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The End of the Road

The End of the Road
16 x 26 cm

This is another abandoned farm, although it isn't a ruin and the barns and fields still seem to be used. It lies at the head of Dunbeath Strath (a "strath" being the name for a valley in this area). A rough stone track leads up to it, from the village on the coast, and goes on to a few fishing huts. There are a few ruins and small fields along the way, but the landscape becomes increasingly wilder. Beyond the farm there is just a vast area of moorland and bogs, with a few small lochs. The transition seems quite sudden: on one side there are walls and buildings with sheep grazing, while on the other there is wilderness.


  1. Hi there Keith!... Yet another fine panaoramic view in the fine Tilley watercolour tradition!

    The courage of our early ancestors... in whatever region of the world one looks is simply mind boggling isn't it!

    Even by today's standard it is wild and untouched... even in the face of our technology and travelling abilities.

    A lovely... sympathetic and sensitive record of your Scottish heritage! Well done Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. lovely sense of space and light keith
    you live in a unique part of the world,good to see you recording it
    looks like spring is peeping thru as well!

  3. great to see you recording the isolated farm houses and crofts. I was looking at a few the other day when I was driving over the cabrach moor near Dufftown, I think there are only a couple that are still active farmhouses. Harsh conditions to live in the isolation would have been very difficult. They never had a day off either just the same routine each day. Hardy folk.

  4. Caroline and Bruce - modern life has brought lots of advantages, but I feel that something has been lost in the process. People don't seem to have so much resilience and self-reliance any more.

  5. Thanks Rob. I hear that snow is forecast for tonight, so maybe Spring is not quite here yet. The daffodils are out and we had a hedgehog in the garden yesterday, so I hope it's just a short cold spell.

  6. Keith...its been awhile since I have last bad. I have enjoyed looking through your latest...your landscapes have fabulous perspective.

  7. When they abandon the farms does the land stay in the family? What ultimately happens to the land and farms?

  8. Hi Kevin, I think they are mostly tenant farms, so they will be owned by big estates. The farmers would have worked on the estates as well, but there isn't the need for a large workforce any more.


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