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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor January 18th 2020

Sadly it was our last day in Rannoch Moor and most of the group were heading off early to get to Glasgow Airport in time for all their various flights. I had a bit more flexibility as I was in my car, so I decided that I would start early again and head back to Kilchurn Castle, which is, apparently, a great location for the sunrise and, according to the forecasts, there was actually a strong possibility of there being a sunrise. There wasn't. As I was driving there, across the moor, it was snowing really quite heavily. I got to the castle and was disappointed. Additionally, it also meant that I missed my last opportunity for a full English breakfast. All was not lost however. I needed to go all the way back to the ... read more
Rannoch Moor
Glencoe

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor January 17th 2020

What a difference a day makes. After three days of rain, rain, snow and more rain, some sky had actually replaced the ever present white sheet. That said, there was still a lot of rain, but the weather was literally changing by the minute. Rain, followed by some light breaking through a gap in the clouds, followed by some snow, followed by some more rain, followed by some full blown sunshine and than back to rain again. We stopped in Loch Ba again for the sunrise. There sunrise was not worth it, but there was a short moment when the light fell on the mountains in the opposite direction to the supposed sunrise, which made some good photographs. Some of us caught it, some of us did not sadly. Fortunately, I did. Not back in time ... read more
Scones and Tea
River Etrive
Tame Deer

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor January 16th 2020

It was another early start, but again a non sunrise. This time we were heading south of Rannoch Moor to Kilchurn Castle, on the shore of Loch Awe. We all got soaking wet, as did our cameras, however there was a short gap in the rain for some half decent photographs. For a few short minutes, the wind even died down enough for the castle to be reflected in the lake. It was back to The Green Welly Stop again for breakfast. I had a look around the gift shop, including the whiskeys, which it would be rude to not at least consider buying whilst up here. Apparently, price wise, we are better off getting it from our local supermarket in England. I don’t think my local Sainsbury’s has the whiskeys costing £6,950 a bottle though. ... read more
Castle Stalker
Smoked Salmon
Scotch Whisky

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor January 15th 2020

It was another early start and another non sunrise. Not only that, but it was pouring with rain. Today was going to be a complete wash-out. It was also almost impossible to take any photographs as the moment you took your lens-cap off, the lens was covered in water-droplets. We got back to the hotel, just in time for the end of breakfast today. We tried a few different locations for some photos, including Loch Etive, where there were some stark looking trees growing out of the lake, so it was not a complete loss. What was also nice was that, as we were passing through Glen Etive, we saw some highland deer, which were unbelievably tame and were more than happy to stand there whist 12 photographers got completely carried away taking pictures of them. ... read more
Tame Stag
Stag Selfie
Lock Etive

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor January 14th 2020

We were all up and ready an hour before sunrise, however that wasn’t too antisocial as the sunrise is not until 8.45am in Scotland at this time of year. That said, like yesterday, there was no sunrise as the sky was completely covered by flat, white clouds. Not ideal for photography. We went to a location in Loch Ba for the non sunrise and stayed there for about an hour to take some photographs anyway. The rain had turned to snow overnight, which bought some beauty to the scenery, despite the washed-out sky. They don’t seem to take any chances on this road, we saw numerous snow-ploughs passing throughout the day. In fact one passed us as we were getting out of our minibus, and completely covered most of us in ice and snow. We’re sure ... read more
Rannoch Moor View
Coupall Falls

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor February 24th 2016

You can't beat winter in Scotland on a rare but amazing sunny day... Just thought i'd upload some photos of a recent trip to Glencoe ski resort. Great fresh powder down to the base and a lovely drive to and from Edinburgh. For anyone visiting Scotland I can recommend the drive past Rannoch Moor up to Glencoe, and then if you've time (and you should if you're on holiday) keep on going North as far as you can! For those skiing or snowboarding in Scotland, Glencoe is one of the best places. When conditions are good you can get close to 2500ft of vertical (800m) skiable in one long run. The resort used to be more for intermediate and advanced, having excellent steep terrain especially on the East flank of the mountain (Flypaper, East Ridge, Spring ... read more
Close up mountain with snow line at 500m
View from the Access chairlift, fresh tracks
View down to carpark from Creag Dubh (black route)




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