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Loch Polney, Dunkeld

Loch Polney, Dunkeld

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866


Item number: 2

Length: 9.9

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"This sheet of water scarcely deserves the name of Loch, being little more than a pond.

It lies in a very picturesque spot embosomed among trees, about a mile distant from Dunkeld, but since the opening of the Highland Railway it lies more out of the track of the tourist than in the days of the old stage coaches.

Loch Polney, however, is both ornamental and useful. It supplies the Duke of Athole's Lodge with water, and when frozen over in winter, is the scene of many a merry game at curling. This is a perculiarly Scottish game, and is played by hurling large rounded granite stones upon the surface of the ice towards a mark set up for the purpose. It is of a somewhat similar nature to the common game of bowls, and is enthusiastically entered into, making Craigiebarns echo back again the shouts of the players. The late Duke was a great patron of this and all other field sports and manly games."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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