A little brainteaser…

Curiosity

Here’s a little curiosity to tickle your brain cells.    Does anyone know what this is, and what it was – or is -used for?    Additional bonus points if you can tell me where it is.   I’ll post the answer in a week or so’s time!

The trees of Dollar Glen

Woods crop

At Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire, a steep-sided gorge contains an emerald world where the trees bend their mossy branches to the water.

Doune Castle: seat of power

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Is this my favourite castle yet? (It might just take the medieval biscuit!) The setting for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and now the new ‘Outlander’ series, Doune Castle is a delight to explore!

Two old arches and a warning in stone

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These two old arches in the Scottish Borders bear an intriguing inscription – and a salutary warning to passers by!

White cottage at Arisaig

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Overlooking the white sands of Arisaig is this delightful little cottage… and there’s a reason why the grass is so green!

Falkland Palace: power and glory

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Sitting on the quiet main street of Falkland in Fife is one of the most remarkable Scottish castles, brainchild of the brilliant but ill-fated Stewart kings

Castle Coeffin: guarding a broken heart

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An ancient stronghold overlooking the Sound of Mull… infused in its ivy-clad walls is an irresistible legend.

Portraits of a cold climate

Approaching snowstorm

In early spring the mountains are still in the grip of snow, ice and piercing winds… but there’s beauty in abundance

Skye’s ‘coral beach’

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Claigan beach in north-west Skye owes its dazzling white sands to an unusual variety of seaweed…

Glen Lonan: ‘The Road of the Kings’

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What links this quiet glen in Argyll with the sacred island of Iona? The answer lies in the passing of Scotland’s kings…