Picture This: Dunure Castle Crumbles by the Clyde

by Keith Savage · 4 comments


The Firth of Clyde gnaws at the Heads of Dunure like a dog upon a cracked skull. Down the coast of southern Ayrshire the sea cliffs spill their stony brains into the sea. Against the salt-flecked wind stands Dunure Castle, a shell of inspiration left behind long after the unknowable spark has passed. I crouch in the sand and rocks beneath its facade, brushing away the grit clinging to tiny, calcified sea creatures, look upward. Across the firth, the Isle of Arran seems to bob in the surf. There are castles there, too, and all across the width and breadth of Scotland. That the Kennedys ruled here and built Dunure in the 13th century matters little to me. Dunure represents a thrust at the heavens from those men and women who gaze upon stars and wonder at their own origin and legacy, who, like children chasing fireflies, clap their hands upon the downspiral of inspiration and fashion rough-hewn bodies to house it. I wonder if this is magic, when an idea is as fragile as a candle flame in the Scotch wind, as prone to slip our grasp as the drifting cottonwood and dandelion seed, to create the image in the mind’s eye. Dunure reminds me of the answer – that wonder is the essence of magic, and that not knowing is the means to work it.


Erik RasmussenNo Gravatar June 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Another lovely photo and lyrical text, but for the past couple of months or more I have not been receiving your emails. I tried to subscribe again (today) but was told that I was already a subscriber–which is true in the abstract but not in reality. Your emails have not been going to my spam folder. Are other folks having this problem or am I a one-off?

Keith SavageNo Gravatar June 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hi Erik, thanks for letting me know. A couple months back I switched my feed service since the existing one was shutting down. I’ll take a look at this and hopefully get it fixed.

Alison HayNo Gravatar July 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I signed up too, but I’ve never received an email (although I do see the facebook posts). Alison
Fabulous website by the way – I’m planning my trip for June 2015.

Keith SavageNo Gravatar July 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Thanks for the note Alison. I think I’ve identified the issue so it should be fixed soon.

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