Five Shots: Glencoe and Loch Ness

Here are a set of shots I took traveling through Glencoe Glen into the Scottish Highlands on our way to Loch Ness. Our group loved getting caught in the rain. Living in the desert, this was as foreign terrain as we could have asked for and the Highlands held us spellbound. Which one do you like best?

Caught in the Rain
Glencoe Glen
Ulani, my granddaughter
Pansies shot by Annette.
Highland cattle are a Scottish cattle breed.
Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Steps at Urquhart

I appreciated how pristine the region was. No pollution or human traces of developments or resorts or water traffic on the lochs. The houses are stone and plaster and there’s no such thing as a billboard. It truly felt like I had stepped back in time.

48 Comments on “Five Shots: Glencoe and Loch Ness

    • Thanks, I couldn’t agree with you more. We felt quite small in the valley surrounded by magnificent mountains with their waterfalls.

    • Mark! How great you stopped round today. Yes, I do believe so. Did you camp? Hike? I saw all the paths and immediately it made me want to return when the weather was clear and take a long hike.

      • Hi Cindy. Itโ€™s been a while. Hope youโ€™re well?

        Yeah, Iโ€™ve hiked and camped over there many moons ago. Stayed in a few bothyโ€™s nearby as well. Stunning part of Scotland.

  1. Buachaille Etive Mor is higher up, on the moorland before you get to Glencoe. The peaks on your photographs are the Three Sisters, with the Hidden Valley between two of them. One and two, possibly ??? That was where the people who escaped the massacre hid, back in 1692.

    • oh, thanks, John. I wasn’t sure. YES I remember the guide saying three sisters. I grabbed this from the internet: “Seen from Glencoe are the three sisters. Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach, and Aonach Dubh. Coire Gabhail, the Lost Valley or Hidden Glen, leads up to the Bidean ridge: the peak of Stob Coire Sgreamhach is left of centre, with the slopes of Gearr Aonach to the right.” It’s all Gaelic, to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You enjoyed the feel of rain and strong wind? That’s priceless, Cindy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would have thought you had enough of that when you were stationed in Scotland
    Did you hear about the famous massacre at Glencoe while you were there?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe
    I suspect the McDonalds are still haunting that place…
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    • Yes, we sure did hear about the massacre. I honestly never minded the wind and rain. I thought it was dramatic and ancient and wonderful. Odd to you, I’m sure. But it added an element of excitement to the day.

  3. Wow! Every photo is remarkable. The first one in the rain, and the castle stairs are my favorites. Thank you, Cindy!

  4. Beautiful unspoiled country. Billboards are a modern curse to distract you while driving and spoil the view. ๐Ÿ™‚ Obviously Ulani was having a great time.

  5. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚ All of the pictures are beautiful and your granddaughter looks like she was having a blast ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Great shots. Not sure how this post slipped by me. The pansies are gorgeous. And I really like the shot of the stone steps. But I scoured the waters in your Loch Ness photo and found nothing resembling a….you know….

  7. i like them all, but the first one gets my vote because of the sharp focus of the people aginst the soft focuss of nature

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