You picked a good day for it. I’m glad you did this, it’s good to know that my wanderings are inspiring others. Can’t wait to see your post about! Thanks for letting me know. 😊

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  3. Wonderfully dark and gloomy, Paul, and then there’s the sun, leaking through. 🙂 I’m on a mission to get up there to the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies. Wonderful to add this to my collection. Many thanks 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much Jo. If you make it up to Scotland please feel free to drop me a line if your in need of some inspiration. There is so many places to go, so much to see. I love any walks however I mainly go for the historical ones, the ones off the beaten track that have an almost unknown or forgotten story to tell. I’m looking forward to more of your posts! Enjoy the bath and book!

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  4. Fascinating! I hadn’t heard of these places either but will definitely be investigating some time soon. You should add this to Jo’s Monday Walks (link in my Monday post). John takes most of the photos on my blog and he started using RAW recently but gave up for similar reasons. Also I load them onto the blog via my iPad and they were just taking up too much space.

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