Friday Travel Photo – vol 3

Vikings shall not pass

This week, I’ll be sharing another image from our trip to Scotland in 2013.  Another feature of this image, is that you’ll get to know a bit more about the banner on this blog.

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The Bodach of Arrochar

This is the Bodach that sits at the head of Loch Long in Arrochar, Scotland.

For over five centuries this area, the feudal barony of Arrochar, was held by the chiefs of Clan MacFarlane and before them by their ancestors the barons of Arrochar. The family is Celtic in the male line and native to their Highland homeland of tall peaks and deep lochs just above the waist of Scotland. The settlement was a key target for Viking raiders who took their boats 2 miles overland to Tarbet to attack the unprotected inland settlements at Loch Lomond before their defeat in 1263 at the battle of Largs.

According to legend, the Bodach was instrumental in keeping the Vikings at bay to protect Loch Long and its surrounding villages.

In Scottish folklore, the bodach comes down the chimney to fetch naughty children, used as a cautionary tale or bogeyman figure to frighten children into good behavior.  This sounds like a relative of the Krampus in European folklore.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with a 24-105 f/4L lens attached.  Settings for this image were f/14 with 1/100 second at 320 ISO.