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A Singular Monument to Two Brothers.

By Tooma
This monument sits in a lay-by off the A8003, overlooking Loch Riddon - also known as Loch Ruel. I am thinking Loch Ruel may refer to the northern area of the loch, as there is a River Ruel which flows into it - to the south, and the Kyles of Bute.

I have just spent about 40 minutes searching the web for information about this monument, and not found a single mention of it, so I do not know anything about the brothers. If you know anything, please share with me.

The Lead pic is my close-up, and the two versions show the context.

Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel Loch riddon Argyll and bute Loch Ruel

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11 Sep 2018 3:38AM

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11 Sep 2018 7:32AM
That's a beautiful landscape Tom and a super set of images, all well detailed,
Excellent set Tom, I'm not wondering who the brothers are if you find out please let us know.

11 Sep 2018 9:36AM
Superb images; I particularly like the detail and range of textures in the first picture. Smile
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
11 Sep 2018 5:31PM
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taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
11 Sep 2018 8:08PM
Easy to see why the brothers and YOU would like the view and the loch---so beautiful!
Tooma Plus
3 1.7k 2 Scotland
11 Sep 2018 8:49PM

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Acht! - Wellie time, Ron. Wellies and Sou'westers, mate.

12 Sep 2018 12:58AM
wow an amazing view but I know how frustrating it can be when you find monuments but no detail.
Love all the shots
tonyguitar 7 75 37 Canada
12 Sep 2018 6:27AM
Version 2 is a boater's paradise. Sublime beauty. TG
Tooma Plus
3 1.7k 2 Scotland
18 Oct 2018 6:53PM
I have just received a reply from The Scottish National Trust with the following additional info about the monument.
"Thanks you for your email regarding the indicators near the A8003. A colleague manage to do some online research and found the following: This is one of a pair of indicators which were presented
to the National Trust for Scotland by the Scottish Civic Trust in the summer of 1969, when the A8003 opened to the public. According to an inscription on the plates, they were erected ‘in memory of two brothers who knew and loved Scotland and its mountains’. The brothers were Harry and Jack MacRobert, prominent members of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in the twenties and
thirties. Harry edited several of the Club’s guide books and was at one time President, while Jack edited the Club’s journal for several years. The Tighnabruaich indicators were installed on the initiative of Michael MacRobert, who was Jack MacRobert ’s son and also a prime mover in setting up the Scottish Civic Trust.

In fact the Tighnabruaich Viewpoint Indicator actually came to the Trust in 1992.

I hope this answers your question and many thanks once again for getting in touch.

Best wishes


Ian Riches – Archivist - Collections Management
National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay
5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4DF
0131 458 0341; 077999 08941

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