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Curling at Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today proved very rewarding.

Weather: Daytime temperature rose to about 4 degrees C with no precipitation.

Scotland Tours: Received confirmation of an ancestry tour in June. Had to decline a Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour due to prior commitment.

Scotland Genealogy: Posted information on McGavin to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog.

Day Tour: Today, I availed of a little jaunt out to Lake of Menteith, about 1 hour from Glasgow in the Trossachs. Prime purpose was to view curling on the frozen lake, which is a once in 20/30 year event in turn due to the extreme cold weather we have experienced of late which froze the water to a thickness of 5-7 inches. Some folks walked over the ice to the Inchmahome Priory but I could not be tempted.

The curling authorities had hoped to hold a 'bonspiel' on the lake but, sadly, this has to be cancelled due to Health & Safety considerations. Bonspiel is an old Scots word meaning tournament between households but has been adopted by curlers as the name for a Grand Match.

Despite lack of official backing, a contingent of curlers did turn up and provided some interesting entertainment. This is the first time I had ever witnessed such an event. Also present was a detachment of local police ( for what purpose is not clear) and a large media detachment including the BBC with TV facilities.

Curling in process

Dancing on Ice? Well, sort of.

Curling stones ready for action.

Lake view showing folks walking over to Inchmahome.

Curling stones and brush.

Interesting scenic view. This shows a red jacketed person walking on the ice with Beinn Dearg in the background.

Curling in process.

Here are some video clips of the curling. See also this video posted to my You Tube account.




posted by Catswhiskers @ 9:08 AM 


Anonymous Scotland said...

Ideally the bonspeil should have been organised for last week when the ice at Lake Monteith was much thicker as the thinning ice and warnings from the Health & Safety Brigade meant todays spectacle was not as good as it could have been.

January 12, 2010  

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