Cramond Kirk Grounds, North Edinburgh – Watercolour/acrylic highlights in a Watercolour Moleskine

The village of Cramond lies to the north west of Edinburgh. It is where the River Almond enters the Firth of Forth. The ancient, 15th century church, or kirk, lies about 200 metres from the sea. Next to its grounds, the remains of a Roman Fort have been discovered and excavated. There is not much to see but, standing guard over this monument, there are some magnificent elm and sycamore trees. I couldn’t resist a painting of this one, a 150 year old elm. The Roman ruins lie underneath and to the right and, in the background, is Cramond House which dates back to the 1680′s. It is now owned by Cramond Kirk (out of vision to the right) and is used as the headquarters of The Scottish Wildlife Trust. This building is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “House of Shaws” from his novel “Kidnapped”