May your troubles be less,
and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness come through your door!
Wishing you blessings upon blessings today!
*image courtesy of Pixabay
Well, it’s official. Our 2020 trip to Scotland, rescheduled for 2021, is rescheduled yet again for May 2022. Could the third time possibly be the charm? Muchrach Castle, you may only be a few thousand miles away, but at this point, it feels like light-years!
Big thanks to Bobbie at Savills, who has kindly worked with us to try to make this thing happen. Scotland, I MISS you!
Elie Ness Lighthouse, Elie, Scotland (c. 1908)
It is so much fun to drive the narrow, single-track roads through Scotland’s countryside. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but it’s along those routes that you often find the best surprises. On this day, the surprise was Culloden Viaduct.
Culloden Viaduct (also known as Nairn Viaduct) lies about seven miles east of Inverness and about a half-mile from the popular Clava Cairns site. The massive red sandstone masonry viaduct is the longest of its kind in Scotland, at 1,800 ft. Built by the Highland Railway and engineered by Murdoch Paterson, Culloden Viaduct opened to rail traffic in November 1898. Today, it is still in use and is the largest structure on the Highland Main Line (scenic rail) between Perth and Inverness.
The viaduct was built on a subtle curve with a 100 ft. wide central arch that spans the River Nairn. Ten 50 ft. wide arches and eighteen 50 ft. wide arches flank the center arch on each side, respectively (twenty-nine in all). Though the structure was built with a double-track width, only one of the tracks remains.
You can see our car and Mr. C in the photo above. Suffice it to say, we felt very tiny next to the giant columns! This was definitely a fun find. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to see a train make the crossing. Maybe next time.
That’s it for today, friends! Have a good one.