Thursday, 23 February 2012

Landmarks 2012

In the past I have organised a photo challenge where you visited specific locations in Scotland and took a photo of your bike and whatever landmark is there to prove that you'd been. This is not particularly original as the idea has been around for a while and any number of people have been organising similar things for years. The basic idea is to give yourself an excuse to get out and about on your bike and to have a bit of fun while doing so.

Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge
For this year’s challenge I decided to mix it up a bit and offer a somewhat simpler alternative. Instead of visiting specific places, this time around the idea is to visit specific things, 20 in all, take a photo of your bike next to it (it needn't be the same bike in all the shots) and send in the picture with an idea of what it is and where it is. Most of the items included can be found pretty much everywhere, and it has the added benefit that you only need to travel as near or as far as you want to take part.

Although the list includes specific things, the idea is to use your imagination. For example, there is a castle listed. However, as well as a medieval building, this can be expanded to include sand castles, public houses with the word 'Castle' in their name, towns like 'Castle Douglas' or anything else with a tenuous link to a castle. 

Eilean Donan Castle
The challenge will be running to the end of the year, and there is no reason that you can’t complete the list multiple times using different criteria. Norrie has suggested that you could probably complete it just by visiting pubs, inns and other hostelries.  

Forth Bridges
I wondered if anyone who reads this might like to take part? Either sending in their pictures to post here, or sending a link to the pictures on their own blogs? There are 20 items, so that’s 2 a month until the end of the year.

Here’s the full list, in no particular order:

Public telephone box
A flag flying
Body of water
Church/religious building
Barbershop (not a hairdresser’s salon)
Scrap or salvage yard
Train station
Football/Sports stadium
Petrol pump
Road sign


  1. Started a week or so a go, first one of the MZ and the bridges... just a few more to do, great idea!

  2. Hmmmm, there is a castle at Lake Tahoe, California. OK, I'll accept the challenge.