Travel Theme: Pink.  Our return from Dumfries & Galloway last Friday included a detour to Glenkiln – it promised so much:  Glenkiln, Shawhead in Dumfries and Galloway is the site of the 6 Glenkiln Sculptures by Henry Moore, Sir Jacob Epstein and Auguste Rodin situated in the beautiful glen, placed there by local landowner Sir William Keswick.  I was going to surprise the good lady.  Rodin’s John the Baptist is positioned just above the small car park at the head of the Loch – “look isn’t that amazing and there’s mo(o)re”. Except it wasn’t and there isn’t.  After the event I found Tammy Tour Guide’s informative post which explains all and bears a striking resemblance to our own experience – “Sadly, we were too lazy to scramble up the hill and check it (the Glenkiln Cross) out for ourselves” – likewise.

What did I salvage from the day?  All the estate buildings are pink 😛

Pink Pink

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  1. Malin H · March 26, 2014

    Oh, I just love that the buildings are pink. Fascinating.
    Nice images, Robin. Especially the first one.

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. LaVagabonde · March 26, 2014

    That little pink house looks lonely there at the bottom of that big hill.

    • northumbrianlight · March 26, 2014

      It does – it is an isolated spot but not isolated enough to stop bandits from nicking the sculptures 😡

  3. restlessjo · March 26, 2014

    Such a gently pretty landscape, Robin 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 27, 2014

      It is Jo – it would have looked even better with the sculptures – I am still feeling grumpy about it in true V Meldrew style 😉

  4. sustainabilitea · March 26, 2014

    Lovely photos nonetheless.


    • northumbrianlight · March 27, 2014

      Thanks Janet – it looks much warmer than it actually was – we froze looking for those darned sculptures that weren’t there 😦

  5. neverclipmywings · March 28, 2014

    This place is surreal! The pink is just the opposite color of green, maybe that’s why it looks really interesting!

    • northumbrianlight · March 28, 2014

      The pink may be slightly less harsh than it appears – blame the Fufifilm Velvia simulation on my X100s 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  6. greenmackenzie · March 28, 2014

    Isn’t it terrible that the work of art worth £3million may have been stolen and melted down to be sold for its scrap metal value….around £2,000…..such a waste 😦
    There’s a story told in Scotland that buildings were painted pink as a secret code to show Jacobite safe houses….you find pink buildings and estates scattered all across Scotland….so pretty I think, and I love the idea of a secret colour code…..but sshh don’t tell anyone!

    • northumbrianlight · March 28, 2014

      I am learning things this morning Seonaid 🙂 Colour coded buildings – that’s wonderful – I will say nothing 😐 Is that right that they have all been stolen? I knew one had – I was hoping the rest had been put into storage for safekeeping.

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