Photo album Road Trip 2010

Keswick, Cumbria

Off to the Lake District next week for a few days. I’m not expecting miracles, but weather like this would be much appreciated.

View larger

Colour me impressed

OK, OK, I know: I’m a city boy at heart. But I defy anyone to be less than impressed when rounding a corner on a lonely road in the Scottish Highlands at dusk to be confronted with a hillside covered in red deer does and stags.

View larger

My lovely co-pilot

I’ve just realized, in shaking my head at how far behind I am on adding photos from the past two years, that I have only posted around half of the shots from our summer road trip in 2010! Here’s Jo at her all-time favourite beach: Oldshoremore, on the far north west coast of Scotland.

View larger

Cnoc Fyrish, Alness, Scotland

Looming over Evanton on the Cromarty Firth is Cnoc Fyrish and the strange construction on its summit is the Fyrish Monument. The construction was the brainchild of Sir Hector Munro of Novar, who had it built in 1792 to provide work for the unemployed during the time of the Highland Clearances.

View larger

Balchrick, Scotland

The end of the road in the far north west of Scotland: permanenttourist.ch/blog/2011/02/balchrick-scotland/

View larger

Oldshoremore, Scotland

Long exposure with a tripod (rapidly sinking into the sand) as well as grey grad and two stop ND filters. More information about the location at Permanent Tourist.

View larger

Oldshoremore, Scotland

Long exposure with a tripod (rapidly sinking into the sand) as well as grey grad and two stop ND filters. More information about the location at Permanent Tourist.

View larger

Stoer Point Lighthouse, Scotland

Twelve miles north of Lochinver over a single track road, we arrived at Stoer Point Lighthouse, where an unexpected number of foreign cars and complete lack of any other people surprised us somewhat. The rather short lighthouse was built in this extremely remote spot in 1870 and was automated in 1978. Since then, astoundingly, it […]

View larger

Stoer, Scotland

A little house by the beach in a very quiet corner of Scotland may look idyllic, but I bet it’s a different story altogether when the temperature drops, the wind picks up, and the winter storms arrive from the arctic and from the north Atlantic.

View larger

Stoer, Scotland

Yes, Scotland. The white sand beaches, rocky coastline and remote hamlets were what I’d travelled so far to see and this was the first of a series of stopping-off points along the remote coastline north of Lochinver. Despite the wind and the long, single-track road, the beach was pretty busy with walkers and surfers, taking […]

View larger

Lochinver, Scotland

After driving for quite some time on single track roads across expansive moorland, arriving in Lochinver was quite a change. Although small and picturesque, is seemed really busy after the isolation of the surrounding countryside. The thing I remember most about this place was the terrifically strong wind blowing in off the sea, which followed […]

View larger

Ardvreck Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

A shot which took a little patience to achieve; waiting for around quarter of an hour until the solitary patches of sunlight passed across the loch to strike the castle. Just out of shot to the right: Archie running back and forth and enjoying the wind whipping across the water.

View larger

Ledmore, Scotland

Read about this leg of our journey to the north western corner of Scotland on my website.

View larger

Loch Awe, Scotland

Heading towards the north western coast of Scotland, the landscape quickly becomes devoid of anything except a single road and a single line of wooden telegraph poles leading between the solitary farms. However, there are occasional parking places – no doubt due to the number of tourists who travel through the area – and we […]

View larger

Kyle of Sutherland from Wester Fearn

I’m always driven to visit unusual or notable places and so when Jo and I arrived in Scotland on our road trip this summer, one of the places I wanted to take a day trip to was the far north western coastline. Despite unpromising weather at the outset, we set out from Alness, on the […]

View larger

MS Oriana IV, Invergordon

We were lucky enough to be at Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth in Scotland, when this huge cruise liner was preparing to depart. I shot a time lapse sequence over the course of twenty minutes or so, as the dock hands freed the ship and it headed out along the firth to the North Sea.

View larger

Whisky Water, Cairngorm

I love the water in the Scottish highlands. It looks as though the whisky, which is made from this water, comes straight from the ground and into the glass. Eagle-eyed viewers will also notice my new logo embedded into this photo, which has been professionally designed for me and which forms a part of the […]

View larger

Glenmore Forest from Cairngorm

I’m returning to photos from our road trip this summer at last. This shot is less than sharp at full resolution (despite the use of a weighted tripod) due to the sheer power of the wind at this viewing point near the top of the road to the Cairngorm ski lift in Scotland. This was […]

View larger

Royal Scotsman, Aviemore, Scotland

We had the luck of the devil while we were in Scotland; not only did the weather hold sufficiently long enough for me to get good photos every day we were there, but we also had a couple of great chance encounters. The best was at Aviemore, a tourist town in the Cairngorm mountain area, […]

View larger

Loch Garten, Cairngorm, Scotland

A wind strong enough to make the tripod wobble and cause big waves on the surface of the lake, in the middle of the Abernethey Forest in the Cairngorm area of Scotland. We were there to visit the Osprey Centre, which was just as interesting but the birds were too far away to photograph with […]

View larger

Loch Garry, Scotland

The drive up the A9 main road from Perth to the north of Scotland is a great experience, although one which demands much patience as progress can be slow. Despite being the main route between northern and southern Scotland, the main road remains a single carriageway for much of its length. Reaching the Drumochter Pass, […]

View larger

Kirkstone Pass Inn, Cumbria

The lonely inn at the top of the Kirkstone Pass in the English Lake District, with winding road "The Struggle" leading up from Ambleside. Available to buy as a framed or unframed photographic print.

View larger

Derwentwater, Cumbria

The view north over Derwentwater, looking towards Keswick and Skiddaw from the lower slopes of Catbells. Available to buy as a framed or unframed photographic print.

View larger

Borrowdale Hotel, Cumbria

We were blessed when we were in the UK this summer, when rain and wind cleared occasionally to give us perfect landscape photography weather. Here, illuminating the Borrowdale Hotel on the shores of Derwentwater in the Lake District.

View larger

Derwentwater, Cumbria

The white house on the lakeside at Derwentwater is a place I try to return to when I visit the Lake District, as it is perfectly placed for landscape photographic composition. I first saw the house in a photo by my friend Francis Spooner and have been re-visiting since the mid 1990s. This time, Jo […]

View larger

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria

Although we’d been in torrential rain just a quarter of an hour earlier, the rain let up just before we arrived at Castlerigg. After waiting for a few minutes for a small coach party to disperse, I headed to the far side of the field to capture the panorama and sunlight sweeping across the distant […]

View larger

Aira Force, Cumbria

A landscape photography recourse: if the light is crap, head into the woods with a tripod. Here, the impressive Aira Force waterfall across the road from Ullswater.

View larger

Naddle Valley, Cumbria

After a torrentially rainy start to the only whole day we spent in the Lake District during this summer’s road trip, strong winds helped to clear the weather just as we arrived on the hillsides above Keswick to visit the Castlerigg stone circle. While we waited for the tourists to clear too, I shot this […]

View larger

Waterhead Hotel, Cumbria

The hotel at which we arrived after leaving Scotland on our honeymoon, situated opposite the tip of Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. I used to visit the Lake District when I was younger and had usually stayed at the youth hostel, whilst longing to stay at the lovely slate-built hotel next door. This […]

View larger

Ambleside Pier, Cumbria

The main jetty at Waterhead on Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. The pier is just across the road from our favourite hotel, where we spent part of our honeymoon in 2007 and a couple of nights on our recent tour to Scotland and back.

View larger

Room with a view, Lille

After the hotel we’d planned to stay in en route to the Channel lost our reservation and was unable to accommodate us, we diverted to Lille and stayed at the Novotel in the city. We’d never been there before and were pleasantly surprised; a distinctly Parisian feel but with a quiet and less polluted city […]

View larger

Ellange, Luxembourg

Pulling off the motorway for a break after driving across from Germany, we turned into a dusty track and strectched our legs amidst the acres of waving grasses.

View larger

Timelapse: P&O Oriana, Invergordon

We were lucky enough to be at Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth in Scotland when this huge cruise liner was preparing to depart. This time lapse sequence was taken over the course of twenty minutes or so, as the dock hands freed the ship and it headed out along the firth to the North Sea.

View larger

New Forest, Hampshire

This area of southern England was first named as the "New Forest" in the Domesday Book (dated 1086) and appointed as a royal forest by William I some thirteen years later. These days, the area which remains heavily forested is much reduced, with many miles of open heathland resulting from gradual deforestation since the Bronze […]

View larger

New Forest, Hampshire

This area of southern England was first named as the "New Forest" in the Domesday Book (dated 1086) and appointed as a royal forest by William I some thirteen years later. These days, the area which remains heavily forested is much reduced, with many miles of open heathland which have resulted from the gradual deforestation […]

View larger

Spotter’s Chair

Anna scales a spotter’s chair in the woods at Wyken, just to see what an aerial view in Suffolk looks like :-)

View larger