Wikipedia has it that Carnwath ‘is a farming village set in rolling countryside, on the edge of open moorland and with views to the Pentland Hills. Its proximity to the A70 makes it popular with commuters to Edinburgh’.
According to Undiscovered Scotland Carnwath ‘is an unusual place with a distinctive and attractive character. The functional and largely undecorated one and two storey buildings lining Main Street combine with a (near) absence of modern shop frontages to give a strong sense of stepping back into another century, and not the one recently departed’.
A local sign lists the main amenities as being the pub, the church, the masonic lodge, the school (many years closed) and the West End cemetery. It is thought that the first inhabitants lived here 2000 years ago. The discovery of the old dwelling near Wester Yardhouses showed people living above ground in the summers and below ground in the ‘Souterrain’ in the harsh winters.
On the day that I passed through, [Read more…]