Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Loch Sunart moorings


and later moored at the head of Loch Sunart.

Glen Masson

Also spotted moored at the head of Loch Sunart although not at the same time, was Glen Masson of Majestic Cruise Line, a more regular visitor to the Loch.


even some of the biggest charter/cruise boats/yachts were heading in like the steel hulled ketch 'Yacht Corryvreckan'

At 64 feet, this yacht takes 10 passengers in 5 cabins and has been known to sail the Atlantic so there is no doubt that it must be wild weather out in the Sound of Mull

Yacht Corryvreckan

I saw more yachts from one viewpoint in Loch Sunart than I've ever seen before.

It is rather blustery and there is a forecast of heavy rain with thunder so I'm not surprised that they were heading in for shelter.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Lack of photographs

The last few days have not been good for taking photographs.

The weather has been rather 'damp' to say the least and there has not been too much happening locally that could be photographed in poor visibility.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Inverewe Gardens

Inverewe Gardens
I've just been looking at the pictures of Inverewe, I can't believe it was almost 5 years ago that we last visited.

Time for another visit I think?

Monday, 20 July 2009

Water lilies

Water lilies
-a picture from the archives dated 2004 with no GPS position and I can't actually recall where I took the photo.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

North Esk bridges

North Esk bridges
this 7-arch road bridge (to the front) was completed around 1775 and carries the main east coast road.

The railway viaduct (to the back)has 11 spans and was closed to rail traffic in 1966. It now carries a foot and cycle path.

Craigellachie bridge

Craigellachie bridge
spanning the River Spey in Moray.

This bridge is a spectacular site. It was designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1915 making it the oldest cast iron bridge surviving in Scotland today.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Courgette flower

these courgette flowers, although short-lived, always amaze me with their colour.

This flower acted as a cup to collect the raindrops from a sudden torrential downpour.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Treslaig Hall

is where we stopped for coffee today on a drive round Loch Linnhe.

On a nice sunny day this is a great spot to sit and watch the boats from the Caledonian Canal and the wildlife on the loch.

Straight across the loch from Fort William

Boat demolition

further progress when I passed today. I'll try and create a timelapse of the restoration although the frequency of it won't be regular.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009


I'm rather worried about this bee, it didn't move when I was taking the photographs.

Abandoned tunnel?

This abandoned corrugated (tunnel?) looks as though it is past repair.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Boat restoration

has started with the wheelhouse on this 'retired' fishing boat being demolished.

Many photographs of this boat appear on Flickr but it will be nice to see her rebuilt into a motor cruiser. Watch this space!

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Oosterschelde- sailing ship

built 1918 in the Netherlands as a freighter, she now cruises the world including Antarctica.

Seen here moored in Oban Bay as part of her Hebridean cruises.
Oosterschelde website


one of the yachts tied up at the North Pier in Oban was the 20m 'Sceptre' built for the America's Cup challenge in 1958 and re-modelled since.

Classic malts cruise 2009

there were several classic yachts moored at the North Pier in Oban, probably waiting to participate in the 2009 Classic Malts cruise.

Bridge over the Atlantic

and then some better photographs of Clachan Bridge with it's full-circle reflection.

Bus over the Atlantic

as I said, the Clachan Bridge is still strong enough for today's traffic.

I couldn't believe my eyes when this sight-seeing open top double decker bus appeared down the narrow road and then crossed the bridge !

Clachan Bridge

I stopped to take photographs of this 'Bridge over the Atlantic" across Seil Sound to the Isle of Seil and Easdale.

The bridge was built in 1792 and, as you'll see from the next photo, is still strong.

MV Corran

a better picture of MV Corran at the Nether Lochaber slip this lunchtime

Lord of the Glens

with MV Corran just leaving the slip at Nether Lochaber

Lord of the Glens

and passing a moored MV Glencoul, the relief Corran ferry.

Lord of the Glens

the cruise ship that sails through the Caledonian Canal and around the west coast of Scotland.

Seen this lunchtime approaching Corran Narrows having exited the Caledonian Canal at Corpach earlier in the morning.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Lost opportunities

Mid-morning a movement caught my eye and an eagle was soaring above. I even managed to get the camera, find the eagle in the viewfinder and then- too late, it was gone before I managed to take the photo.

Next project for the day was to take some more photos of bridges I've seen in the past but not stopped for. Then I realised why I'd not stopped, there was nowhere to stop without blocking a passing place on the single track roads.

... and then I saw the sparrows singing on the roof of a building. The photos are in focus but the light is not good so, despite the detail, they are no use for adding to the blog.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Loch nan Uamh viaduct

and once the train had crossed, we drove further down the road.

We got this view of the Sound of Arisaig looking out towards the Small Isles framed by the viaduct arches

Harry Potter train

alias the Jacobite steam train just pulling out of the station at Morar as it travels towards Fort William.

The traffic was all stopped at the crossing to allow the train through which gave the children (and big children) the opportunity to take photos.

Loch nan Uamh

with the Jacobite steam train on the West Coast line from Mallaig to Fort William. The engine pulling the train this afternoon was the Lord of the Isles

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Another orchid

photographed directly from above.


spotted growing in long grass beside a caravan site. It always amazes me how these delicate flowers can survive so close to humans activity.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Unusual stone

found on a beach. It was very hard and had 3 different sections that had different textures and colours. I must ask my geologist friend.


that I just had to share. These were freshly picked from stocks that were only planted last year... and there are more ripening.

Swallow on aerial

and this young swallow found a perch on the TV aerial and, remarkably inactive for a swallow, sat and watched the world go by.


the sparrows had been making an awful row and kept landing on the logs to see if I'd put out any seed for them so, like the mug I am, I did so.

When the bird traffic calmed down a little this finch took the opportunity to drop by and take some seed. As you can see from the photograph it never dropped its guard, always on the alert for the return of the sparrows.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Sir Ernest Shackleton

and this is Trevor's boat, a replica of the 'James Caird'.

Trevor used this boat to re-sail Shackleton's rescue mission from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

Ardnamurchan study centre

and campsite- old and new buildings. We dropped in here to see if Trevor Potts, the owner, was around but missed him.

Trevor is a very interesting character who lectures about his exploration trips to passengers on Antarctic Cruises during our winter.

Ardnamurchan study centre and campsite website.

Hot weather

was causing the sheep to shed their 'wooly jumpers' naturally.

Relaxing at the beach

with a picnic. These sheep were enjoying a day out on the beach.

Ardnamurchan Point picnic tables

newly installed along with the paths being improved. It is such an interesting place to just sit and watch the shipping and wildlife in the sea.

Ardnamurchan lighthouse website

Fog horn

in previous years this fog horn would have been alerting shipping to Ardnamurchan point's presence. Nowadays with electronic gadgets on even the smaller ships is has become rather redundant although the light is still used.

Ardnamurchan lighthouse website

Traffic lights

and, as you can see, the mist had cleared by the time I took this relatively common photo of the traffic lights controlling the single-track access road to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.

Ardnamurchan lighthouse website

Fog bank at Ardnamurchan lighthouse

The fog bank was clearly visible and moving quite fast as it appeared from behind Ardnamurchan lighthouse and moved over towards Mull.

Ardnamurchan lighthouse website

Small Isles (edited)

This photo shows the Small Isles again and, because it is edited, really shows the way the mist was obscuring the land.

Small Isles

in an unedited photograph where the camera was focused on the rocks at Ardnamurchan lighthouse.

I might add that the mist cleared shortly after this and the whole atmosphere changed.


the light and mist were altering the view of the Island of Eigg. I edited this photograph to make it easier to differentiate between the land, sea and mist.

Boats in the mist

these boats were also playing hide-and-seek in the mist when viewed from Ardnamurchan lighthouse.

Glengorm Castle in mist

from Ormisbeag on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

It was fascinating watching the light change and, because of the mist, places that you would normally struggle to identify appearing and disappearing.

The building in this photograph is Glengorm Castle on the Isle of Mull

Friday, 3 July 2009

Thunder storms

I started to upload the photographs from Ardnamurchan but when the skies started to light up and the thunder started to roll overhead everything got switched off and unplugged. I've done some of the sorting out now but the storm appears to be returning so I think I forget doing anymore today.

Thursday, 2 July 2009


Today, the intention was to visit the Crinan Classic Boat festival. I've been watching the changing forecast for the last few days and it had looked OK but today it said rain- and lots of it.

We changed the plans and went to Ardnamurchan Point where it was rather misty and I got very few photographs. I'll try and post the best of them tomorrow.