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Monday
Jun172013

24/04/13 Highlands, Islands and Borderlands

Two weeks booked off from work with the aim of walking and driving across Scotland, catching Pave Hawks in the mountains and watching sunrises, sunsets and the stars aloft some of the highest peaks in Scotland. Unfortunately, the initial two weeks ended up just being a 4 day trip with some friends, taking in the Borders, Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Day 1 saw me in the borders near to Talla reservoir.

Talla is remote at the best of times but in gloomy, grey and windy conditions it's nothing short of hostile. The mountains either side of the reservoir tower over the odd farmhouse, single track road and a lone fisherman as I wind my way up the road that connects to St Marys Loch stopping briefly to photograph a small series of waterfalls.

 

 

After picking up a couple of friends from Edinburgh airport it was a whistle stop tour of the Highlands, taking in Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Eilean Donan castle before arriving on Skye. The Isle of Skye is home to my favourite view anywhere in the United Kingdom. Elgol. A tiny village at the end of a 15 mile single track road, surrounded by peaks and powerful ocean waves offering a rugged yet peaceful stretch of coastline that is dominated by the Cuillin mountains. 

Sunset here is nothing short of magical as the sun drops behind the hills, the sky glows colours that you can not imagine. Blue, gold, pink, red, orange all being picked up on the waves on the incoming tide that swirls around famous rocky shore.

 

 

So after 636 miles driving in just one day (a new record for me) it was time to hit the hay. The following day was to be spent around the Fair Pools before heading back to the mainland heading further North before returning to Edinburgh.