At the head of Loch Sheil in Scotland, the small village of Glenfinnan is popular with visitors for two reasons. The Glenfinnan Monument, erected in the 19th century, commemorates the Jacobite raising of the standard on 19 August 1745 as Bonnie Prince Charlie made his bid for the British throne. I was here to remember this historic moment but it seems that many people visit this area to make more modern connections. The Glenfinnan viaduct spans 1,000 feet and is 100 feet high and, thanks to Harry Potter films, is a popular attraction, particular when the steam trains are running.
We were lucky to be here on a glorious sunny spring day when undoubtedly Scotland is the most beautiful place in the world to be. While we waited our turn to climb the steep narrow stone staircase to the top of the tower for the wonderful view over Loch Sheil I browsed along the memorial plaques on the benches around the base of the monument.
For These Are My Mountains And I Am Come Home In Loving Memory WILLISON P GIBSON 1932-1999 & Catherine Gibson 1934-2008 Until The Twelfth Of Never We Will Still Be Loving You
These two memorial plaques on one bench to Willison P and Catherine Gibson caught my eye for their poetic story of a loving couple. Willison P Gibson died in 1999 many years before Catherine and the plaque his family left for him conjures up a picture of a man who loved these mountains and called them home. Catherine Gibson died in Livingston in 2008 aged 74-years. They both left behind a loving family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will always have a link with this beautiful place.