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The Stunning Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is a truly stunning place and I highly recommend a visit.  My shots were taken on a chilly but sunny day with all of the snow at high level.  The scenes below include Cairngorm mountain near Aviemore, home to the best snow sports in Scotland, however, on the day there was little activity due to the lack of snow on the slopes.  My plan to revisit the following day was put on hold due to an overnight 20cm fall of snow, which would no doubt have resulted in the imminent resumption of activities on the mountain.

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Wintry Aviemore

As Billy Connolly once said ‘There are two seasons in Scotland, June and winter…
in Scotland, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.’
To say the weather in Scotland is changeable is an understatement.  Only 24 hours earlier it was a fantastically sunny and clear day, albeit crisp – a perfect spring day.  The Highlands in Scotland are beautiful (or bonnie) but even more so when the landscape is completely changed by the arrival of snow.  The shots below were taken at a desolate Loch Morlich, Aviemore, with the vast majority of the snow untouched.

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On the road in the Isle of Skye

Here are a few shots whilst on the road in Skye – just over the bridge in Plockton, which is affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the Highlands’ .Also posted are a number of shots of the ruins of the medieval Cill Chriosd Church, a worthwhile stop on the main road from Broadford to Elgol.

Duncraig castle across the bay of PlocktonCill Chriosd ChurchLeac nan Fionn, TrotternishCill Chriosd Church
Village of Plockton (The Jewel of the Highlands)Leac nan Fionn, Trotternish PortreeThe Trotternish peninsulaCill Chriosd Church© [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

The Castles of Skye and Eilean Donan

As many of you will know Scotland is renowned for its iconic castles and I was fortunate to  put that reputation to the test during my trip to Skye.  My trip took me to the 14th century ruins of Duntulm castle on the Trotternish peninsula, then to Dunvegan castle, the home for 800 years to the chiefs of Clan MacLeod and finally (or so I thought), to the 15th century ruins of Castle Moil in the village of Kyleakin.  However, I realised that the route home would take us via Eilean Donan, one of the most admired castles in Scotland and admittedly my favourite.  It can only be described as beautiful, situated on an island in Loch Duich, surrounded by stunning scenery.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Isle of Skye and its environs, please make sure you take time to visit what I can now confirm are most certainly extremely impressive historical monuments.

Eilean Donan castleEilean Donan castleDuntulm castleDuntulm castleEilean Donan castleLoch Duich which surrounds Eilean DonanDunvegan castleWaterfall at DunveganEilean Donan castleCastle Moil, KyleakinEilean Donan footbridgeReflection of Eilean Donan footbridgeDunvegan castleEilean Donan castleReflection of Eilean Donan footbridge© [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame], [2012]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [John Mallaney] and [jdmallaney In The Frame] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

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