A Week in Scotland - Travel Sketching Day One

This year we were lucky enough to have a second holiday this summer, after going to Portugal last May. We were staying in The Trossachs in Scotland, just near Aberfoyle next to Loch Ard.

To break the journey up, and maximise our time, we stopped off at The Falls of Clyde near Lanark and walked along the river.

When you walk down from the car park, you pass through a UNESCO World Heritage Site. New Lanark is a collection of buildings which made up a cotton mill village founded in the 1700s by Robert Owen.

The river Clyde powered the mills and eventually runs into the sea, through Glasgow. There are four waterfalls near each other on the riverside walk. We opted to do the woodland trail which was 3km (1.86m) and took in Corra Linn. Linn means waterfall or pool at the base of a waterfall, or a steep precipice.

The walk started along the river via a boardwalk and looped back through the woodlands. We stopped at the viewpoint for Corra Linn and I did this sketch.

Corra Linn, Scotland


I only just managed to get the whole scene on the paper! I tend to just draw when I'm sketching and don't plan out the proportions completely. I was just going to leave this as a pen drawing but the family agreed that we had time for me to put paint on as well. I'm glad I did as I think you can tell better what it's supposed to be.

There was an information board up, telling about a cave which is near the waterfall. This is where William Wallace hid from the English after he'd killed Sheriff Hesselrigg and his soldiers at Lanark Castle. He's then thought to have made his escape to Ettrick Forest. The cave is no longer accessible, but given the terrain, it was probably fairly inaccessible at the time.

Due to the dry summer, the waterfall wasn't as full as it can be, but that was probably a good thing, as I was able to distinguish between water and rock in the lower falls.

Corra Linn sketch



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