Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe, Scotland
Scotland Map
Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe, Scotland
Aonach Mor in Scotland
Aonach Mor in Scotland
Aonach Mor in Scotland
Aonach Mor in Scotland
Scotland
Eileen Donan Castle in Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Cuillins Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye in Scotland
Duntulum Castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Neist Point on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

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Aonach Mor

Glencoe

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Eileen Donan Castle

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Scenery Along A82/A87

Scotland
Scotland

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Isle of Skye

Cuillins Hills on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye in Scotland
Isle of Skye in Scotland
Isle of Skye in Scotland
Duntulum Castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland
The Isle of Skye in Scotland

Urquhart Castle

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Urquhart Castle in Scotland
Urquhart Castle in Scotland
Urquhart Castle in Scotland
Urquhart Castle in Scotland

Occupying the upper portion of Great Britain, this ancient land is characterized by clans and tartans, lochs and legends, and a colorful rugged beauty unlike anything I've seen before.

 

Scotland's towering hills have stood for centuries; yet amidst this permanence is constant motion: clouds swiftly rolling across the sky...waterfalls cascading down the hillsides...golden grass rippling with every breeze

 

Aptly called "God's Country", Scotland's fierce beauty touches the heart and stirs the soul...

 

Aonach Mor is one of Scotland's highest peaks

Gondolas take you up up up...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even after hopping off the gondola, you have yet to hike up a winding footpath... (bundle up because it's windy as hell!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still climbing...

Looks like you could just reach up and touch the clouds...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the top 

It was a cloudy day, but such is the dramatic beauty of Scotland

 

 

Lovely magical Glencoe

Scotland's hills are moss-covered rock - with waterfalls appearing as silver threads meandering down the hillside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The grass of this land is so unique: vibrant green with golden, reddish and purplish hues...and all these colors shine through with every breeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hill is called "The Saddle", off A87.

Scotland is a hiker's paradise. Exploring this land on foot is irresistible, and once you head out you won't want to turn back!

 

 

 

 

 

Aonach Dubh, one of the 3 sisters in Glencoe.

Scotland's terrain is so colorful and varied...

 

 

The ever-beautiful Isle of Skye deserves its own map, since there are so many scenic spots worth mentioning.

Though you can explore the island in one day, you won't want to - best to stay at least one night!

 

 

Cuillins Hills 

This is the natural curve of the terrain; I applied no special effects to this photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuillins Hills in the late afternoon sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the hundreds of lochs (Gaelic for 'lake') in Scotland. 
At times you'd think the country was more water than land!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mealt Waterfall at Kilt Rock on the eastern coast of Skye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely cone-shaped peak is called Glamaig, in the southern region of Skye

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man of Storr (A geological formation on the eastern coast)

Strange as it may sound, the energy of this area was strikingly similar to the American southwest...

 

 

 

 

 

Duntulm Castle and surrounding scenery on the northern tip of Skye

You can see in the distance the Outer Hebrides Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking through a 'window' of Duntulm Castle

I felt like I was peering out at the magical Isle of Avalon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neist Point at the westernmost tip of Skye

The picture is dark, I know, but it does capture some of the drama

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset of the coast of Skye

 

Scotland Photos including Glencoe, Ben Nevis and the Isle of Skye

 

Driving along, you are dwarfed by magnificent hills... Humbling, yet comforting at the same time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the highway snaking its way through the massive hills...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pull over and hike some more! How can anyone resist??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland is a driver's heaven - even in the most remote areas, the roads are perfectly paved (how do they manage that??)

It takes seemingly forever to get from place to place - every 5 minutes the scenery beckons you to pull over and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Over the rainbow

After a sudden, intense downpour this most beautiful vivid rainbow appeared... 
I was so thrilled to be there when it happened!

 

 

Entrance to Eileen Donan Castle, built in the early 1200's. A stone footbridge takes you over to the castle; inside are exhibits dating from the Viking era to the 19th century. (Another dramatic cloudy day - a stretch for my 100 speed film!)

 

 

Entrance to Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The castle is sprawling, with walkways connecting the remaining pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of this ancient miniature city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking out over Loch Ness

No sight of Nessie! Maybe next time...