Scenery of Scotland - and no 'warmify' special effects
The scenery of Scotland isn't all bens and glens. Here are some mostly cool (literally), austere or just different views. And not a bagpiper in sight!
Scenery of Scotland
Why does tourism literature usually feature blue skies in Scotland?
Central Highlands summit
For example, nobody could say the picture here was a calendar shot of the scenery of Scotland, but for me the view here is the essence of the lonely, bare uplands of the Central Highlands. This is the top of Ben Chonzie in Perthshire, late on an October day. No snow yet - except maybe just a dusting on the even higher tops of Ben Lawers range on the horizon - but the wind has turned chill and it’s time to leave these wide and empty spaces to the odd pair of patrolling ravens. Plenty of hillwalkers will know what I mean….
East Lothian beach
A sense of space. John Muir Country Park in East Lothian from the Tynninghame end. The little town of Dunbar is on the horizon to the east. In less than hour you can be on Princes Street in Edinburgh. But would you really want to be? The scenery of Scotland isn’t all bens and glens.
The Gleneagles Gap
It’s early spring. In fact, it’s so early, I should stop pretending and just call it winter. This pic looks north-west from the “Gleneagles Gap”, where the Ochil Hills allow one road through from the Forth Valley. It’s a direct but sometimes overlooked route from Edinburgh to the Highlands. In this view, the famous Gleneagles Hotel is dead centre, visible as a thin pale line in the dark woodlands.
But isn’t it obvious, in the Gleneagles pic, where the real Highlands start, a little beyond? There’s plenty of snow still on Ben Chonzie, the white plateau to the left, with Glen Turret opening beside it, below which is Glenturret Distillery at the top end of the little town of Crieff. But that’s enough, this picture was supposed to speak for itself….
Moray Firth Winter
Not a tree in sight. Just a north-facing Moray Firth coast sea-town sheltering from the winter wind and with the January sun barely lighting it. There’s a somewhat idiosyncratic (they tell me) golf course below the cliffs, at the end of the spectacular viaduct (formerly a railway - now a walkway). The clubhouse is the white building right of centre, by the shore and left of the sea-stack. This is the sea-town of Cullen, on the Moray Firth, north of Aberdeen, east of Inverness. The houses on the horizon are part of Portknockie, the next community to the west.
On the edge of the famous ‘Rough Bounds of Knoydart’, Inverie, by the shore, is reached by boat from Mallaig, on Scotland’s western seaboard. It's off the beaten track Scotland, but these days, paradoxically quite well known. The picture here was taken in July. In as far as there are rugged mountains in the picture it conforms to the preconceived ideas of many visitors about the scenery of Scotland.
East Lothian storm surge
Here's a storm surge and a high tide on the east coast this time - Barns Ness Lighthouse near Dunbar in East Lothian. None of these are tourism brochure material. They’re probably too honest - or, at least, not quite sunny and blue enough!
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