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Ministerial Loch

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Duddingston Loch,  Edinburgh,  April 2016

This beautiful loch is a short walk out of Edinburgh city centre, lying beneath Arthur’s Seat and with several achievements to its name.

For starters, it is the only natural freshwater loch in Edinburgh.

It is also part of a nature reserve and home to a wide range of wet-loving wildlife, including herons, otters and chunky carp.  Visitors are welcome year round to walk lochside.

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Its other claim to fame goes back to its popularity as an ice skating venue in the eighteenth century.  A famous member of the Edinburgh Skating Club, Reverend Robert Walker, was portrayed on this very water, in what is now a famous Scottish oil painting, The Skating Minister.

The skating Minister, by Henry Raeburn

The Skating Minister, circa 1795, on view at National Gallery of Scotland

 

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 14 April 2016

 

Part of B&W ChallengeGood Fences and Saturday Critters

 

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    • There’s a great walk including that loch (and a lovely pub) that I’ll be sharing with you all soon – just need the time to write the post!

      On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 10:54 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:

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    • You see quite a lot of this minister as you wander around Edinburgh as the gallery uses it on a lot of posters. It has only been well known for about 50-60 years.

      On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 5:33 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:

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