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Note that this is pretty much lifted straight out of the diary entry for August 19th 2001.

scotland photo Buttermere, Lake District (137Kb) Ok, so it's not Scotland, but it was on our way there, so it counts.
scotland photo Skyline, Blackness (near Edinburgh) (133Kb) Quite apart from Blackness being a really cool name for a village, this was a rather nice scene. There's a castle nearby which was our intended destination, but turned out to be closed.
scotland photo Sunset, near Tantallon (56Kb) Another random drive around the Edinburgh outskirts.
scotland photo Mist scene, near Tantallon (97Kb) Scotch mist, in it's natural environment.
scotland photo Clava Cairns (286Kb) This is near Inverness, and is a group of three burial cairns, surrounded by standing stones. Built around 4000BC, but plus or minus a bit as dating a cairn is tricky at the best of times. In true British fashion, the road actually cuts through one of the circles with one of the standing stones from that circle doing service as a gatepost. For reference, the timing is around, or possibly slightly earlier than, the time the pyramids were built.
scotland photo Chanonry Point, Black Isle, near Inverness (196Kb) Dolphin spotting. This was a complete bonus, we just came down here to see if the lighthouse might be scenic.
scotland photo Chanonry Point lighthouse (100Kb) Turned out that the lighthouse was rather scenic after all.
scotland photo Loch Ness, seen from Dores village (158Kb) This is looking down the length of the lake, from the north end.
scotland photo Foyers Falls, Loch Ness (268Kb) A nice little waterfall, running into the Loch.
scotland photo Eilean Donan Castle, near Kyle of Lochalsh.(83Kb) About as scottish as a castle can get. This is a low tide shot (it's in Loch Duich, which is a sea loch) - normally the water would go all the way under the bridge.
scotland photo Duntulm Bay, Isle of Skye (160Kb) Looking down from the headland with Duntulm Castle on it.
scotland photo Uig Harbour in the morning, Isle of Skye. (95Kb) You really wouldn't think that that piece of water is basically the atlantic ocean under a different name . . .
scotland photo Trotternish ridge, Isle of Skye (93Kb) The main geographical feature on the northern end of Skye. The single rock sticking up is a freestanding piece that fell off the main rock face at some point in the past. It's called the Old Man of Storr, and people go climbing on it. Rather them than me.
scotland photo Sunset, Isle of Skye (79Kb) One of many shots taken that evening
scotland photo Ripples, Isle of Skye (195Kb) Taken near Kilt Rock.
scotland photo Reflections, Isle of Skye (158Kb) An approaching storm, but what a view. That's either Harris or North Uist in the background I think.
scotland photo Light on the Hills, Isle of Skye (99Kb) As the roadway indicates this was one of those views that just happened as we were driving along, and we just had to stop and take. Actually a lot of our time on Skye was taken up with burbling as some other spectacular item of scenery hove into view.
scotland photo Kilt Rock and Waterfall, Isle of Skye (165Kb) Called Kilt Rock because it looks like the pleating on a kilt, apparently. Also, a waterfall, draining directly into the sea, which is pretty rare I think.
scotland photo Reflections, Isle of Skye (103Kb) Again, water flatter than a very flat thing. Did I mention that we got extremely lucky with the weather?
scotland photo Horizon, Isle of Skye(76Kb) Erm. Well, there's the sea, you see, and there's the sky, and somewhere in the middle, there's a join, but it isn't exactly clear where . . .
scotland photo Clouds, Isle of Skye (61Kb) Not scenery as such, just an impressively large sky. (Interestingly, the weather really isn't supposed to be like this - Skye is derived from the Norse name for cloud, which may also tell us something about where the Norse came from).
scotland photo The Red Cuillin Mountains, Isle Of Skye (95Kb) I think that's just stone and gravel on the top, not snow.
scotland photo The Red Cuillin Mountains, Isle Of Skye (76Kb) More breathtaking scenery. It's really dangerous to drive around here - you've got views like this, and the possibilty of sheep in the middle of the road on the next turn round your (often single track) road. That's cloud forming on the peak by the way, not a passing cloud that happened to hit it. You could just stand there and watch them form and evaporate as they moved away from the tip.
scotland photo The Red Cuillin Mountains, Isle Of Skye (71Kb) Again, more impressively large sky.
scotland photo The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye (122Kb) The main part of the group of mountains known collectively as The Cuillin. This is higher than the red cuillin (which is why I don't think it was snow on the other peaks - there's none here). Like the trotternish ridge, this is high enough to be seen from most of the rest of the island unless there happens to be some more scenery in the way.
scotland photo The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye (90Kb) A slightly closer view. This thing dominates the horizon, and for those who are familiar with the book, is the closest thing I've seen to the mountain range that is supposed to surround Mordor (Lord of the Rings).
scotland photo Calanais Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis (107Kb) The central circle of stones at Calanais (Callanish). The rock here is wonderfully grained, partly because it's just that kind of rock, and partly because being buried in peat for a while emphasises this (peat being rather acid).
scotland photo Calanais Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis (54Kb) In silhouette.
scotland photo The Atlantic Ocean, Isle of Harris (128Kb) Just look at that green. I could have claimed to have gone to Bermuda or somewhere Caribbean . . . (Incidentally, for those that don't know the geography, Harris and Lewis are actually the south and north ends of the same physical island. It's a long story. Oh, and Skye is actually connected to the Scottish mainland with a bridge now, so you don't need to take a ferry to get there).
scotland photo Beach, Isle of Harris (121Kb) Again, Bermuda anyone? It works, except for the completely barren mountainside behind it . . .
scotland photo Carving, Saint Clement's Church, Rodal, Isle of Harris (288Kb) In a little church at the southernmost tip of Harris, are some carvings dating from around the 1520's or thereabouts. Pretty old in other words. There just there for you to walk up to an take pictures of. This is the devil and an angel weighing souls (note the scales, and the fact that the angel has a sword).
scotland photo Carving, Saint Clement's Church, Rodal, Isle of Harris (292Kb) Another panel from the same group. It's latin, but the bottom line reads: "Anno Domini, MCCCCCLLVIII", which, allowing for ignorance of the D Roman numeral, works out to be 1528. This, and the above, are from the tomb of Alexander MacLeod (or Mac Clod as is appears on the panel). This is all very well, except for the small detail that he isn't actually in it.
scotland photo The MacLeod Standing Stone, Isle of Harris (132Kb) A better desciption might be the MacLeod Leaning stone. It looks worse than this from some angles.
scotland photo The MacLeod Standing Stone, Isle of Harris (154Kb) A fun shot . . .
scotland photo Tarbert, Isle of Harris (143Kb) Seen from the ferry back to Skye . . .
scotland photo Eilean Donan Castle, near Kyle of Lochalsh. (151Kb) Another gasp from driver and passenger as we turn a corner on the way back and find out that they have mood lighting on it at night . . . there were a whole bunch of other people there at the only sensible parking point, with big cameras on tripods, taking 2 second exposures of the thing. This one (the only one without camera shake) was taken by standing the camera on the ground near the edge of the loch.

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