Saturday, July 31, 2010

River Tay from Kinnoull Hill 31st July 2010

River Tay from Kinnoull Hill, 31st July 2010.

We're lucky in Perth, Scotland to have the walks on Kinnoull Hill so close to the City Centre. The views from the summit are outstanding, yet it takes only fifteen minutes to reach. A network of paths though, allows you to spend as much time as you want, walking in this peaceful woodland.

Enjoyed the views of the River Tay today, 31st July 2010.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Marsco Isle of Skye 27th July 2010

Marsco, Isle of Skye, 27th July 2010.

Some misty views from Sligachan, Isle of Skye, today 27th July 2010. On entering the Hotel for lunch there were no hills to be seen, so at least they appeared after an enjoyable meal!

Compare the river with how it appeared on 4th July 2010 and 5th April 2010.

Glamaig, Isle of Skye, 27th July 2010.

Sgurr nan Gillean, 27th July 2010.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Austin Seven Rally Guildtown 25th July 2010

Austin Seven Rally, Guildtown, 25th July 2010.

Judging day at the Austin Seven Rally in Guildtown, Perthshire, Scotland, on Sunday 25th July 2010. I reckon everyone should get a prize for these well turned out classic cars! A very successful weekend thanks to all these enthusiasts!

Austin 7 Rally, July 2010.

Austin 7 Rally, Guildtown, 2010.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Austin Seven Rally Guildtown Scotland 23rd July 2010

Austin Seven Rally, Guildtown, Scotland, 23rd July 2010.

A fantastic sunny evening in Guildtown, Perthshire, Scotland for the start of the Austin 7 Rally over the weekend. These cars have got to be seen to be believed. If you're in the Perthshire area, get along to this amazing show of craftsmanship and dedication!

Austin 7 Rally, Guildtown, Scotland.

Austin Seven Rally, Guildtown, Perthshire.

Austin 7 Rally, 23rd July 2010.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Go for a walk in the Cairngorms

Go for a walk in the Cairngorms.

Photographs taken in Summer 2009 of a fantastic walk in the Cairngorms National Park around Loch Avon. The Cairngorms offer a great variety of walks from woodland strolls to strenuous munro bagging!

For self catering accommodation in Aviemore, check out Creag Mhor cottage!

Loch Avon, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.

Walking in the Cairngorms.

Loch Avon, Cairngorms, Scotland.

Cairngorms National Park.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summit Cairn Ben Challum 20th July 2010

Summit Cairn, Ben Challum, 20th July 2010.

Having endured the rain and mist on our walk up Ben Challum on 20th July 2010, it was great to bask in the sunshine at the summit cairn. The views changed every minute with fantastic swirling clouds hugging the many munros in view.

Photos by Eve Henderson.

Clouds from Ben Challum.

Ben Challum South Top.

Creag Mhor from Ben Challum.

Clouds over Ben Challum.

Walk Ben Challum Crianlarich Scotland

Walk Ben Challum, Crianlarich, Scotland.

Enjoyed a walk with my wife and daughter on Ben Challum near Crianlarich, Scotland on Tuesday 20th July 2010. We started at Kirkton Farm near Crianlarich, where the West Highland Way passes on the way to Tyndrum. The walk is a steady rise over the grassy slopes with a number of boggy areas, to the south top of Ben Challum, before a short descent and ascent to the summit itself.

I enjoyed the profusion of wild flowers and fungi, particularly now that the Scottish bluebell is in bloom. The views on a clear day are outstanding and we were lucky enough for the sky to clear at the top, showing us to be above some of the clouds! The Crianlarich hills and Ben Lui munros kept a skirt of cloud all day whilst the local corbetts and grahams were clear. There's something to be said for walking these lower hills when there's cloud about!

Summit Ben Challum looking to South Top.

Clouds over the Crianlarich hills.

Descending Ben Challum.

Ben More and Stob Binnein from Ben Challum.

Beinn Chuirn and Cononish Glen.

Beinn Dorain, Scotland, 20th July 2010.

Distant Ben Lui from Ben Challum.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heather in the Scottish Borders 18th July 2010

Heather in the Scottish Borders, 18th July 2010.

It was nice to see the young heather plants growing through the burnt remains of the old heather on our walk today in the Scottish Borders. Many other wild flowers were on show along with one of my favourite plants the cloudberry. The berries weren't quite ready yet, but we did enjoy some wild cherries at the end of our walk!

We climbed four of the Manor Hills, Middle Hill, Dollar Law, Pykestone Hill and Drumelzier Law for a round of approximately 16km in four and a half hours. The day started brightly in glorious sunshine, but unfortunately this didn't last and the views deteriorated in the mist. Part of the walk included the Thieves Road, which I believe got it's name from the number of robbers who stole the cattle from Drovers many years ago. It certainly helped us make better progress than walking through the heather!

View to Dollar Law.

Cloudberries on Dollar Law.

Signpost on the Thieves Road, Scottish Borders.

The Thieves Road to Pykestone Hill.

View from Drumelzier Hill.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wild Fungi Perthshire Scotland Field Mushrooms

Wild Fungi, Perthshire, Scotland, Field Mushrooms.

Had a nice evening woodland walk tonight, 15th July 2010, picking some chanterelles for breakfast. On my return, crossing the football pitch I was amazed to find a flush of field mushrooms growing all over the pitch! I've played football there for the last 25 years and this is the first year I've seen these growing.

On reflection, I should have laid them out in a four, four two formation!

Field Mushrooms, Perthshire, 15th July 2010.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wild Flowers in Scotland Lupin

Wild Flowers in Scotland, Lupin.

Relatively unusual to see white lupins on a walk in Scotland, but the lupin is one of my favourite wild flowers. These grow alongside Loch Ossian in the centre of Scotland. It is relatively remote, but the train passes nearby and it makes for a wonderful walk around the Loch amongst a myriad of flora and fauna.

White Lupin by Loch Ossian.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spey Dam Scotland 2nd November 2009

Spey Dam, Scotland, 2nd November 2009.

Took this short video whilst heading off to climb the munro of Geal Charn in Glen Markie. On reviewing the video I was struck by the mesmerising effect of the water flowing over the dam.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wild Fungi in Perthshire Chanterelle

Wild Fungi in Perthshire, Chanterelle, 12th July 2010.

The chanterelle are a bit later this year in Perthshire due to the dry period in June. Some of the patches that I'd normally be collecting from haven't appeared at all. The chanterelle is one of the easiest wild fungi to identify, although the false chanterelle does appear later in the Autumn. I enjoyed a nice evening walk tonight, 12th July 2010, and collecting a few chanterelles for my supper was the icing on the cake!

Chanterelles from Perthshire, Scotland.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Walking into Coir a' Ghrunnda Skye Cuillin

Walking into Coir a' Ghrunnda, Skye Cuillin.

There is nothing that gives me a bigger thrill in the mountains of Scotland than walking into the magnificent Coir a' Ghrunnda in the Skye Cuillin. As we walked through the mist this week, the familiar feelings of uncertainty pervade the mind. This mystical place has to be visited on a misty day to appreciate our own insignificance.

The Lochan allows one to have a firm point of reference for navigation but it's not the first time I've almost stepped in the Lochan without knowing it is there! Eerie and silent, it truly is different to any other walking in Scotland or the UK.

In spite of the harsh conditions and solid rock, there are a number of wild flowers growing through, my personal favourite being roseroot.

Ascending Coir a' Ghrunnda, Isle of Skye.

Loch Coir a' Ghrunnda, Skye Cuillin.

Roseroot growing in the Skye Cuillin.

Walk Arnaval Skye Scotland

Walk Arnaval, Skye, Scotland.

Another wee walk on the Isle of Skye, Arnaval provides views down to the wonderful Talisker Bay to the West, and Loch Harport to the North. A short but bracing walk on 7th July 2010 saw waterfalls being blown skywards.

Talisker Bay from Arnaval, Skye.

Talisker Bay, Skye, Scotland.

Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye, Scotland.