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Highlands Trip

I almost gave up making this blog as a few pictures have vanished from it in-between saves. It is in a reasonably viewable state just now but I will be adding a lot to it either today or after we get back from Estonia/Latvia next monday.

Unda and I like to visit the Isle of Skye at least once a year. This blog is about our first trip to Skye this year but hopefully not our last. Our main objective was to get some good photos of the Quiraing and the 'old man of Storr' but any excuse would do.

The old railway at Glen Ogle, just north of Lochearnhead. Its now a popular cycle/walkway. There are a lot of landslides in this glen with some large boulderfields scattered about on the slopes

Looking back down Glen Ogle to Ben Vorlich.

This is the view from a rough excuse for a parking spot on Rannoch Moor, looking over Lochan nah-Achlaise towards the Black Mount. We have seen pictures in books and postcards that must have been taken for down at the edge of the lochan so we decided to get some of our own. The walk from the road isnt very long, about 3 or 4 hundred metres but its over rough boggy terrain. Lucky for us its been dry, windy and warm for a couple of days so no big problems this time.

Unda trying for a better angle at Lochan nah-Achlaise, Rannoch Moor. As you can see she came prepared with welly boots.

Determined to get a different angle from everyone else. I like my angle here.

Its a nice view, one of my favourites, Im sure I will be back before long to try and get even better shots.

A Lizard we found beside the Lochan. Undas sharp eyes spotted it first but instead of screaming and running off which is her usual response to a lizard, she grabbed her camera and started to grab some photos of it.

some pictures dont really need words

a tiny frog

Blackrock cottage with Buachaille etive mor in the background. One of my favourite locations.

3D view: same place, different angle and in 3D

A wheatear pretending he isnt interested in us

we noticed a small herd of red deer watching us. The allowed Unda to get quite close but she had difficulty focusing on them

She should have used her HS10. Only joking, Unda is a bit shorter than me and couldnt get a good look

Buachaille Etive Mor with Lagangarbh Cottage, another of our favourite locations.

3D view: A ricketty old bridge over a burn near the cottage

another shot of Buachaille etive mor

3D view: A nice old bridge

3D view:

A pretty waterfall at the pass of Glencoe, as Unda mentioned before in her own blog it doesnt seem to have a name but there is a good parking spot right next to it and a viewpoint for photographers.

its hard to fit the 3 sisters of Glencoe into one picture

so I did it with two this time

other side of the glen

The Commando war memorial near Spean Bridge with a nice view of the big lump that is Ben Nevis and Aonoch Mor

Loch Gary from the roadside viewpoint

a few miles up the road there is a viewpoint with lots of little cairns which seem to be increasing. Most likely made by travellers with more time on their hands.

The sun is getting low so we have to hurry on towards Eilean Donan and try to catch it before it sets.

Eilean Donan Castle at sunset.

3D view:

Sunrise at the Quiraing, we slept there in our car to make sure we never missed the sunrise.

It wasnt as spectacular as we hoped but it was nice anyway

The views at the Quiraing are some of the best scotland has to offer, my photographs dont really do them justice

A nice view of the wee road that winds through the Quiraing

Its hard to pick favourite views at this place, they are all amazing

3D view: Especially in 3D if you have the red/blue 3D specs

This buzzard was sitting right by the side of the road somewhere between the Quiraing and Kilt rock. Unda was driving so never got a chance of a shot before he flew off.

A curious wheatear, she refused to be bothered by our presence and hung around near the car park at Kilt Rock

View south from the Kilt Rock viewpoint

View north from the Kilt Rock viewpoint

To get up to the 'old man' you follow a steep path through the forest from the car park.

there are a couple of breaks in the forest that give tantalising glimpses of the Storr but from here the Old Man blends into the cliffs behind it.

The end of the forest is in sight at last

Not far to go now, its still hard to spot the Old Man

Still not obvious where it is

aha, that looks more like it. There is a lot of loose rock on these cliffs and outcrops so its a bit scary

a profile shot of the 'old man'. There is a little person just to the right of it for a sense of scale

Unda admiring the view towards the Cuillins

3D view: nicer in 3D

another 3D view:

and another 3D view, the other way:

from the other side

its interesting to see how different it is from other angles because of all the outher pinnacles and outcrops

If you are going to come here get up early as the hill gets mobbed by tourists after about 9AM

Another unnamed waterfall, this one comes with a nice view of the Storr. A couple of years ago, on a very wet and windy day I slipped and fell into the burn when jumping over it below the waterfall.

some kind of Pipit hanging about at the broch

Dun Beag Broch

3D view: inside the broch in glorious 3D

in normal 'D'

3D view: another 3D shot, sorry but I like them

the Black Cuillins

Red Cuillins at Sligachan

nice view from Sligachan

cuillins view from Sligachan

Sligachan hotel

another nameless waterfall. This one has some nice big dragonflys in the summer

Eilean Donan castle, the tide is in but sadly there is a bit of windmaking the sea choppy so no beautiful reflection shots today

but there is some 'interesting' foreground clutter

Another view of Eilean Donan castle. This side is more sheltered from the wind but still not a great reflection. Maybe next time.

3D view: A gratuitous 3D of those mysterious cairns on the way home.

a normal view

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Date Sat, 04/06/2011 - 20:40

i think you have mixed up the pictures and the buzzard was on roadside between kilt rock and old man! and i wonder why i didnt get the shot... or actually i wonder how did you get the shot of it? Laughing out loud

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 08:41

Goodness, there are some beautiful sights to be seen.  I must make the effort and travel north one of these days, further than Edinburgh!

There are some incredible shots there Andy.  The sunset loch is lovely. The Wheatear seems to be a bird quite prolific in that neck of the woods?  It's a bird I have never seen. 

Sleeping in the car has given your shots a wonderful feeling of silent re-birth, arty, but true.  How cold was that!

It seems to be a magnificent area, will look forward to more.

Jen xx

I wish I was a Glow Worm, a Glow Worm's never glum, 'cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 09:12

Wow some fantasic shots stunning scenery, and great narrative, will revisit this again to see the updated version

Well done Andy


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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 13:14

Thanks for the comments.  Jen, you are right about the wheatears being all over the place in the highlands.  We only remember seeing them around Glen Lyon last year but have seen them wherever we go this spring.

So long and thanks for all the fish

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 13:20

A stunner from you again Andy, lots and lots of shots, great all of them.  What a smashing advert for anyone wishing to investigate this part of the country.

Thanks for that.  A real cracker.

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 18:01

Nice one Andy. stunning views. Have you managed to straighten out after sleeping in the car? Mike

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 20:16

Reminds me why I moved to scotland in the first place, some wonderful photo's there(not sure about the 3d one's though!).

Can't wait to get a new car so I can go back up north again. "Eilean Donan Castle at sunset." is a personal fave!.

Thanks for sharing your trip



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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 20:31

A great blog Andy and full of great shots,it's hard to pick one out as a favorite,so I'm not going to try,we will be going to Loch Tummel in September for a few days and I hope I can get pictures half as good as these Smile



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Date Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:15

Great stuff Andy, this blog has the lot! Fantastic scenery and some lovely wildlife images as well - really like the shot of the Wheatear on the post.

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Date Mon, 06/06/2011 - 19:43

Terrific blog Andy, with some stunning images.....can't pick a faourite out of this lot, and I've been over it twice!!  Need a lie down and a cup of tea



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Date Mon, 06/06/2011 - 21:57

My favourites are the one of Unda with the ripples and reflections, and the first wheatear shot.    I skip the 3d ones quickly as they make my eyes go funny.  I always look forward to a new blog from you and from Unda.  Always excellent.   Your landscape shots seem a little darker than Unda's on this occasion?

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Date Tue, 07/06/2011 - 14:15

Amazing pictures and trip!

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Date Tue, 07/06/2011 - 16:35

Outstanding Andy, so many fantastic shots and views here it's hard to chose a favourite.

I definitely need to get a visit planned, looks like my sort of country!!

Fantastic, well done


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Date Wed, 08/06/2011 - 15:00

Great blog Andy, stunning photo's, amazing views, lovely country. The one's of Elean Donan Castle and the "old man" are my favorites, might have to buy some glasses to view 3D one's.


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Date Fri, 10/06/2011 - 13:05

Some great shots Smile


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Date Tue, 21/06/2011 - 16:09

Nice one Andy, I know these parts of Scotland well and have climbed in these areas...You have captured the usual suspects, but from a completely different viewpoint, which in my opinion has made the viewing of them better...Great shots, especially of the Wheatear...Thanks for sharing.

Bob Cairns

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Date Sun, 07/08/2011 - 18:54

Absolutely breathtaking Andy. I love Scotland and have been to one or two other those places but still so much to get out there and see. Really enjoyed viewing all the wonderful pics. Thanks.


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Date Sat, 08/10/2011 - 17:18

just one word stupendous !!!!

every day is a new beginning enjoy and the world smiles with you - cry and you cry alone :-) 


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Date Sun, 30/10/2011 - 09:18

Thought I'd commented on this blog before! (Still, I'm blonde and elderly so who knows) Thanks for your comments on my Kingfisher which of course led me here.

My husband is Scottish from Forres in Morayshire, we lived in both Glasgow and Aberdeen and I have to say these images made me feel a little homesick. I love Scotland,we used to spend every opportunity out and about taking in the fantastic scenery. Thanks so much for posting this blog - anymore in the pipeline?

Re the Rugby - it's not really my thing, but I've been here 6 years now so I guess I have to support NZ and yes it was a good final. Take care. Chris

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Date Wed, 06/03/2013 - 18:08

Thanks Andy for the Tour of Scotland.Your blog is great. I have been to all those places in your blog. I think Scotland is great. My photo's where taken along the Road from Breamar to Inveray. I know what you are talking about. I have taken photographs at the Lin of Dee with my Pentax E90. a couple of years age. Do you think I should put them on my blog.  Thanks you for your comment on my blog "Deer Grazing by the River Dee" Alan


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Date Sun, 10/03/2013 - 09:26

A verid and versatile blog well worth the effort, and it is these days Andy, a lot of effort at times. I really like what you both do and a great part of this country to live in, the views are breath taking and I can not think of a nicer place to be, a splendid set of photo's enjoyed it, and your other site photo's, like from me regards Leon.

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