For many years I would holiday in Scotland, basing myself in Dunkeld, Perthshire. It’s a beautiful area in it’s own right but with the added attraction of really good travel connections by either road or rail to other parts of the country.
This image is of a boat beached on the shore of that almost mythical place, Loch Ness. I first passed by it on a drive up to Inverness, I was passing through the small town of Fort Augustus and I glimpsed it through the trees that line that part of the loch.
It almost became a personal ritual in following years to take a drive out that way to see what the current situation was. Either more dereliction, perhaps renovation or even gone altogether. This image was taken around 2014-ish. I haven’t had a chance to get up there since. Real life doesn’t always cooperate, so I’m not sure what the current situation is. There was a similar situation with a boat moored at Glasson Dock on the Lancashire coast by Lancaster itself. A moored boat gradually decayed until on my last visit earlier this year all I could see was the roof of the cabin a few feet under the water.
I hope this hasn’t been the fate of this vessel, it would be a sad breaking of one of those memory threads that link you through life.