A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day seven, Bracklinn Falls and Callander Crags

15 Oct 2018

Our last full day in Scotland! We drove to Callander and parked at the Crags car park. We walked up the road to get to the waterfall car park and headed to Bracklinn Falls. Before you got to the bridge, you could get down onto the massive rocks which line the burn. This is where I did the first sketch, looking downstream to the bridge which was nestled between the trees. Plenty of people came down onto the rocks but didn't spend long down there. Time for a photo and then back on their walk. I felt glad that the time spent sketching and then having our lunch, meant that we got to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the place. The water rushing through the rocks was loud and constant.

As I was perched on a rock, I asked my son to take a photo of me painting. It wasn't the most comfortable seat in the world but I really like the sketch that I did. I especially like the dots of leaves on the right hand side, which I also used in the previous day's sketch. That is something I'll try to emulate in subsequent work.

We walked across the bridge and got the fabulous view upstream, of how the water has carved out shapes in the rocks to find a way through. The path took us up the other side of the burn, onto a wider track through a spruce forest. This opened up onto the mountains which was a fabulous panoramic view. We crossed the burn again walked along a minor road. At this point we were hoping we were going the right way! It would've been a long way back if we had to turn round!

There was a bend in the road and for some reason I turned round and noticed a sign pointing up the hill, through some trees, which said "crags". We had intended on doing the crag walk as well, so we ventured up the path. "Up" being the operative word! It took us over stones and heather with stunning views of the mountains on one side, and the flat landscape and Callander on the other. As there wsa no definite path, we still weren't sure if we were scrambling up the right way.

I persuaded the boys to stop again to let me do another sketch. This time I sat on a more comfortable rock, large and gently sloping. I decided to go a bit different with the colours on this one. Using pinks and purples with the green. What's sketching for if not to experiment?

It tried to start raining so we headed on. Still slightly doubting if we were heading the right way, we saw a woman coming the other way. We assured each other of the ways we had come and we felt sure that we were on the right track! We passed Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Cairn and the path descended through woodland and got back to the car park.

We drove down into Callander and parked in the Meadows car park. We did the walk around the meadow and wandered up the High Street to look for somewhere to eat. We had a lovely, well-deserved meal at The Waverley Hotel. It turned out to be a loely sunny evening and on our last drive back to the apartment, Loch Ard looked gorgeous in the evening sun.

Just because this was our last day in Scotland, doesn't mean the end though, read next week's post to find out where we visited on the way back home!

To read previous posts in this series, please click the links below:

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day one

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day two, Loch Ard

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day three, Rainy day

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day four, Loch Lomond

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day five, Loch Ard

A week in Scotland - Travel sketching day six, Loch a'Gleannain

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