As the sun turns up the temperature we all need access to fresh drinking water, and here in Scotland we have some of the worlds best quality water running freely through our rivers. Heading for a cooling riverside walk is a wonderful escape from the relentless blue skies. Just the sound of running water, and the sight and scent of damp green moss is usually enough to leave my senses feeling refreshed.
Our ancestors knew the value of fresh clean water, and built their homes and settlements close to reliable supplies. With the rising culture of bottled water and piped water supplies in developed countries across the world, this close link with nature has often been lost or forgotten. I was astonished to read that only around 2.5% of all the earths water is fresh, and not all of that is accessible or clean. Once you remove the fresh water tied up in glaciers, snow and ice, and in the soil and rocks, there only 0.01% left in the form of accessible surface water. It really is a precious resource even in water rich countries like Scotland.
These water filled rocky pools at Roslin are a wonderfully refreshing place to explore on a hot day. The stones are worn smooth by the passage of thousands of years of water, which glitters clear and sweet in the sunlight.
This cool shadowy passage cuts through the rocks, and steps have been added long ago leading down to a swirling pool in the River. It feels like a magical place where fortunes and luck might have been sought, where the river gods may have been consulted, and where the sweet waters might have been taken as a cure. Light and sound are reflected and bounced into strange patterns in this shady gorge, confusing the senses.
There are grooves, channels and cups, carved by the water, which invite a second look. These watery rocks seem to refresh not just the senses but the soul and spirit, putting us back into contact with the magic of the earth, and of nature. Resting here we are drawn out of ourselves and into the wider wonders of life pouring freshly through the rocks and soil of our planet. The miracle of fresh water on an orb of cooling rock, spinning through the stars and the unfathomable depths of space.
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The name Roslin is derived from two Gaelic words. Ross meaning rocky outcrop, and linn meaning waterfall or pool. My translation would be rocky pools, based on the geography. There are Neolithic carvings in the caves of this gorge, so we know people have been drawn here to these atmospheric waters for a long time.