Friday, 18 November 2011

The end of the road

First stop in the morning was a walk around the Birks of Aberfeldy beautiful seeing all the autumn colours which had come out along the valley and what Perthshire seemed to have in full at this time off year with the colours showing lots of different with the yellow and yellow of the beech tree the standout colour.

Colours in the woods

By the river

Red leafs by the river
Next was a visit to Pass of Killiecrankie and the river garry walked along the river and up to soldiers leap where a soldier leapt to save himself in one of the Jacobites battles. Then walked up to the top of the bridge and yet again the colours were again wonderfully looking across the valley. Then headed to dundee to catch the train to home.

Pass of Killiecrankie in autumn colours

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Callender pt 2

Started off the morning with damp cruise on Loch Katrine even though the weather was quite damp it was lovely to see the loch in the full autumn colours and in a such a relaxing condition.

The Sir Walter Scott
After the cruise drove around up to Loch Tay and stopped at the Falls of Dochart at Killin on route very pretty but could see the effect of the recent with the river and falls very water heavy.

River Dochart at Killin

Falls of Dochart at Killin

The Autumn Colour

The last bit for the day was a lovely drive along Loch Tay with the Autumn colour with the red , orange, yellow gold and green wonderfuly.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Around Callander Pt1

Next stop was a visit to the Callander area and first visit was around Loch Lubnaig even though the sky was grey the Loch was giving some very nice reflections.

Stitched image of Loch Lubnaig

Colours in Loch Lubnaig

Far end of Loch Lubnaig
Then after a nose around callander headed to stirling castle a very intresting building with lots of history having been involved in at least eight different siedges and was the where Mary queens of Scots was crowed.

Buildings in the Stirling Castle Courtyard

Church in the Stirling Castle Courtyard

Kin's Chair

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Loch Awe and the highlands

Next was a lovely scenic drive along the side of Loch Awe in almost perfect weather with the sky almost totally blue apart from around the top of the peaks scotland at its best also very nice to see the mountains with snow on the top.

Side of the Loch

Snowy mountain tops

End of Loch awe

Then drove up to Tyndrum before deciding to do a section of the highland road with the mountains very impossing and impressing though very noticeable how the weather had changed as about five miles up the road the weather changed went from blue sky to cloudy and misty. Along this road had good sighting of a Female Red Deer and a Golden Eagle.

One of many Mountains along the highland road

The weather changing

Storms over the mountains
Then headed back to Loch Lomond and caught a little bit of it with blue sky.

Loch Lomond with blue sky!!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Around Loch Fayne

Day started quite wet so drove around the shore of Loch Fayne till we got near to Inveraray where it started to brighten up and we got some nice views of the maintains with snows on the top viewable from the harbour.

View from Inveraray harbour across Loch Fayne
After lunch drove along A83 and the side of Loch Fayne where they were some nice views and a fiew intresting birds on the Loch with Eider Ducks, Cormorant and Red-breasted Merganser around the loch. Then drove up the A816 before doing a lovely scenic drive by Loch Craignish where the weather was very changable before finishing at the end of the loch and watching the sun go down.

Double Rainbow along the loch
Boats out on Cragnish Loch

Sun dipping down

Sunsetting over the Loch    

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Around the lochs

Works up to a bit of sun breaking across Loch Lomond then after breakfast drove along to Loch Long where we had some nice views over the loch then drove up some perfect scenic valleys and on this route had my first Hooded Crow of the trip.

Loch Lomond early in the morning

Loch Long
Next headed up to top of the valley and the point called Rest and be Thankfull i suspect due to the steep road to get to it but well worth it for the view points.

Loch Restil

View from Rest and be thankful
Then drove down to Loch Goil with some nice views as the sun was playing ball today and down to the end where Carrack Castle was though a bit of shame as it was still being repaired. Quite a few bits of Birdlife with lots of Hooded Crows, Lapwings, Curlew and Oystercatchers around the edge

Loch Goil
Carrack Castle sadly under repair

Next stop was a visit to Benmore Gardens along the edge of  Loch Eck at this time of year it was very green I suspect due to the amount of rain around!! The garden starts off with a lovely Redwood Avenue then at this time of years lots of different ferns and mosses around quite a few in the Victorian Fern House and a bit of autumn colours was already around.

Redwood Avenue

One of many Ferns

Victorian Fern House

Fountain in the garden
The last stop of the day was along the road by the Kyles of Bute which were giving some wonderfully views in the early evening sun.

Views over the Kyle of Bute

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Loch Lomond

Next day was a walk around the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, though the visibilty was not great the rain was holding so climbed up Conic Hill which usual gives great views of the loch but today just a misty view right at the top. Walking up though shared the views with lots of Highland Cattle, Various Tit Flocks including a Marsh Tit a Male Stonechat and heard the sound of the local deer roaring wonderful.

View over the loch in the mist

One of the friendly Highland cattle
View from the top!!!

Conic Hill in the mist

Colours on the way down
Then headed round to Luss which by which time the rain had come down but had a little wander and got to see a wet looking wedding party.

Luss from the pier

The wedding party