17 Jul 2013

Some things about Scotland you may not know

Black Rock Panorama1

The photo above is a panorama of the Scottish highlands, and lies on the way to Ben Lomond. It shows Loch Tulla in the valley. The Bridge of Orchy is under repairs.

Loch Lomond 2

The above shows a panorama of Loch Lomond at sunset. Loch Lomond is the largest body of fresh water in the UK, holding more volume than all the rivers and lakes of England and Wales combined… or so the guides said.

Loch Lomond 1

This photo shows the beginning of Loch Lomond, at Balloch. To the right rear of the building is a children’s play park and entrance to the hiking/cycling trails. The boat in the middle background is the Maid of the Loch, a paddle steamer that is currently being restored. Her ‘twin’ is the oldest steamer in active service, named after lawyer and writer Sir Walter Scott.

Loch Lomond is also known from a famous song, the chorus of which is very recognisable:

O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low (road)
And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
Fir me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'


Wemyss Bay in early sunrise.

It was only when I visited Scotland that I began to see the rich (and I do mean RICH) history of the Scottish people. Listed below are some famous Scots and their accomplishments:

  1. James Young                       Inventor of Paraffin (kerosene)
  2. James Young Simpson      Pioneer of Anaesthesia
  3. Robert Liston                       Pioneering surgeon noted for speed in surgical procedures
  4. George Forbes                   Scientist and inventor of carbon brushes for electrical motors (still used today)
  5. Sir Walter Scott                   Lawyer and writer
  6. David Hume                         Historian, writer and noted philosopher
  7. Robert Burns                        Poet
  8. John Logie Baird                 Inventor of television
  9. John Boyd Dunlop               Inventor (independently) of the modern rubber tyre
  10. Robert W Thompson           Inventor (independently) of the modern rubber tyre

A more complete but still partial list of famous Scots can be found here.