Visiting the Past

March 13, 2010

My mum and her sister my Aunt Annie were from the small village of North Tolsta on the Isle of Lewis and at some point I think in the late 50s were working on the Maid of the Loch which at that time would take passengers from Balloch to Tarbet at the head of Loch Lomond.

I have some old photos from those days and figured that the only time they could be taken would be while the boat was tied up in Tarbet because that would be the longest break the crew would get.  So today when on my way to Dunoon I took the long way around and looked for where these photos might have been taken.

Here is Aunt Annie with an unknown cheerful looking bloke on Tarbet pier, the pier isn’t the same but I lined up the hills (Ben Lomond) and got as close a match as possible.

Then on the main road in Tarbet (there really isn’t much more than one road) I managed to match up this photo with my mum on the left and I think her brother Hugh on the right.

These photos are fairly small so not much detail, but here is the best I can get of the faces…