Picnic invite to celebrate Taynuilt love memorial

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Public art sculptor David Wilson has been adding the final touches to Taynuilt’s own memorial to love with the help of a team of stonemasons.

This Sunday, June 24 the community is invited to make their way up to The Shieling to see it for themselves, 1,500ft up Beinn Glas overlooking Glen Etive and to enjoy a celebration picnic.

The memorial was inspired by Taynuilt artist Evelyn MacDonald who died last year.

Before she died, Belfast-born Evelyn and her husband Sam MacDonald from Barguillean had talked about creating a lasting memorial to the Deirdre of the Sorrows love story that captured their hearts, telling the tale of two runaways from Ireland who hid in the glen.

The Shieling project will eventually have a website at thedeirdreshieling.co.uk  for people who visit to leave selfies, thoughts and feelings.

Sunday’s community picnic, from 2pm-5pm, is free and there will be transport for those who need it from the car park at Angus’s Gardens on the Glen Lonan road although it is hoped people able to make the 2km uphill hike will go by foot to make the most of the views.