27. September 2023

Camera Club: Scotland – A Nature Paradise on the edge of Europe

Lesedauer ca. 4 Minuten

On a freezing cold Monday evening, Dec 12, 2022, some 34 of us attended a marvellous photo and film show by Walter and Vroni Krismer. Over 5 weeks in June and early July 2017 they spent 5 weeks touring Scotland in their camper-van.
They took us on their clockwise trip around Scotland, starting at Hadrian’s Wall, exploring the abbeys of Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh. Later they showed us Elgin and St Andrews Cathedrals: the ruins of all five Catholic churches reflected the impact of the Scottish Reformation from 1560.

Hadrians Wall

Scottish writers figured in the tour: Walter Scott at Abbotsford, Robert Burns in Ayrshire. Burns’ ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – now an international song of friendship and memory – was a leitmotif through the evening.

History (the isle of Iona and the start of Christianization from AD 563; the tragic Mary Stuart; Fort George – built after the 1745 Jacobite uprising; the late Queen’s Balmoral and Holyrood (in Edinburgh) and modernity (Glasgow Science Centre, the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies ) alternated throughout the presentation: real ‘edutainment’. (Walt Disney once said: ‘I prefer to entertain people in the hope they learn, rather than teach them in the hope they are entertained!’) The Krismers entertained us without being teachers! We learned a lot on the way….
We visited the Isles of Mull (stunning Staffa, with Mendelssohn’s music to Fingal’s Cave), Skye (the astonishing Old Man of Storr), and Handa with its bird colonies (puffins!). We felt the power of the Atlantic Ocean and almost smelt the salt-spray.
Time and again we were given wonderful images of Scottish flowers (especially foxgloves), underlined by subtly chosen musical interludes. In film we drove with the Krismers along remote single-track roads, meeting some rare traffic at a ‘Passing Place’. We followed the Hogwart’s Express over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Humour helped us on our way: a dog sporting sunglasses (Scotland without the rain!), a swan eyeing a dog circling it – in fact, swans appeared on several occasions, once with their cygnets! The Krismers acting as shepherds, pushing along a flock of sheep with their camper-van on a single-track road. ‘Nessie’ suddenly popping up out of Loch Ness! Smiles broadening on faces at a whisky-tasting! The local blacksmith at Gretna Green hammering out the marriages of young runaway lovers.

Loch Ness Urquhart Castle

Scottish Pipers played for us ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’ (Scotland’s unofficial ‘national anthem’).
As Scots ourselves, this is the Scotland we recognize and love. We warmly thanked Vroni, Walter…and others!….with a Malt Whisky dram at the end. One for the road on a cold, cold night.

PS. Sandra has already written up several tours of Scotland for the Dorfzeitung:


Finally getting a taste of other excellent pictures presented at the show:

Dunnet Head
Edinburgh from above
Eilean Donan Castle
Knockan Carg
Knockan Crag
New Abbey
Queensferry Crossing
Edinburgh: Royal Mile
Skye – Neist Point
St. Andrerws

All photographs: Vroni and Walter Krismer

The DZ editorial team would like to thank Vroni and Walter Krismer for providing these superb pics!

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Andrew and Sandra were both born in Scotland and both studied at the University of St Andrews, although they didn’t know each other then. Andrew is an English teaching professional with 40 years’ experience at school and University level. He has held seminars all over Europe and is still active in professional development for teachers and in related publishing. Andrew moved to Inzing from Innsbruck in 1998. He has worked in Austria for most of his working life. He is a great reader and has an impressive library. His other interests include classic cars and football. Sandra had a varied career as a manager in public services in the UK, finally specializing in Customer Service. She spent the last part of her working life as a freelance management consultant. She is also qualified to teach English and is a member of the Institute of Customer Service (UK). Her hobbies include gardening, hillwalking and cycling. She and Andrew married in August 2006 and Sandra moved to Inzing in 2011 when they built their house in Brechtenweg. Andrew and Sandra are members of the Inzing Freundeskreis für Integration and help to run a fortnightly Sprachcafé for newcomers. Andrew was a contributor to the Radio Enterbach project in 2009 and Andrew and Sandra now make two programmes for Freirad, Poetry Café and reading Circle (both in English). They are keen to ensure that the Dorfzeitung remains a meaningful and useful publication which offers something to everyone who lives in the village.

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