Waves crashing on to the rocks on a grey Saturday afternoon in Caithness, just a fleeting hint of brightness from the west and a choppy Pentland Firth with Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the British Mainland, in the distance.
Cold snaps aren't unusual in May in the Scottish mountains and we are in the grip of one just now; we are also in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, so access to the hills is off limits. Here I remember a ski tour in stunning snow and weather conditions in the Cairngorms in May 2012 when we were able to get out and about.
Photos from beautiful Glen Etive on a wild February day of vicious hail showers and spindrift interspersed with bright winter sunshine and atmospheric views. Photos from upper Glen Etive, the slopes of the Corbett, Beinn Maol Chaluim, and a time lapse sequence at the head of Loch Etive.
Where does time go? Photos from Cairngorm 10 years ago, 12th February 2010, on a day with an inversion, stunning snow and blue skies on the mountain tops.
Photos, route and an account of a winter solstice round of Toll an Lochain, An Teallach in Wester Ross. An Teallach is one of the finest mountains in the British Isles and the round of Toll an Lochain takes in the spectacularly jagged skyline of Corrag Bhuidhe, Lord Berkeley’s Seat and Sgurr Fiona and the mountains highest peak, Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill.
An account of a December afternoon in beautiful Assynt, Scotland, and the ascent of two fine peaks, Beinn Uidhe and Glas Bheinn. See photos of the route and surrounding mountains, including spectacular sunset views of unique Suilven and Stac Pollaidh and the Assynt giants of Ben More Assynt and Conival.
After two weeks away Caithness welcomed us home with a beautiful dawn, sunrise and complementary rainbow. Happy 2020 from Caithness, Scotland.
Sunset photos on a serene November afternoon from Dwarwick Head and Peedie Beach near Dunnet, Caithness, Scotland.
Ceannabeinne beach near Durness, a special place even on a grey November day. Photos from Beinn Ceannabeinne and Ceannabeinne beach in late afternoon light with a cheeky “Smoo Cave at dusk” photo for good measure!
Photos from Invermoriston on the west side of Loch Ness in autumn colours. The spectacular Invermoriston Falls, charismatic old bridges and summer house surrounded by the woods in beautiful autumn adornment.
An October walk in the Cairngorm mountains, fresh autumn snow on the peaks and spectacular waterfalls; over the Cairngorm plateau and along the shores of Loch Avon, returning via the summit of Cairngorm for sunset. See the route and photos and read about it here.
I am delighted that my photo "The Summer Isles from Stac Pollaidh" has been used on the cover of Philip Marsden's new book "The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination". See the photo and read about it here. Purchase prints from our online store at Redbubble.com
A summer night camping on the summit plateau of Ben Hope. Sunset in the north west, sunrise in the north east, shifting mists and changing light. See the photos and read about it here. Purchase prints from our online store at Redbubble.com
Stunning sunsets and seascapes, summer evenings in Caithness on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pentland Firth. Purchase prints of from our online store at Redbubble.com
An account and photos from a visit to the puffin colony at Wester Clett, "Puffin Island" on the Sutherland/Caithness border between Melvich and Reay in northern Scotland. Purchase prints of puffins from our online store at Redbubble.com
With the first strong northerly winds of the autumn, the weekend of 28-29th October was fairly stormy for the North coast of Scotland. With a strong northerly, the swell in the North Atlantic builds quickly and pounds the coast.
In the last week of August I was part of a small group of friends visiting Arolla in the Valais region of Switzerland with the aim of exploring some of the hills above the village. Here are some of the photos from the trip including views of the Matterhorn, Dent d'Herens and Dent Blanche.
Autumn sun descending behind Sgurr Choinnich Mor in The Grey Corries during an autumn temperature inversion.