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

 Inveraray

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.......



6 comments:

Morag Glunz said...

Beautiful pictures,looks so scenic but ohhh soo cold X

Paulus Africanus said...

Inspiring trip, thanks , Sue.
Does the weather improve later in the Scottish "summer"?

Still drought stricken here all the way from Plett to PE.
Call in when you are next in PE.
Best
Wiz

Naresh said...

Beautiful!

Joyful said...

Fantastic images of a place I will likely never get to visit.

Coral Wild said...

Thanks Morag - it was cold, the whole trip.... the warmest days were in Edinburgh at 11 degrees - but one dresses for it...... at least it didn't rain too much!

Glad you enjoy the pictures Paul. It wasn't as green as I expected, but they had also had quite a dry winter, relatively - I think it's probably looking a lot greener now.

Thanks Naresh!

Well Penny, you live in such a spectacular part of the world it would be difficult to justify visiting Scotland just for the landscapes...

Unknown said...

Loved the view of skies as you travelled through Scotland. I'm hoping to do a trip around Scotland in a couple of years. England and a few days in WALES will do it for me in SEP. I'll hear about my son and his family's Safari at a site closer to Cape Town that they are participating on now. the 9 and 11 year olds are enjoying every minute and Mom's enjoying the photos and some video being sent nightly via WhatsApp. They bring back memories of the trip I took in Kruger and surrounding area a few years back. THANKS again.