Photographer's Note

There was a time was when all roads around about Lanark were red, the red granite for their surfaces being sourced at a local quarry near Carmichael, just a few miles from Lanark. I once spoke to a retired 'bus driver who believed that these roads were actually safer and more pleasant to drive at night because the edges of the road were more visible in the light from headlamps: an interesting observation which might well be true.

Unfortunately, as these roads require repair, black asphalt is used so the number of true red roads is now limited to a few minor routes such as this one near Roberton. If you wish, you can take a virtual drive along this road (unfortunately not at night!) if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around. Interestingly, if you "drive" back away from this little bridge, you can see where the road changes from red to the usual grey/black colour.

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