Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Glencoe

As promised to myself, we took another very enjoyable trip up the A82 with the aim of visiting Glencoe.

Just short of Bridge of Orchy, the pyramid shaped Beinn Dorain caught our eye again and so we stopped for a couple of photographs.


The Rio Tinto Alcan train runs regularly to Fort William with a cargo of alumina and we were on time to see it coming back down the line.


Next stop was Lochan na h-Achlaise where the distant snow-topped mountains were reflecting beautifully in the still water.


We eventually reached Kingshouse Hotel where we stopped in the carpark for a cuppa and a sandwich. The wildlife inhabitants soon came by to visit us and were happy to pose to have their photographs taken.


After our break it was time to get back on the road. We drove into Glen Coe and parked the car for a walk up the Devil's Staircase. The uphill walk was long and tiring but the hike was worth the energy spent. Once at the summit, which still had patches of snow lying, we had a view towards the Mamores beyond Kinlochleven.


We left the footpath and headed west for a view of the Three Sisters, three shoulders of Bidean nam Bian, the highest peak in Argyll. Although the day was generally bright and sunny there was a haze which hung around most of the time.


Back at the base of the Devil's Staircase it was time for another coffee and sandwich to replenish ourselves and for one last photo opportunity before leaving Glencoe.

At the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor is Lagnagarbh Hut which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and provides accomodation, mainly for climbers.


On our way home we stopped at Loch Tulla in time for the sun setting on a very enjoyable day out. There are still many areas of Glencoe to be explored, so I'm sure I will have at least one more visit this year.


Friday, 20 February 2015

RSPB Lochwinnoch

It has been too long since my last visit to the RSPB nature reserve at Lochwinnoch. The staff are very friendly and helpful, as are the visitors I spoke to in the photo hide.

Within a short space of time I had seen at least a dozen species of birds, some of which were too quick or distant to be captured by my camera.

I have promised myself a return visit shortly.

Goldfinch
Male Chaffinch with a tasty morsel
Lesser redpoll beside a pond
A pair of  Mallards
Male Mallard
Male Siskin on a tree stump
Blue tit
Long-tailed tit at a peanut feeder
Long-tailed tit hiding behind the feeder
Robin on a mossy rock
Goldfinch on a thorny branch
Reed bunting
Great tit at a feeding station
Scarlet elf cup fungi on a branch
Snowdrops beside the visitor centre

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A82 Road Trip

Running from Glasgow to Inverness, the A82 is the main road linking the central belt to the western highlands of Scotland.

Within a relatively short period of time you can get access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

We set out early in the morning with the intention of going to Glencoe, but had to stop several times to take in the sight before us.

A day is too short a timescale to take in so breathtaking vistas. The outcome being that a return trip is already being planned.

Mist covering the base of Beinn Dorain near Tyndrum
Bridge over the River Orchy
Inveroran
Loch Tulla
Black Rock Cottage with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background
Red deer grazing
Kingshouse Hotel
Loch Etive
Ben Starav overlooks Loch Etive
Red deer stag
Sunset over Glen Etive

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Monte Carlo Historique 2015

Back at Paisley for the second year running, the Monte Carlo Historique rally again chose Abbey Close as one of its starting locations for 2015.

It's always good to see the classic cars presented for the public to admire.

With the race starting in the evening, camera shutter speeds were low. This meant that most of my photos were taken while the cars were static.

Volkswagen Golf
Mini Cooper


Ford Escort Mk 1
A little bit of last minute route planning in a Sunbeam Talbot Extreme
Saab 96
Spare wheel on a Morgan +8
A pair of Austins, A40 and Mini
Lotus Cortina
Cars lined up for the start of the rally
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Paisley Abbey providing a colourful backdrop
Opel Kadett setting out for Monte Carlo
MGB GT waiting to start the race