By David Squires
"Anyone who has walked or climbed in Scotland will in the end stumble upon a view indicator - one of many discs or plates which establish surrounding positive factors within the panorama. this is often the 1st full-length paintings dedicated to those units. because the first indicator seemed in 1890 at girls' Rock in Stirling, greater than 340 were put in at viewpoints round Scotland - on hilltops, coastal websites, historic structures, parks, golfing classes and lay-bys. they vary from the Mull of Galloway to Shetland, and from sea point to the country's maximum mountains. 349 perspectives of Scotland is a finished and fascinating directory of those symptoms, supplying information regarding their actual description, clothier, date and a few of the trusts, teams, councils, and so forth. that outfitted them. Thirty-two maps exhibit the place the symptoms can be found and there are over one hundred thirty pictures, a few of which date again decades, delivering a desirable ancient element to the ebook. during his examine, the writer has visited the entire websites at the list"-- Read more...
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24 Inverness-shire Tote Forest NG 520 577 Two large slabs of synthetic stone mounted on separate stone plinths. Designed by Peter McDermott and erected by the Staffin Community Trust in summer 2008. The drawings on the slabs were based on photographs. The peak identified as An Teallach is Beinn Ghobhlach; the peak identified as Ben Tianavaig is Fiurnean; the peak identified as Slioch is part of Baosbheinn. Slioch is not visible. Meike Schmidt told me that ‘the peaks were identified by several local people including a geographer and an outdoor guide’.
55 Carn na Frith Aird NG 800 339 Triangular chart on a stone cairn. 1998. Rum is visible, but appears over the top of Skye and not where shown. Personal communication, Iain Turnbull, NTS. Balmacara Army Camp NG 810 276 Iain Turnbull describes the indicator which stood here as a ‘wooden construction with three panels made of Perspex/plastic, designed and erected by NTS’. 1988 when the Countryside Commission for Scotland gave a grant to the National Trust for Scotland for two viewpoint indicators at Balmacara.
This is briefly seen in the episode of The Munro Show (broadcast 1991) in which Muriel Gray climbs Creag Megaidh. Of the two panels which Gray refers to as ‘these little guides’ it is the one on the left. 1997. The SNH panel was mounted on a wooden stand rather than the wall, and was still in place when I visited on 16 June 2009. When I revisited on 11 December 2010, it had been removed to allow the car park to be enlarged. HISP database, ID 1352, Highland Council, 1998 ‘Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve’, photo by Colin Kinnear taken 2008 on Geograph (SNH panel) Glen Roy NN 298 853 Panel on a stone plinth.