Faith hope and charity

Saturday, and we have returned to the mainland. Rather than drive all the way home on the Friday we elected to stop at Inverness and extend our holiday with a day’s sightseeing there.

Every man’s castle…

In the morning we took a tour on the open top bus, a great way to take in the city

Enter the fort

Then we headed off to Fort George, another return visit, as last time we found it fascinating, and there was a chance to spot seals and dolphins, sadly to be unfulfilled.

That’s just cheating

I took hundreds of photo’s but won’t bore you with them, let me cheat and just use this aerial shot displayed in the fort itself, then we headed back for our own, brief tour of Inverness

Beloved and I took an evening stroll, along the river and back the other side, where we came upon this staue of the three virtues, a pleasant and neat way to conclude the cycle of our holiday. The creation of the Three Virtues’ statues in Inverness was linked with the Young Men’s Christian Association. A branch opened in Inverness in 1859. The association originally occupied a room at 3 High Street. The YMCA commissioned local sculptor Andrew Davidson to create three figures from Greek Mythology – Faith, Hope and Charity – to stand on top of the building. Each figure carries her own attribute: respectively a Bible, an anchor and a cornucopia. The Association Buildings, as it was known, was later bought by William MacKay and became MacKay’s Tartan & Tweed Warehouse and, latterly, Grant’s Tartan & Tweed Warehouse. It was demolished in 1955 and the statues were removed to the Burgh Surveyor’s yard where they remained until 1961, when they were bought by Norris Wood, a stonemason and antique collector from Orkney.
For many years they stood in the grounds of his home, Graemeshall House, near Holm, Orkney Until 2007 when they were purchased by Inverness council and returned from Orkney to their home, as we were returning from Orkney to ours.

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