Friday, 4 January 2013

Linn O' Dee

I was at Braemar today with my wife and we visited the famous gorge at Mar Lodge Estate called Linn O' Dee. This is a truly stunning area of Royal Deeside which sees the River Dee flow through a narrow gorge between two granite cliffs creating some extraordinary shapes. These shapes or carvings are caused by the water grinding away at the rocks for thousands of years and slowly curving or flattening them as it passes by. It's amazing see the power water has when forced through a narrow passage like the Linn O' Dee and even more amazing that salmon can leap the falls during high water to carry on miles upstream to the spawning ground. Here are some pictures I took today.
Invercauld Bridge. This wade bridge was built in the early 18th century.
Linn O' Dee bridge spanning the majestic gorge which sees the River Dee narrow to carve away at the granite cliffs.  

The water has rounded the granite to create some stunning landscape.

Looking down from the bridge to show just how narrow the River Dee gets as it passes through the Linn O' Dee.
Upstream from the bridge, the Dee is still quite wide for being in the upper reaches of the river.

Mar Lodge. This house has been rebuilt several times due to being destroyed by fires. This is the 4th house to stand at this site.

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