Scotland is the highlands and the lowlands, glorious landscapes, Whisky of course and the cleanest air and cold clear water that you could possibly imagine. This is where 2 of my great grandparents and one of Anne’s (Mitchell) great grandparents were born.
In April and May this year Anne and I spent sometime exploring the countryside. Perfect time to visit with the wild spring flowers in abundance and lack of tourists. Many of the places visited come under the Dear Susan banner of Un-destination Photography.
Braemar was our first stop. Braemar is home to one of the bigger Highland games events in Scotland. It’s not far from the Queen’s Estate at Balmoral.
The area is a landscape photographer’s dream. Anne loves to cook and the fresh produce available was fabulous, including live lobsters and excellent beef.
St Cyrus overlooking the North Sea, the tranquilly of the Sea was something we were not expecting. Maybe we’ve watched too many films on the area. The local lobster man told us that we had been blessed with the calm weather.
Weather beaten ruins can be found on most high points overlooking the sea.
Just out of Glenmore is the only Reindeer herd (wild) in the UK its well worth the time to visit if you are in the area.
Being a city dweller (Paris at the moment) landscapes are something I rarely have the opportunity to shoot. In Scotland you only have to point your camera anywhere out of a town or city to be lured in to just take another shot.
Drimnin is literally in the middle of nowhere no shops only a small enclave of houses and the organic distillery. It’s well worth a visit if you want peace and quiet and beautiful scenery and did I mention the photo ops.
One of the last steam powered boats in Scotland. You can book a three or four night cruise and part of the deal is you opt to help out. You can be a stoker of coal, a deck, or a kitchen hand to name a few of the tasks available.
To sum up, Scotland, we will be back.
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