Today I went to a Moto X meeting at Penicuik.
The event was organised by the Scottish Twin Shock Scambling Club. The bikes were a mix of new & old.
|NE Scotland?, 1988?|
|Stelvio Pass, Italy, 1991. I look underdressed for the conditions (2,758m = 9,048 feet)|
|The mouth of the river as it enters the Firth of Clyde|
|A few miles inland at Old Dailly are the ruins of the 14th century church. This was abandoned in 1695 and seems to have been left untouched for three centuries.|
There is also something unusual inside the ruined kirk. There are a pair of large smooth stones secured to a wall. There are several theories as to their purpose.
Two large smooth blue/grey boulders lie within the walls of the old roofless church and are thought to be Charter Stones dating back to ancient times when such stones were granted to communities in lieu of written charters and one reference refers to Dailly as a ‘Blue Stone Burgh’.
There are several traditions attached to the Old Dailly Blue Stones, one that in ancient times they were Sanctuary Stones and if wrongdoers, debtors in particular, placed their back against them they could not be apprehended.
Yet another tradition claims that the stones are possessed with mystical powers capable of bringing good fortune to those who touch them and in some cases they have the power to cure certain illness and give a feeling of well being.
The larger of the two stones weighs between 290 and 320 pounds and the smaller between 260 and 280 pounds in weight. Their smoothness and shape make them difficult for person to grip and over the years they have become an attraction for those wishing to display their strength.
|Some the gravestones look ancient (note skull & crossbones)|
|Old cast iron road sign|
|Tranquil countryside at Aird Bridge, east of Dailly|
|Drumgirnam Bridge, 1799.|
|I like the "smiley face" keystone. "Comic mask" according to Historic Scotland|
|Old street water pump in Crosshill|
The river starts from Brandan Loch, a reservoir. There is a rough track round the loch - The CBF is ok for some trail riding but I was too far from civilisation to risk a puncture or a crash.
|Sym Citycom 300, my CBF 250, Aprilia Caponord 1000, Yamaha Fazer 600, Kawasaki GTR1400 (Concours 14)|
|Trio in black - Yamaha XJ6 Diversion, Suzuki Bandit 600, Honda NC700|
Two 125cc scooters, Suzuki Gladius 650, CCM 644, Honda CB500, Chinese 125, Yamaha Thundercat 600, Kawasaki ZXR600, Yamaha YBR125
|Yamaha Thundercat 600|
|Suzuki GSXR600, Honda S-Wing 125|
|Honda Transalp 650, BMW K1200RS, Yamaha Fazer 600|
|My CBF, Suzuki VStrom 650, Suzuki Burgman 400|
|Honda CBR600, small scooter, Suzuki Bandit 1250, my CBF, Yamaha YBR125|
|Honda CB500, Honda CBR250, Honda CBF125, Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200, Honda VFR800, Honda CBR125|
|Piaggio Fly 125, two Honda CBR125s|