Browsing 31 posts tagged with scotland.

 
 

Old Castle Lachlan

This is Margaret. Look familiar? She should. I stayed with her and Dustin (her boyfriend) on my second visit to New York. Strachur couldn’t be any more different to New York, but I love it just as much… in a different way. As a friend of Margaret’s for 21 years, Strachur is home to many of my childhood memories. Today we visited Old Castle Lachlan. It was covered in scaffolding and didn’t make for a pretty picture, but the scenery surrounding it did.

 
 

Summer Road Trip To Glencoe

I set my alarm for the unthinkable hour of 5AM, but we had to chase the good light. Armed with coffee in flasks and half a dozen cameras, we road tripped to the Scottish Highlands while everyone else was still in bed. It was worth the 5AM rise.

 
 

To Kames

On Saturday I shot my first wedding of the year, demanding a 2 hour trek to Kames, Tighnabruaich, part of which required a ferry ride. The drive to Kames was nothing short of stunning. I can’t describe how it made me feel. It’s only taken me 20 years to appreciate the beauty of Argyll and Bute, having grown up in Dunoon from the age of 6 and leaving for the city at 17.

The couple were kind enough to book me a room in a hotel overnight, giving me the opportunity to appreciate the drive in the morning light. I had to snap a photo of the local service station. I’ve never seen a petrol station so small and I lived in Kilmun for 11 years.

I wish my camera could do the scenery justice, but it doesn’t.

 
 

Double Exposure

The MKIII’s in-camera double exposure mode is fun to play with, but difficult to nail. I’ve seen other photographer’s produce amazing results, I definitely want to experiment with it. For now, here’s a double exposure I took when exploring the Highlands.

 
 

Welcome, 2014

There is nothing better than a road trip to the Scottish highlands. It never fails to leave me feeling grateful and inspired, I’m thankful this beauty is only a 2 hour drive from the city I call home. Today, my eyeballs couldn’t quite take it all in. I think I need more road trips in my life.

The bitter weather meant we didn’t spend much time outdoors, stopping off at Glencoe Mountain Resort for a hot chocolate, and (the muchos recommended) The Real Food Cafe for fish and chips. I also tried my first pickled egg. Sold!

Perhaps the best part of visiting this area of Scotland, though, is the lack of phone signal. I can’t check-in on Foursquare, or upload my iPhone snaps to Instagram, or live tweet my adventure. No distractions, just excited eyeballs.

 
 

Strachur

If you’re a frequent visitor to my blog, you may remember Mags’ face. I stayed with Mags when I visited New York in September of last year. We grew up together, so when she touched down in Scotland for only a few days, I sped through to Strachur despite already having driven 440 miles and being sick of sitting behind the wheel. Even though my wheel is awesome.

Mags has invited me back to New York. I’m thinking of spending a few days there, then hopping over to San Francisco. OH MAN.

 
 

Drive

I will never get bored of this drive, especially on days like this; low clouds, quiet road, dry weather. As much as I put up a fight at 17 about learning to drive, I’m glad my parents pushed me into doing so. There are few things I enjoy more than jumping in the car and strapping my camera into the seat next to me.

 
 

Escape

I have been laying awake at night, perhaps unnecessarily, worrying about ‘problems’. These aren’t problems in the grand scheme of things, but we are all guilty of getting hung up on work, money, relationships etc. It’s good to escape and give yourself space to breathe.

ISO 640. Bit of grain because I underexposed in camera but adjusted in Aperture. I’m rolling with it.

 
 

2013

I was fortunate enough to bring in the bells surrounded by some of my oldest friends. A large group of us – most of who I know from high school – headed to Strachur to spend an evening in Strachur House, a mammoth 40+ room mansion. We danced at a local ceilidh, before retiring to the house library to count the clock down to 2013, following it up with a boogie in the ball room. Fun!

The drive to and from was, as always, breathtaking. Getting away from Glasgow is a much needed reminder that Scotland can be easy on the eyes.

 
 

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas from Inverkip, Scotland. I’m spending Christmas with my family at my Mum’s house. I popped online to share this photo and updated some WordPress plugins while I was at it, consequently breaking my whole site. Bear with my while I attempt to fumble around with PHP. But, yeah, have a great Christmas!

 
 
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