Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A visit to the Queen's Well

You just take a sip of spring water in the middle of nowhere and someone rushes along and builds a memorial to commemorate the occasion.

Well that's what happened to Queen Victoria when she ventured up Glen Mark, at the head of Glen Esk, in 1861.

Last week, approximately one hundred and fifty years later, I followed in her footsteps, along with Gail and her friends Kate and Henry.

This is the 'Queen's Well'. Quite an impressive little structure isn't it?

But to be frank, the water looked slimey, so we wandered further up the glen... search of the perfect picnic spot.

I think we found it - don't you?

So Gail, when are they going to come along a build a memorial so that future generations know that I lunched right here?

I wonder if my friend Wilf is aware that the whole area is called the Glens of Angus?

(And I'm telling you, you can't go anywhere in this part of Scotland without finding some sign saying that Queen Victoria got here first. It's a wonder she ever had time to be monarch. Well I guess if you reign for sixty years you get bored of hanging around sat on the throne in Buckingham Palace with some heavy bit of metal on your head...)

PS from Gail: history buffs please be tolerant with Bertie and remember science is his speciality.


  1. Bertie - Wilf knows the area well. He used to go for a pint ( with Angus ) at a hotel that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once visited in Fettercairn .

  2. What a grand looking day! we said...almost makes up for the Newfoundland trip without you.

    We think George Washington did the same thing. Only he seemed to sleep everywhere....

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  3. hey Bertie,

    What a beautiful monument, and all for a sip of water! Thank you for sharing that fun bit of history!

    The spot you found is gorgeous! Does the water and weather ever get warm enough to swim there? The waterfall is awesome! You have a great nose for picking out lovely spots. So I definitely think they should build a spectacular monument to you! I would visit it! :->


  4. Hey Bertie,
    I think you did find the right spot and they need to make the spot where Bertie has been first!!!


  5. Spectacular scenery Bertie and as you say, a perfect picnic spot. I suspect that your monument will be much larger...

  6. That is a beautiful monument! Very nice views!

  7. Bertie I agree you definitely did find the pawfect picnic spot! Gorgeous! :)

    Waggin at ya,

  8. A very good place for a picnic Bertie. We definitely think there should be a memeorial built to show you were there! Much bigger than Vicky's though!!!

  9. I think they should add a little stone dog bowl at the side of the well to commemorate your visit

  10. Oh Bertie I think that your picnic spot is grand. I also agree with you, why not Berties Picnic Glen?

    woos, Tessa

  11. That Queen has her own watering hole, very cool
    Benny & Lily

  12. You could maybe have your gramps or someone who can do wood working make a few tablets that say Bertie was Here, and just park them about wherever you stop. Some folks, like me, who know you would say, well, this is nice and then others would say "Bertie who???"

    Happy to provide a solution for you.



  13. Remember those "Kilroy was here!"signs? "Bertie was here!" sounds so much nicer!

    Beautiful spots you get to visit. Not like our flat flat flatlands.

    Wirey woofs,

    Jake and Just Harry

  14. You are having such fun with Gail and all her wonderful walks, aren't you, Bertie? What an education! Phew, Im tired already.
    sending lotsalicks

  15. Oh Bertie - a beautiful spot for a picnic indeed! I looks like it was actually warm that day! So glad!!

  16. Bertie, I think it's a fine idea to name a glen after you so future doggies can know you took a wade in the water there, maybe a sun nap on a boulder. It seems a lovely place for a picnic and a nice place to visit again. :)

    Happy Tails,
    William Tell

  17. The place you went looks so nice. I love the scenery.

    Cassy from Learn How To Read Tablature

  18. Bertie, personally we believe you deserve a memorial erected in your name. A big one. In Colorado. Please come visit.

    Jake and Fergs

  19. Oh my...Queen Victoria? I wonder how she and I would have gotten along...I mean, I am very conservative and well she...never mind.

    A well...quite impressive, really...too bad the water was slimy!!

    Kisses, Lac