Glen Etive

25th May 2013 | More information

Jo and I spent two great weeks in the highlands of Scotland, travelling from the airport up through the Trossach mountains to Rannoch Moor, Glen Etive, Glen Coe and then on to the islands of Mull, Iona and Skye before staying with Jo’s parents near the Cromarty Firth. There were few goals along the way, other than to cross our fingers for decent weather, enjoy the magnificent views, and do some walking.

Our journey coincidentally featured a few filming locations for various movies: the first was Glen Etive, to the west of Glen Coe, where a scene from the most recent James Bond thriller Skyfall is set. Bond drives back to the highlands, stops at the head of a glen to see once more the area where he grew up, and M speaks of the death of his parents.

The road side spot was pretty easy to find, as it is un-retouched in the film sequence: even down to the boulders next to the road. Whilst we waited for the the rain to clear, a couple of other cars stopped to take in the view at the same spot, but our patience paid off and I managed to get my shot between rain squalls.