Knockdavie Castle, Fife

This may seem a strange entry for a photography competition - after all, there is not a lot left to look at. Yet at Knockdavie Castle in Fife, which barely registers even on OS maps, I was distinctly reminded of Hugh MacDiarmid's words in 'On A raised Beach': "There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but there are no ruined stones." Many of Scotland's castles are now ruinous, yet does that detract from the stories they can tell? If anything ruin is a new stage in their life cycles, with such places often becoming wildlife havens or quarries for locals seeking stones for their paths and gardens. It's this spirit that I feel this picture embodies, which I'm certain resonates with anyone who has ever trudged through fields or got a bit messy to find a pile of old stones.