Culross, Scotland

JULY 2005 – View into Tanhouse Brae in Culross, Scotland on a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

For our trip to Scotland we had planned to visit the west coast first and then slowly move to the east coast. But when we arrived in Oban the weather was turning really bad, with strong winds, rain, and low temperatures. And while we sat in our room, wondering what to do now, we watched a TV live broadcast of the British Open gold tournament in St. Andrews. The sun was shining! So we decided to pack our bags and drive over to the east coast. It’s not that far away, and we could stop at interesting locations enroute.

One of these stops was at Culross, west of Dumfermline. This small village has been conserved in its historic state and presents itself to the visitors in a very good shape, featuring several cobble stone streets and tiny houses.

This is the view from the historic ‘Mercat Cross’ at the heart of the town, into Tanhouse Brae. A look at recent images shows that the preservation has worked exceptionally well as there is almost no visible change between this photo from 2005 and today. Nice.

By the way, as you can see, the weather got better with each mile that we progressed towards the east cost.

The high resolution image

Capture Date17-JUL-2005
LocationCulross, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6630 x 4362 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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