Later that same day, as we headed for home, well, my sister’s house, the sun was going down, the light was still good and I’d always wanted to stop off at Restenneth priory, it is on the way, isn’t it? 😉
I’ve been researching this ancient site for a few days now and, it seems, no-one wants to publish a full set of information. As ever, our own historic agencies seem to be either squabbling over it or disinterested, such a shame.
There may have been a Pictish church on this site as far back as 710! I’ve now stumbled upon a few sites with information about the Picts, I really ought to find out more. Wikipedia seems to have the most detailed information about the site, which is no bad thing, other than it is supported by us only! There are a few interesting artefacts on the site, which I will share but, I could find out very little about them
The old tree at the front of the buildings made for a beautiful silhouette.
The priory is situated just off the road out of Forfar, tucked behind trees so unless you are paying attention to the single sign, or happen to notice the spire in the trees, it is easily missed. There’s a wonderful peaceful atmosphere here, I’d love to come back on a cloudless night and try some astro shots. There is a sign at the entrance that states No entry after dark 🙁
A field surrounds the priory site now and it is currently occupied by Nelly and Nate, a beautiful pair of Galloway belted cows 🙂
I mentioned a lack of information, this sarcophagus is wonderful but, I saw nothing to explain it.
Three flat stones lie down the centre of the main building, there are often graves in the floor of our cathedrals and churches but, the smiley face on this one intrigued me. I’ve looked through many sites covering grave markers but none mention this. Is it graffiti or deliberate?
There aren’t many windows left, in fact, apart from this main central area, there’s not much left at all.
This engraved stone is mounted on the wall within the entrance arch. Who was it?
There may have been a family stone in this main arch? The small neuk for a candle, tributes?
Given how little of the rest of the building still remains, it’s a wonder that the main spire is still intact. I love the markings where other roofs would have met the tower walls.
I did love the silhouette of this tree as the sun went down. I think I must revisit this site. If this tree is hundreds of years old …….
This was a very peaceful end to a fabulous day out, many more to come I hope. All shots with the Lumix again.
Extremely interesting site – amazing how little information exists, but so glad you got what you did. Thanks for the wonderful visit! Love that last b&w – great framing!
Thanks John, that tree begged to be framed in the entrance arch. I think I’ll be back here a few more times, moving to live nearby
What a cool set of images , love history, what an interesting building to be able to explore. The smiley face makes me wonder when that appeared is it damage from someone who likes to damage old sites or is it original very interesting Love the last shot with the framing and black and white well done Thanks for sharing this unique site
Thanks Thomas, been meaning to visit for a long time, there may be more 🙂
Brain looking forward to more images Thanks
Looks a place where I could spend some hours wandering in and taking photos. Love the oreo cow.
🙂 🙂 Oreo cow love I, yeah, a wonderful site with few visitors
Another great series. Love the sky you were able to capture and of course Nelly is a cutie and very photogenic 😊
Thank you Camellia, I was pleased to get that too. The little Lumix can be fickle, maybe I’m getting used to it 🙂
I love my Lumix ZS50, but, yes, it can, as we say Down South “get a little hitch in its git-a-long” at times, so I just do as I do with other technology. Reboot! Seems that the zoom likes to hang and not return. Other than that, it’s my favorite for “Pocket camera” and “car camera” when I don’t want to lug the Nikon around or leave it in the car. It takes great exposures!
Big smile at your remarks John 🙂 I have this bad habit of thinking “I’ll not need the Nikon” and then …… That said, the Lumix does get some good shots.
Great stuff, Brian! The smiley face sarcophagus was interesting, and like the others I really liked Nelly and the last shot.
Thanks Tom, I’d missed your comment here, I’m intending on heading back here soon, I love that tree in the archway