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Age of Industry

Join us in September as we explore the age of industry...

The Caledonian Canal and Clachnaharry Sea Lock, The Great Glen, Highlands

The Clachnaharry sea lock - a place where salt water meets fresh, where turbulence meets calm, where a distinctly maritime breeze whips over the canal jutting out like the tale of a leviathan: a liminal place created with great difficulty.

Charlestown limekilns - Harbour Road, Limekilns, Fife

As you approach Charlestown limekilns, you spy a masonry structure of impressive scale and quality. But it is not a fine house nor a temple to textile wealth, but part of an 18th century industrial complex begun in the late 1750s to maximise the limestone, lime and coal production of the local landowner of the time, Charles Bruce, the 5th Earl of Elgin after whom the village and lime kilns are named. The limekilns at Charlestown were once the largest in Scotland and may arguably have been part of one of the biggest complexes of its kind in the UK. It produced one of the most important commodities of the 18th and 19th centuries in Scotland - lime.