Fieldwork notes - July 07

Tuesday 10th July 2007. Trinafour to Dalnacardoch, Perthshire.

Shepherd on Quad bike

Set out about 11.30 am from Trinafour. Camera set up on the roof with raincover as a shower had started. Used matte-box and UV filter. Between 4 - 5 miles to Dalnacardoch, rained pretty much all the way. Checked footage at the end and it appeared that the auto-focus had focused on the rain drops on the UV filter, rendering the road and the landscape out of focus. Very artistic but not intended. As the rain had now stopped, I removed the cover and the matte-box. With the camera still mounted on the roof, set out on the return leg back to Trinafour. Didn’t stop but turned around at the junction and came straight back, recording the original journey - Take 2! Checked the footage, and this time seemed fine. On the way back (again) I stopped to take photos of some of the bridges on the road, some water scenes at the loch and the shepherd with his dogs on the quad bike pictured above.

Bridge on the route of General Wade’s Road

Tuesday 10th July 2007. Single-track road from Kinloch Rannoch below Schiehallion to the junction of the B846. After lunch in Kinloch Rannoch, we set out heading south east along this route, started at 2.35 and stopped recording at 3pm. Uneventful, but pleasant enough trip.

Tuesday 10th July 2007. South Side of Loch Tummel via Foss and the Linn of Tummel to Pitlochry. Changed the tape, and the battery, then set out at around 3.12 along this road and it proved to be an absolute delight winding through the trees along the lochside. Just a few cars, and passed a group of water sports people near the end of the route. Stopped recording at around 3.40. Would like to come back along this road with the stills camera and take some photos.

Wednesday 11th July 2007. Single-track road from the A827 on Loch Tay up Ben Lawers to Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon, Perthshire. Drove a fair bit from Pitlochry to get to the start of this route. I had cycled it from the opposite end many years before and I recalled that it was pretty steep and winding - which it turned out to be. Put the camera on the roof (again minus matte-box & filters) and set out at 11.30 and had a challenging but pleasant drive over the shoulders of Ben Lawers. Near the end of the route as we were coming down towards Glen Lyon, we encountered a small herd of highland cattle who were on the road and in no hurry to move! Nudged my way through gently without mishap. Arrived at Bridge of Balgie at around 11.55. On the return trip back, I stopped at various places to take some stills - examples below.

Hydro dam at Lochan na Lairige, near Ben Lawers

Highland cow on the road, near Glen Lyon

This was the end of my recording for the day, and we gradually headed back to Edinburgh via Killin, Callender and Stirling, ready to start a trip to the borders the following day.

Thursday 12th of July 2007. In the Borders heading to Selkirk. Small single - 2/3rds track road on the west side of the Gala Water running south along the route of the A7 on the east side. Started recording outside the village of Stow at around 11.10 am and travelled via Blackhaugh to Clovenfords - the last mile or so on the B710. Overcast sky and heavy rain clouds stopped filming at around 11.30 am. Camera on the roof, no matte-box and filter. Brought back memories of when I lived near Stow in the early 1980’s and I spent a lot of time cycling around the wee borders roads. The next few days were spend at home in Edinburgh waiting out the wet weather.

B roads in the Lammermuirs

Sunday 15th of July 2007. B6456 in the Lammermuirs from the A867 to the A1605. Double track ‘B’ road. Started at 2.25 pm and stopped at 2.42 pm. Camera on the roof - no attachments. The road surface was good and a lovely shade of blue/purple, with the white line curving around the bends and corners. Not many cars and some open views of the Lammermuirs with glimpses of windfarms in the distance and closer to, signs in fields declaring that no more windfarms were wanted in the Lammermuirs. Stopped filming just short of the A1605 and drove on through Duns heading out along the A6112.

B road signs

B6365 to the B6355 to the single-track road over the hill to Abbey St. Bathans. Started out around 3pm and stopped at Abbey St. Bathans around 3.15 pm. Bright, sunny afternoon - had a walk about near the church and the footbridge over the Whiteadder Water.

ginger cat by Abbey St. Bathans

The place felt timeless, but I got back into the car and started to record the return around 3.50, ending filming on the B3655. Changed the tape and at 4.10 pm set out back on the B3655 travelling through the open country and the Lammermuirs past Whiteadder Reservoir heading to Gifford. Drove through Gifford and turned left taking the B6368 to Humbie and the junction of the with the main A68. Stopped the camera at 4.48 and stowed away the equipment before driving back to Edinburgh after a bright blustery day of driving on the Borders and East Lothian ‘B’ roads.

single track road from Abbey St. Bathans