Wednesday 15 February 2012

Canal Run - Part 2

Our trip along the Forth & Clyde Canal has taken us from Bowling to Glasgow. Now the canal heads into the countryside.

The canal near Torrance on a gloomy winter's day
At the village of Twechar

The Martyrs' Stone beside the road between Kirkintilloch & Kilsyth. This commemorates two Convenanters executed in 1683. 

Banton Loch, Kilsyth. This reservoir was constructed to provide water for the canal. It is also the site of the Battle of Kilsyth (1645) where the Royalist defeated the Covenanters with great loss of life.

Barges ties up for the winter at Falkirk.

I thought that these horse statues at Falkirk were to commemorate the beasts that toiled on the canal pulling barges. But they turn out to be "Kelpies" -  mythical water horses from Celtic folklore. They are models of statues 30m high that are to be erected at The Helix - a leisure development on the canal currently under construction at Grangemouth.

Stayed tuned for the final leg of our tour

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