NS4373 : Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell Monument

taken 8 years ago, near to Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell Monument
Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell Monument
This photograph was taken at low tide, allowing for a reasonably close view of the castle. See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for further details, and for some aerial photographs.

The present photograph shows the renovated part of the castle at the back, with the red beacon of Dunglass Light in front of it (compare NS4273 : The Longhaugh Light), and older parts of the wall on the left. For another view, without the red beacon, but better showing the renovated parts of the castle, see NS4373 : Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell Monument.

The large obelisk on the right is NS4373 : The Henry Bell Monument. In addition, perched above the River Clyde, about midway between the beacon and the obelisk, the base of a stone structure can be seen. This is a conical doocot, mentioned in the Canmore report. Much of that structure is hidden by vegetation, although its tip is just visible.

The background shows Sheep Hill on the left; there are the remains of a vitrified fort on top, although quarrying means that access to the hill is restricted.

[Obtaining a photograph of Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell monument from a point within the same grid square has long been difficult (compare NS4373 : Dunglass Castle from cycle path). Even after the disappearance of the NS4373 : Esso terminal at Milton, residual contamination has meant that access has been restricted. When the present photograph was submitted, a ground restoration company had recently begun working on the area; perhaps future development of the site will make the castle and monument more accessible. In the meantime, I took some photographs from the other shore of the Clyde at low tide; another contributor managed an even closer view, perhaps obtained during a trip on the Waverley: NS4373 : Henry Bell Monument, Bowling, West Dunbartonshire.]
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Sunday, 20 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 1 July, 2010
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