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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Today's Walk. The Airlie Monument, Glen Prosen

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Approaching the Airlie monument, complete with Lord of the Rings-style beacon

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Looking up Glen Prosen from the Scott Memorial

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Woods on the way up to the Airlie monument

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The memorial to Captain Scott and Dr Edward Wilson

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The Scott memorial

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Detail of an inscription on the Scott memorial

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From the former memorial to Scott and Wilson.

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Penguins on the Scott memorial

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View from the Airlie Monument

A drive up to the car park by the Scott Memorial in Glen Prosen this afternoon, followed by a walk up-hill to the Airlie Monument.   Captain Scott and his companion on two polar journeys, Edward Wilson, were familiar with this area and much of the final journey, on which they both perished, was planned here, when Wilson was researching grouse.  Their memorial is by the road and is only a couple of years old.  I liked the small block of stone from the previous memorial, which I gather was a fountain.  Lovely inscription. 'For the journey is done and the summit attained and the barriers fall.'  It's a quote from Browning's Prospice.
It's a lovely glen and it's well worth the short but stiff walk up to the Airlie Monument, which stands on top of a hill and can be seen for miles around.  It was built in 1901 in memory of an Earl of Airlie who died in the Boer war.
Planning to do more exploring in the area when I can.

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