Friday, April 21

Road tripping thru the Scottish Highlands (1)

Day 1 - Dumbarton to Oban

Loch Lomond

The day started foggy and cold, but by lunchtime we had sunshine and glorious views over the loch....

Balloch Castle, southern end of Loch Lomond
A quiet lunchtime at Luss
Looking north near Inveruglas


Working our way west the skies clouded over again but despite the less than ideal photographic conditions we briefly stopped for pictures at Inveraray on Loch Fyne

Near Kilmartin, Mid Argyll

On the west coast of Mid Argyll there are many sites of ancients cairns and standing stones. A stop at Temple Wood was also a great opportunity to get some pictures of sheep and newly born lambs!


Day 2 - Oban to Fort William via Isle of Mull

We took 3 separate ferries to complete our journey on this day , but there was no doubt that the first, Oban to Craignure was the most spectacular.....
Isle of Mull
Lighthouse at Eilean Musdile, and a view up Loch Linnhe on the left

On Mull itself we went searching for Sea Eagles (White-tailed Eagle) and were really lucky to have a clear but distant sighting. Otherwise the day was mostly wet which meant a dearth of good photographic opportunities.

However, the rain showers paused for long enough whilst we lunched and explored Tobermory to get some classic pictures.
Tobermory - the colouful "capital" of Mull
Tobermory's anchorage

Day 3 - Fort William to Nostie (Kyle of Lochalsh)

This was a day of Lochs and Glens. We travelled north from Fort William, past Neptune's Staircase and up The Great Glen, turned west at Invergarry, over Beinneun Forest and carried on west along Glen Shiel, until we hit the sea lochs again.....
Laggan, Loch Lochy
Loch Loyne
Loch Cluanie

Upper Loch Duich and the Five Sisters

 Kyle of Loch Alsh area

Eilean Donan Castle - mid-afternoon
Eilean Donan Castle - after sunset
After checking into our B&B in the hamlet of Nostie, we went over the hill (Auchtertyre) to have dinner in the village of Plocton. Both the dinner at the Plocton Hotel and the evening sun lighting the views were amazing. Well worth the extra drive after a long day on the road.......

Friday, April 14

On foot in Edinburgh

As most of my forbears of the last century or two have come from Scotland,  I have always yearned to see more of this part of the world.

2017 was the year I made it happen!

Edinburgh was my first port of call on a 5 week trip to explore Scotland (specifically Edinburgh, some of the Borders and the Highlands), and to visit family and friends in both Scotland and England.

I'll be posting photographs from my trip in several posts over the next few weeks.  Enjoy!!

Views from my hotel room window.......

The Balmoral Hotel seen from my window one evening

A spectacular sunrise on my last morning
I spent most of every day on foot, walking and exploring old Edinburgh, New Town, climbing Arthurs Seat and Calton Hill, and walking several kilometres along the Water of Leith.

Spring in Edinburgh.......

Scottish National Gallery with Edinburgh Castle behind

Views from up high.......

Arthurs Seat, as seen from Calton Hill
On Calton Hill
The Castle and Princes St., from Calton Hill

Walking down Royal Mile, Old Town Edinburgh.......

Tea & cake in Clorindas Tearoom
 Some glorious interiors........

St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral
St Giles Cathedral

Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Great Hall

Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Great Hall

Scottish National Gallery
On foot along the Water of Leith.....

and finally, a couple of monochromes.....
New Town, Edinburgh

The Scott Monument