Entries about Scotland

  • Blair Castle

    After a twelve year wait, I finally get a decent photograph of Blair Castle, near Pitlochry in Scotland.

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  • Drone photograph of Loch Glascarnoch in summer

    The Lost World of Glascarnoch

    Aerial views of a flooded glen in the wilds of northern Scotland, with low water levels exposing the old road.

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  • Close-up of seaweed on Lunan Bay beach

    Beachin’

    Living in a land-locked, mountainous country can be hard when you love the seaside, beaches, caves and coastal nature. Luckily, Scotland abounds in such things, and we took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Lunan Bay when we visited Angus in July.

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  • The wilds of Scotland

    Even after the many miles of road travel to the populated north of Scotland, the next stage out into the northern Highlands, delineated by the huge Great Glen between Oban and Inverness, is something else entirely. Leaving dual carriageways behind on the Black Isle and heading west, especially during inclement weather, both the roads and the landscape become increasingly […]

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  • Stac Pollaidh

    The pinnacle of the pool river

    Hiking in the wild, remote and dramatic landscape of the north-west of Scotland last autumn.

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  • Scotland at night

    Scotland at night

    Wonderful and unusual drone and time-lapse sequences from the Visit Scotland YouTube channel.

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  • Loch Eriboll

    2020 retrospective – three weeks in the north of Scotland

    Spending three weeks in one of the most beautiful parts of the world this summer.

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  • You can’t protect people against themselves

    Giving up on trying to make sense of the public attitude to the coronavirus.

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  • Loch a'Chroisg, Scotland

    26 megapixels in the northern Highlands of Scotland

    After buying a Fujifilm X-T3 camera, I took it out into the Scottish Highlands between Garve and Torridon to capture the remote landscape.

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  • 2019 in review: up in the air

    2019 was my second year with a drone, and I continued to experiment with the possibilities and travel to places with the specific aim of photographing them from the air.

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  • Ben Wyvis from Alcaig

    Ben Wyvis from Alcaig

  • Cawdor Castle, Scotland

    Photographs of the castle and gardens at Cawdor, near Nairn in Scotland.

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  • Video screenshot - me at Lobhörner in August 2018

    Review of 2018

    It’s been a very difficult year, but the sadness has been diluted a little with some lovely memories along the way. Here’s to a better 2019.

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  • Christmas with an iPhone

    We spent the Christmas and New Year period travelling to Scotland and back by road again.

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  • Loch an Eilein

    Jo took me to visit Loch an Eilein, in the Rothiemurchus estate, during one of my first trips to Scotland way back in 2005. I love pine forests and, in particular, Scots pines, so I was in my element there. The walk around the loch is an easy one, ranging 4-5 miles over pretty unchallenging […]

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  • Fossil hunting on Brora Beach

  • Duke Of Sutherland Monument, Golspie

    George Leveson-Gower, a British Member of Parliament, married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, in 1785. The land they subsequently controlled was amongst the largest estates in Europe. A statue to his memory was erected in 1830 on the summit Beinn a’ Bhragaidh, standing 30 metres tall and overlooking the estate, Dunrobin Castle and the north-eastern coast […]

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  • Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge

    The Commando Memorial stands above Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands, with a commanding view across the former Commando Training Depot to the Nevis range of mountains. The memorial stands for the British Commando units who trained here in the Second World War, and was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952.

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  • The Rottenrow

    Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, or to many Glaswegians “The Rottenrow”, was founded in 1834 and demolished in 2001. The Victorian building had fallen into disrepair by the time of its demolition and was deemed inadequate for modern requirements. A replacement for The Rottenrow was built at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the original building was purchased […]

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  • Hiking Ben Wyvis in Scotland

    Ben Wyvis

    Hiking our first Scottish “Munro”: Ben Wyvis in the district of Ross & Cromarty.

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  • Kilmuir Easter Church, Scotland

    Kilmuir Easter Church

    The only remains of antiquity that stood in this parish, were last year removed.  In the place of Delny, once a principal seat of the Earls of Ross, stood the ruins of a Romish chapel on a pleasant bank surrounded by graves.  This spot has been deserted as a burying place for many years; and […]

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  • Gretna Green, Scotland

    A place of irregular marriages

    The small town of Gretna Green, which lies alongside the M6/A74M on the border between Scotland and England, is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.

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  • Invergordon, Scotland

    Invergordon, a small town on the Cromarty Firth in the north of Scotland, which relies heavily on the local oil industry.

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  • Brora, Scotland

    Brora beach

    A winter visit to the large beach at Brora, in the far north of Scotland.

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  • Croick Estate, Scotland

    A winter drive along a ten-mile single-track road in northern Scotland led to a remote church and a still, wet, beautiful landscape.

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  • Treasure Hunt

    Treasure Hunt

    Kenneth Kendall hosts a British t.v. game show from the 1980s, in which Anneka Rice chases around the Swiss Bernese Oberland in a helicopter.

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  • Travel many roads on many islands

    Travel many roads on many islands

    A lovely video of a journey on the Isle of Skye by StokedEverSince, posted to Vimeo by Calum Creasey.

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  • Danny Macaskill on the Cuillin Ridgeline

    Danny Macaskill on the Cuillin Ridgeline

    “The Ridge” is the brand new film from mountain-biker Danny Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Even if you’re not fussed about […]

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  • Garvault Hotel, Kinbrace

    If you drive up to the far north west of Scotland from Inverness, you’ll probably pass the Garvault Hotel: touted as the most remote hotel in mainland Britain.

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  • My most popular photograph is for sale

    The most popular photo I’ve posted to Flickr is of Loch Garry, off the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

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  • Travel recommendation for the mid-west of Scotland

    I am often asked for ideas what to see and where to visit in Scotland. This route takes in many of my favourite spots in the west and centre of the country and is great for first-time visitors.

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  • Review of 2013

    With surprising alacrity, it’s time to flick back through my digital album as we approach the end of 2013, and the end of another year behind the camera. Here are a few highlights; a larger set is on Flickr. My favourite memory of 2013, embodied in the lead photo of this blog post (above) is […]

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  • John o’Groats

    The small but widely scattered collection of buildings at John o’Groats has one claim to fame: it’s at the northern end of the longest distance between two inhabited places on mainland Britain. There’s not much there: a few houses, some new holiday homes, a couple of shops, a hotel and car park, and a shed next […]

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  • To Applecross via the Pass of the Cattle

    To Applecross via the Pass of the Cattle

    The winding and bumpy single-track mountain road leading to the hamlet of Applecross, on Scotland’s west coast, is quite a thrill.

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  • The Old Man of Storr

    The older I get, the more I enjoy walking, so holidays and time off are increasingly filled with plans for hiking and getting out into the fresh air. I made plans for a first serious walk in the UK to celebrate my fortieth birthday last year in the Lake District, when I went as far […]

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  • On the western edge

    As part of our travels in Britain – in particular since Jo’s parents moved to the northern part of Scotland – I’ve wanted to visit the far extremes of the islands. I’ve decided to make do with the mainland destinations first, as they’re within comparatively easy reach. Jo and I made it to the end […]

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  • Against the wobble

    Against the wobble

    Jo commented that the video I shot under windy conditions on Iona was remarkably steady. I did my best to hold the camera as steady as I could whilst filming, but the wind got the better of me and so the original film sequence is quite wobbly. The final version on YouTube, linked in this […]

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  • Iona: a new favourite place

    When we first began planning a visit to the Isle of Mull, off Scotland’s west coast, we decided to stay in the tiny port of Fionnphort. We chose the Seaview bed and breakfast primarily because we’d planned to visit the island of Staffa, travelling by boat from Fionnphort to see Fingal’s Cave, but also because its […]

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  • Fyrish Monument

    Looming over Evanton on the Cromarty Firth is Cnoc Fyrish (Fyrish Hill), topped by the strange construction of 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.

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  • More than just wooden stumps

    If you’re heading along the A9 across the Cromarty Bridge in Scotland when the tide is out, you’ll see a number of blackened stumps sticking out of the mud of the estuary just next to the Ardullie roundabout for Dingwall. There is more of a history to them than you might think: they aren’t just random […]

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