Following on from my last ‘Scottish Journey’ post, I left you all with a glimpse of the North East Scottish fishing town of Wick incorporating the historic town of Pulteney.

I had a couple of hours to explore this interesting area while Hub was working.

I love looking around harbours, with all the different boats, birds and coastal sights.  Wick provided plenty of all these things.  Here is a taster:

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The tall memorial you can see on the headland is a dedication to Mariners lost at sea.  You might also be interested to see this information board, showing just how busy the harbour used to be at the peak of the fishing industry here:


I also visited another important memorial garden, to commemorate the lives lost in the town during a WWII bombing raid.  It is a beautiful, quiet and peaceful space, a fitting tribute, and very timely because I was there on 1 July – the centenary anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  So it was the perfect place to sit a pay my respects:

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One of the very interesting plaques in the garden is this one, highlighting paintings of local scenes by the English artist L S Lowry:


The image in the bottom painting is of some stairs that were not far away from this garden, with its own engraving on the wall.  And I also spotted this paving slab, with Lowry’s distinctive signature, while walking back to meet Hub:

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And take a look at these beautiful metal gates, based on designs by local children to capture ‘the dreams and memories of ancestors’ – a brilliant match of history and art:

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When we are visiting different parts of Scotland, we are normally most interested in the parts that are remote and rural.  But my visit to Wick shows how much else there is to see in urban areas. 🙂