holy island

Eilean MoLaise

More commonly known as the Holy island, just off the coast from Lamlash on Isle of Arran. I took this after midnight in the middle of Storm Brendan, which gave the island go old battering, while we visited. Even on a small but sturdy tripod, that I was holding firmly, the long exposure got some motion blur. But I think it works well on this image, where we can see the light (glow) from the mainland and even at night the sky is blue when lit up by the fool moon.

Pladda Lighthouse

Pladda Lighthouse

Had a very windswept walk on Kildonan beach, got the cobwebs well and truly blown away. Could have spend many more hours walking here, will be back one day. As I can just stare at the waves for hours on end. On the way back the light and clouds changed and we got this rather cool looking light.

Pladda Lighthouse

In the background behind Pladda you can just make out Ailsa Craig, where you can find the blue hone granite that has long been quarried to make curling stones

weather front

Weather front

View from Lochranza on Isle of Arran, towards the Kintyre peninsula. This is the tail end of the shower that gave us a good “wash”. When the weather forecast says showers, do be prepared wrap up fast, as you will get a soaking double fast at random times. As you can see on the other photo, the shower had on higher grounds brought some snow with it.

Lochranza Distillery

Lochranza Distillery, jolly good wee dram. There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island, but most of them were “moonlight” or illegal distilleries, those where the days, eh 🙂

Goatfell Isle of Arran

Goatfell

Had a few days on Isle of Arran. This snap was taken from the ferry as we left, the mountain had a wee dusting of snow doing the night.

Bonus shot of Goatfell, with added castle:

Brodick Castle and Goatfell

bracken

Bracken

I know they are often seen as a weed, but I do like the look of them and always reminds me of New Zealand.

money tree

Money tree

Funny things these, never really heard about or seen these before. Now nearly every time we go to a bit of wood where there is a fallen tree, we find one.

waves

Bliss

Day Four: “Bliss”

Bliss (noun): complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.

I don’t need to get wet or lay and collect the rays. The best way for me to enjoy a beach, is just to sit and look and listen to the waves, that is one of my Zen places. 

Photography: Developing Your Eye I

corncrake cottage

Corncrake cottage

If you should find yourself lost on Isle of Lewis or want to. You can’t do wrong with staying at Corncrake Holiday Cottage. We spend a brilliant week there few months back. Beach, walks, chill, views and nearly totally of the beaten track and stunning sunsets.

http://www.corncrake-holidaycottage.co.uk/

Callanish Standing Stones

Loitering stones

Visited the Callanish Standing Stones on Isle of Lewis, fantastic spot. Amazing that they have been left to loiter about for so many years. Still makes me wonder why someone figured that this is a grand place to put some stone in a pattern and probably dance around them naked too. Back then it was not easy to sit around and enjoy the views as the island was covered in forest.

I totally forgot about this: We were sitting at the nearby cafe and overheard some Americans walking down from the stone circle.

Person A: So, what was your impression of the stones?
Person B: Hmm, a bit like cilantro, take or leave it …

azub six

Azub Six

I should ride more, I have become lazy over the last half year. Though, I managed to ride a few times in Scotland this year.

This photo is taken in the South Locks area of Isle of Lewis.

Stunning bit of the world. 

Uig bothy

Bothy

I have tried for three years to find Mangersta Bothy, aka Eagle’s Nest. The first two years I just went from memory and old maps, mainly no clue of where it would be other than in the Uig area or there about.

This year I found a blog post with a better description of where it would be. Looked on the map and narrowed it further down, and off we went.

I had led us in the right direction and just as I said to Peli I think it should be in this vicinity. She said – there it is! She had spotted the skylight window.  

walk to the hills

A walk to the hills

Spend a few days in Scotland and had a walk to the hills.

I stopped near this path, just to let the mutt out for a rest as we have been driving for a long time.

Only after we got home I learned that the hill in the background is called Dumyat Hil (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Mhèad).