October 27th, 2019
The dominant distinguishing feature of Scottish vernacular architecture, to someone arriving from Ireland is,- dormers!. They are ubiquitous. Rare is the single story historic house that does not have them. Often, as in this example from Strathyre in the Trossachs National Park, they are set tall and proud and tower over the lower floor. It all gives a very distinctive flavour to Scottish towns and rural areas. Some sources suggest this to be largely a nineteenth century and later feature. Indeed, this example would support that given that the current village dates from the 1870's when the settlement relocated to take advantage of the railway. However, it is likely that such features were common in lowland towns utilising slate roofs much earlier.
October 20th, 2019
A recreation of an Iron Age crannog on a dramatic site at the Sottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
October 03rd, 2019
81 Herengract overlooking the oldest of Amsterdam's ring canals - a building dating from 1590! (based upon a drawing by Michael Woods)
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.