So first shots that i shall post taken with the new drone. We were out for the day at Clachtol and Stoer, for a bit of sight seeing and visiting family. In the morning we went to investigate the meteor ejector. I shall let this article provide the details: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-37360696
A week at the end of September working in the Outer Hebrides. Blue skies coinciding with the mandatory visit to Callanish.
A weekend in Knoydart with 7 friends...
We left on the Friday morning, having booked the "fast boat" out to Inverie, for the 7 mile sea crossing over Loch Nevis from Mallaig. It was a great alternative start to the weekend, as not only did it get us there considerably quicker that the scheduled ferry service. It also allowed for some wildlife watching with Minky Whales and Porpoise visible along with a host of sea birds. Little know to me it was the very close encounter on the return ferry that provided the best whale watching with the boat having to stop to allow one to pass in front of us safely maybe 10m meters from the boat.
The early arrival on Knoydart meant we had time to climb Sgurr Coire Choinnichean, its one of the smaller Corbetts, but given that it sits with feet in salt water, you will have to climb every inch of it. Sgurr Coire Choinnichean is the most westerly top on a long steep sided ridge forming the N side of Gleann an Dubh-Lochain. It was great that all 8 of us made it to the top as on a previous visit in 2015 only 2 out of the 5 folk did.
Looking down on Loch Nevis and Inverie
Following the excursion up the hill which took roughly 4 hours we visited the Old Forge Inn, which even though its fallen from its glory days as the centre of the village it still serves a refreshing cold pint. (the pub is no longer frequented by the locals due to various issues with the land lord) Followed by an evening of Wisky in the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse.
Saturday we took a landrover tour with the local ranger Amy who shared some of the history and ecology of the area along with the visions of the Foundations future following the land buyout.
Looking back to Inverie with the Corbett above the village on the left.
Airor is a hamlet in the peninsula of Knoydart, Lochaber, Highland, on the west coast of Scotland.
It is situated on the north-west coast of Knoydart, and consists of a few houses clustered round Airor Bay, as well as several pre-clearance ruins. The settlement overlooks the Sound of Sleat and the Isle of Skye.
The ponies used by the estate during deer stalking.
Sunday was spent with a walk up the river.
The BIG house.
Looking east atop of the small hill, Torr a Bhalbhain, the memorial erected by the 2nd Lord Brocket, the despised landowner who purchased Knoydart in the 1930s
The pictures depict the creations in wood of a Scottish self-taught artist who became a beloved sculptor: Frank Bruce (1931-2009).
Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, an extraordinary series of sculptures by Frank Bruce on Scottish culture, and our relationship with others.
There's some more photos of other sculptures in the gallery.
The Fairy Glen, Uig, a weird shrunken landscape in green.
The Trotternish Ridge from the East.
Staffin, no sign of any dinosaur footprints, but some impressive wave.
Back again to the cottage, no change since last April, its almost identical weather we had at the start of the trip last year. Mixed snow showers and strong cold northerlies. We have had a few breaks in the cloud with the view to the summits showing, but mostly its been cosying up in front of the fire. No bad thing really.
Gone back a bit further picking out my favourite shots, here is my selection from Scotland going back over the years.
Had some time on my hands so I have been reviewing my photos from last year or so. Here are my favourites from what seems like a rather limited snapshot of the year. The majority where taken during two trips to Skye and a day in Glen Affric around November.
Elgol Sunset looking to Rum i think.
Elgol Coast and view to the Cuillins
Caledonian Pine in Glen Affric
View to Loch Affric
Loch Ness on a misty morning near Fort Augustus
South Uist on a frosty morning.
Blaven, Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Sunset form Elgol, long exposure trying to catch the waves crashing off the rocks.
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