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Elliot Water from Arbirlot to Elliot, Arbroath

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Yesterday we visited a small hamlet called Arbirlot, which is just off the main dual carriageway between Dundee and Arbroath, about 6 miles from Carnoustie (guessing here folks!). We have lived here five years and didn’t know about this pretty place.

There is a nature trail along Elliot Water, which is more of a Burn than a river, but very pretty. The car park is opposite the church and beside the graveyard.

The village of Arbirlot dates back at least to 1000AD, when it is believed that Danish Invaders destroyed the first church here. Here is some more info……

A hamlet in an Angus parish of the same name, Arbirlot lies on the Elliot Water, 2 miles (3 km) west of Arbroath. Occupied by handloom weavers and farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries, Arbirlot once had a meal mill, slaughterhouse and two schools. Kelly Castle, which overlooks the Elliot Water, comprises a four-storey tower of the 16th Century set within a 19th-century courtyard. It was a stronghold of the Mowbray family until forfeited to the Stewarts in the early 14th century and was restored by the Earl of Dalhousie in the 19th century

It was the Maules of Dalhousie who, in the 19th Century funded the building of the present church, village hall, and the road bridge, which is beautifully decorated all around the arch. It’s hard to see the decoration on these pictures, but it is lovely. It amazes me when I see lovely decorative stonework like this in a place that really isn’t on show….a different ethos back then…we have a lot to thank the Victorians for don’t we!

There are several 18th Century Gravestones leaning against the church, which must have come from the older church yard, but I couldn’t find any info about them.

The walk takes you along the water’s edge. I took pictures of the wild flowers. Not all of them came out well, but here are the ones I liked. You might be able to help me name some of them! I’m not great at wildflower i.d.

Ramsons…wild Garlic…this one is easy!

Celandines in the water…..

Red Campion….everywhere just now, I love it!

??

A violet…another easy one…they’re all easy if you know ’em!

Funghi

Germander Speedwell, thanks Shirley for ID

Symphytum Tuberosum

Petasites Hybridus ‘Butter Burr’ ….we think!

Thanks helenium for ID!

Garlic Mustard, thanks Shirley for ID!

Arbirlot Village from the footpath

There is a castle – Kelly Castle (not to be confused with Kellie Castle in Fife) which overlooks the water from the other side. I hope I will be able to get a picture of it one day, but I didn’t know it was there and I certainly didn’t see it…..annoying!

Hope you like the wildflowers and the waterfall anyway. Thanks for reading! :))

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Lovely blog Karen...enjoyed the walk...:>)

15 May, 2011

 

WOW...how lovely, there are quite a few beautiful villages around here too, I would never have known about, if I did not buy stuff from 'ebay' and having to collect them. :))

15 May, 2011

 

Such natural beauty....the perfect way to spend some time out and about. Sometimes things of beauty and interest are on our doorstep and it takes us a long time to discover them....you'll have to go back and find the castle, Karen :)

15 May, 2011

 

Beautiful pictures Karen and interesting blog, thanks for sharing

15 May, 2011

 

lovely blog with great pics Karen, some of the wild flowers are beautiful..looks like a nice place to visit.:o)

15 May, 2011

 

I love old churches. There's something about them. And I like looking at gravestones aswell lol ... is that morbid ? but I like to read the names etc. Don't know why.

15 May, 2011

 

The plant in the last pics may be Garlic Mustard & the one after the Funghi pic, Germander Speedwell, according to my very old Wild Flowers book by Michelin!

15 May, 2011

 

Thanks Shirley! Thanks everyone actually! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog. The village itself is tiny, but there are some lovely cottages, all part of a conservation area and every one of them looked loved and cared for. I didn't take pics of them as I think it's rude to take pics of people's homes, but they were lovely! Only one for sale, a grade B listed affair, with a strange frontage, but very quirky. No garden at the back sadly but nice space at the front....a lot of work needing done on it though. Not OH's bag, or mine for that matter!

15 May, 2011

 

Hywel, I can't see anything morbid in looking at gravestones. I think they are fascinating too.....I like to see if I can find the oldest one in the graveyard. It was easy there, as the oldest ones were leaning against the wall! It gives a sense of history doesn't it...interesting to see the local names too with all their descriptions of what people did for a living....one of the ones I saw yesterday was Sievewright..an old Anglo Saxon name describing a person who made sieves for agriculture (separating wheat from chaff etc.). Angus is a very agricultural area of course, so they would have needed lots of agricultural machinery and tools in Arbirlot.

15 May, 2011

 

Check images of those wild fowers, Karen and see if you agree with my book! It's one the children had, bearing in mind they're now 28 and 30, it's a wonder I still have it! I like the sound of a Grade B listed abode, Roses round the door and a Cottage garden . . .

15 May, 2011

 

Here you go then SHirley! :))
http://www.findmybuyer.co.uk/property-details/angus/arbroath/glenmore

15 May, 2011

 

Noooo ... rear garden with attached brick shed ? Now ... if you could turn the house round! Love the Tartan curtain in the doorway ... not!

15 May, 2011

 

See! :)) I think I'd rather have your pergola and vine any day!

15 May, 2011

 

Indeed! : o )))

15 May, 2011

 

lol After reading your reply comment Karen I remember noticing the occupation of one ancestor of mine in the 1840s - a sievemaker lol but his name was Rees.

15 May, 2011

 

Lovely blog with great photo`s Karen, I agree with you about peoples homes, it an invasion of their privacy but the old stone cottages are lovely and many would make fabulous scenes for jigsaws, paintings ,crosstitch patterns, etc..
Like you we explore churches and their grounds when visiting places, not in a religious sense, just have an interest in history so thankyou for providing the info for the village, the walk along the river looks very inviting as well.
Pleased you found this hamlet and you have a reason to go back, I `ll look out for your photo of the castle, lol...

15 May, 2011

 

I google-earthed the castle Lincs, and I dont' think it will be visible from the burn, even in winter. Too many trees I think, but I shall try! It's a private home, so no access.

15 May, 2011

 

Loved the blog K. What a lovely place to visit, those waterfalls are just so peaceful looking!

15 May, 2011

 

A, it probably would have been 'undiscovered' for another five years had it not been for my 'unhappy day' when the boiler engineer mentioned it to me...so good things do come from bad sometimes!

15 May, 2011

 

They certainly can K... they most certainly can! I'm glad you discovered it and shared it with us all! Thanks!

15 May, 2011

 

:)) My pleasure!

15 May, 2011

 

Oh forgot! I'm not sure about this, but... could the plant photo under the symphytom, be a Petasites, (common name Butterbur)?

15 May, 2011

 

Beautiful pictures Karen - I wish I could visit here - love the waterfalls and leafy plants you seen :) great blog

15 May, 2011

 

Thanks Aileen. That's what I thought it was, but I couldn't recall the name... the one with the lovely pink/red flower in the early spring. That's right! I first saw them at Barry Mill beside the burn there.

15 May, 2011

 

I have the purple leaf and variegated ones Karen, that's why I thought it was those!

15 May, 2011

 

Oh, that's interesting, I didn't know you could get garden versions! Have you got pics of them A? Might be good for my boggy bit!

16 May, 2011

 

I'll take some later today Karen! I think it's (sorry in advance if I'm wrong) Shirley tulip that has the all green one!

16 May, 2011

 

Nope, it's not in my garden! : o )

16 May, 2011

 

lovely blog karen and history lesson, love the waterfall, you could make that your next painting, stunning :o)

17 May, 2011

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