Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction – Chimneys

Culzean Castle Chimneys

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, ‘Local Geology‘, the other thing that gives me a great deal of ‘satisfaction’ at the moment, is photographing old chimneys!!

The featured image and the two photos below come from the rather splendid building on the West Coast of Scotland, Culzean Castle. Most of what can be seen today, was built by David Kennedy, following the designs of the architect Robert Adam, between the years 1776 and 1792.

Culzean Castle - More Chimneys
Culzean Castle – More Chimneys


Culzean Castle - Chimneys and Weather Vane
Culzean Castle – Chimneys and Weather Vane

The next two photos of chimneys were taken last week down in Kirkcaldy, just random chimneys as I wandered around the town waiting to get our car repaired. The rig in the background of the first photo, is in the Firth of Forth, it’s one of three rigs which I think are drilling for natural gas.

The Pollution Producers
The Pollution Producers



The final photo was taken down at Dysart, a small picturesque village on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy.

Dysart - Chimney Rooftops
Dysart – Chimney Rooftops




49 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction – Chimneys

  1. Good to see you looking ‘up in the world.’ Scottish chimneys are distinctive. Image having to clean and replenish all those coal fire places! Mind you as a kid I loved the coal fire in my bedroom. M

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    1. Lol!!! Very good Meg! 🙂
      Certainly people had their work cut out for them with all those fires……………we’ve seen a few houses where there must have been a fire in every room. You’ve got me reminiscing now, coal fires remind me of Christmas, and opening presents in front of the fire……………… it’s definitely not the same with central heating, that’s one thing our kids have missed out on.

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      1. If we are down that way, Meg, I’ll definitely bare it in mind, it sounds right up my street!!! 🙂
        And I know all about getting to these places after they shut, we tried visiting Culzean Castle last year, but got there just as it shut, which for a 260 mile round trip, was a bit of a waste of time and money! Lol! 🙂

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    1. I agree with you Margy, there are some amazing chimneys in Surrey and Sussex. I lived in Guildford for twelve years, just as well digital cameras hadn’t been invented back then, otherwise I’d have thousands of chimney photos by now! Lol! 🙂
      We are lucky in the UK to have such ornate chimneys, but most of them are Victorian or older………………..more recent chimneys are generally quite boring over here too.


      1. I’m going to have to go back and look at my photos to remember what we saw in Guildford! We lived in Kingswood, and spent every week-end exploring! During the week, when my husband was working, I’d often take the train into London. I never grew tired of all the sights of the city.

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      2. Guildford is a beautiful town, or was, it’s nearly 20 years since I last visited. I used to love walking around London, I was at college there, in the early eighties……………………….I’m not sure that I would like it so much now, I preferred it when the dockland area was just that! I’m not into all of this demolishing the old buildings and replacing them with modern luxury apartments and office blocks, which seems to be the trait of all cities in the UK over the last 20 years or so.


  2. I think you are lucky you had to have your car repaired. This looks like a great place to wander. My favorite was dilapidated. I guess it is a wooden owl on top. Curious why it would be there. And PS. I am coming with Irene. I love your world, that is so different then mine right now.

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    1. Kirkcaldy is indeed a great place to walk around, it was great to have an excuse to wander around for 6 hours last week!!! 🙂
      The owl, (I think its probably plastic), is placed up on the roof to try and scare away the gulls, and to stop them from nesting on the roof tops, but alas, the gulls aren’t that stupid! Lol!! There were loads of them up there!
      PS Donna, you too are equally welcome to come and visit Scotland with Irene 🙂 🙂

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      1. Quite a few of our older chimneys are like that Lyn, they certainly built them to both last, and to look good too. Builders nowadays aren’t a patch on what they used to be. Mind you, it’s all about profits these days 😦

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  3. Beautiful pictures Andy, really imaginatively captured. I worked near Kirkcaldy many years ago, so seeing your pictures of the area really took me back. Seeing your photographs, and those of other skilled photographers on Word Press makes me want to learn how to take proper pictures.

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    1. Thank you Nia 🙂 I’m still really surprised by how many wordpress bloggers have some link with Fife, I’m not a native, I originally come from Cornwall, but must admit I love it up here. I’m glad I was able to bring back some memories 🙂
      As to learning to take better photos, there are some great websites for tips, and you tube is an excellent source of some brilliant photography tutorials – that’s how I’ve taught myself the basics 🙂

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      1. Thanks for the advice Andy. Learning techniques in photography (rather than quick shots, as I’ve always done) has just moved up into the top five of my ‘to do list’-as has visiting Fife again and seeing some old friends in Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Edinburgh!

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      2. I’m definitely still learning too Nia, but the best way of improving is to think about each photo as you take it. I still don’t spend enough time on each photo, but when I do, I often get a much better photo.
        Dunfermline and Edinburgh, my two favourite cities, definitely well worth a visit to see your old friends Nia 🙂


    1. Thanks Lorna, you’ll have to start checking out all the chimneys on the various wonderful NTS locations in Scotland, there are certainly some great chimneys to be found 🙂
      I’ll be posting some more Culzean photos soon, I’m still amazed at the first room you enter, with all the hundreds and hundreds of flintlocks etc on the wall……………….I’m not usually into looking at guns (they stand for everything I disagree with!), but that display was certainly unusual! 🙂


      1. I know what you mean, I feel the same about gun displays, but I remember seeing some at Abbotsford that really captured my attention. I look forward to your next post on Culzean.

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      2. I’ve not been down to Abbotsford Lorna, is that Sir Walter Scott’s house? I can quite imagine that he would be very much into his guns and armour and such like.


      3. Quite right, it was his house, and it’s well worth a visit. Along with the interesting house there are lovely gardens, and there’s a good restaurant/cafe too.

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