The square monolith of Threave Castle stands off in the distance on its small island in the middle of the river Dee, so quite what the round tower structure in the foreground is I’m unsure. Perhaps it’s a disguised water tank, or maybe it really is an ancient relic.
I was driving through this part of The Stewartry when I spotted the nearer tower. Without thinking I leaped from the car, climbed over a gate, and ran across the field to frame my shot. When I returned to the car a woman stepped out of her cottage door and asked what I was doing. When I apologised to her she said that I was lucky that the bull wasn’t in the field that day.
This is the footpath that takes you past Threave Castle and alongside the river Dee. They say the area is enchanted but perhaps they just meant enchanting.
The remains of Threave Castle in The Stewartry of Dumfries & Galloway stands on an island in the river Dee. There’s a ferry which you can summon with a bell and which takes you across the water. Perhaps, one day I might actually ring that bell with intent. Until then it will have to be seen from afar.
A picture of Threave Castle seen at sunset and framed by the riverside trees. The river is the Dee that flows from the Galloway hills through Loch Ken and down to the sea at Kirkcudbright.