14 de agosto de 2011

Escocia: St Conan's Kirk

Situada en la orilla norte del Loch Awe (Argyll), a los pies del Ben Cruachan y resguardada de miradas indicretas por grandes árboles, se encuentra la iglesia de saint Conan's Kirk (s. XX).

Aseguran que guarda un hueso de Robert the Bruce, rey de Escocia.

Fue levantada entre 1881 y 1886 e ideada por Walter Campbell, quien descansa en su interior, para su madre.

Sufrió posteriores variaciones convirtiéndola en lo que es hoy, una interesante, misteriosa, preciosista y ecléctica iglesia en la que podemos encontrar una mezcla de estilos: normado, románico, barroco y gótico.

Fijaros en sus curiosos elementos decorativos de su fachada posterior.

Aconsejo llegar al atardecer, cuando las pocas visitas se han reducido y el sol comienza a palidecer.

Tras visitarla, y si podéis, acercaros a la parte que da al lago.
Buscad un mirador circular con asientos y sobre un texto de Isaías 60-20 tallado en la piedra en la que asentarás tus posaderas, contemplad en silencio cómo el sol cae sobre el Awe mientras un velo rojizo cubre el cielo.

Si estás con tu pareja y tenías pensado declararte has encontrado el momento y lugar.










Canciones: http://lochawe.bandcamp.com/


4 comentarios:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/landscapes/ben_cruachan/ dijo...

Ben Cruachan is the highest summit of a range of peaks between Loch Awe and Loch Etive. In a cave carved beneath it is a huge pumped-storage hydro-electric power station.

http://www.worldstudysolutions.com/en/advarticle.php?class=en&section=travel&id=425 dijo...

From Balquhidder the tour winds its way through the tough knot of mountains known as Breadalbane (meaning the 'high country of Scotland') before we stop for lunch in a small West Highland village. Shortly after lunch you will see Kilchurn Castle, a magnificent ruin situated in the middle of Loch Awe and former home of the Campbells of Breadalbane. You will continue along the banks of Loch Awe through Campbell country to the picturesque town of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne. Here you can visit the 18th-century castle and home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the Campbell clan. The town was built at the same time as the castle and has the air of a classic 18th-century planned village with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses. You can take time to explore the town and maybe call at the Old Jail or the maritime museum, the Arctic Penguin.

http://www.caledoniansocietyofneworleans.com/main_pgs/clans/c_hist/macgregor.html dijo...

The troubles of the MacGregors came to a climax towards the close of the sixteenth century. Driven to desperation, and fired with injustice, they were induced to perpetrate many wild deeds. In 1588, for example, took place the dreadful ceremony in the little kirk of Balquhidder, remembered as Clan Alpine’s Vow. A few days earlier a mysterious body, "the Children of the Mist," had surprised the King’s forester, Drummond-Ernoch, in Glenartney. They had killed him, cut off his head, and on their way home along Loch Earnside had displayed that head in barbarous fashion on the dinner table at Ardvorlich to the sister of the slain man, who was Ardvorlich’s wife, by reason of which she had fled from the house demented. On the following Sunday the MacGregor clansmen gathered in Balquhidder Kirk where one after another approached the altar, laid his hand on the severed head, and swore himself a partner in the dark deed that had placed it there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/landscapes/ben_cruachan/ dijo...

Argyll and Bute is one of Scotland’s 32 unitary council areas. Its administrative centre is in Lochgilphead.
It covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council and is bordered by Highland, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire.