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Print of the Month - September 2017

Print of the Month - September 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
Twelve months ago this month I was getting ready to set off on my North Coast 500 trip, which if you haven't already done so you can read all about by following the highlighted link. Without spoiling your reading of the highs and lows of the trip the North Coast 500 which launched in the Spring of 2015 is a 516 mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness.
One of the highlights of the trip came on Day One driving the "Bealach na Ba - Pass of the Cattle" which I have driven before but this will be the first time crossing from Kishorn. With a quick read of the warning signs I started to make my way up the Pass with clear weather and magnificent views. The Bealach is an unforgettable drive up and along one of the most dramatic roads on mainland UK. The road is single track ALL the way, and goes steadily uphill through a dramatic mix of mountain scenery to the summit at 2053 feet where I was rewarded with a jaw dropping view of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Raasay and Rona which I am making available for Print of the Month.



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Print of the Month - August 2017

Print of the Month - August 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
This month we are just off the south coast on England's largest island, the Isle of Wight at Tennyson Down.
Tennyson Down is a hill at the west end of the island just south of Totland. It is a grassy, whale-backed ridge of chalk which rises to 482 feet above sea level and is named after the poet Lord Tennyson who lived at nearby Farringford House for nearly 40 years. The poet used to walk on the Down almost every day, saying that the air was worth 'sixpence a pint' and looking at the trees in this shot you can maybe understand what he meant.

At the top of the Down at a height of 147m stands a huge granite cross commemorating the life of Tennyson which you can just see in the background.



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Print of the Month - July 2017

Print of the Month - July 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
It's sometime since I included one of my "Intimate Landscapes" in Print of the Month so here goes with one from my North Coast 500 trip from last Autumn. During my research for the trip I came across comments on these wonderfully coloured pebbles so I decided to take a slight detour off the NC500 to search out the beach and I was not disappointed.
The tiny settlement of Littleferry lies on the northern shore of Loch Fleet, a large tidal basin with sand dunes, mudflats, coastal heath and pinewoods. Here you can see the old cottages that were once home to the ferryman and pilot, as well as buildings that served as an inn and stores for coal, salt and meal, all imported into the area by boat.
I keep viewing this photo either in portrait or landscape format, upside down and side to side and whichever way it is viewed it's composition just seems to work making it very versatile if you feel like a change of either orientation or placement it will be suitable for most locations. You could say you are getting 2, 3 or 4 prints for the price of one.



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Print of the Month - June 2017

Print of the Month - June 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it


It's a few months since I chose a print from Scotland so here's one from my 2014 trip to Galloway. Lying on Monreith Bay are the ruins of Kirkmaiden church, one of the oldest churches in Scotland, and the resting place of many of the McCulloch and Maxwell family members, who owned the Monreith estate. Above the church and overlooking the bay is the bronze otter commissioned by Galloway Wildlife Trust and sculptured by Penny Wheatley as a memorial to Gavin Maxwell 1914-1969 who spent his childhood years in the area. Maxwell, the author of the famous book "Ring of Bright Water", which was also made into a successful film was often seen exercising his tame otter, on the beach below Kirkmaiden church, when he returned to the area.


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Print of the Month - May 2017

Print of the Month - May 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
Earlier this year I was pleased to find out that two of my images were to be featured on the 2017 National Trails Calendar. One was for the month of September and the month of May was to feature the image I am offering in May's Print of the Month. The image is also currently being used as the header for the National Trails Facebook page.
It is of course one of the iconic views of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park showing the Elegug Stacks(Stack Rocks). Elegug is the poetic sounding Welsh word for the guillemot and not surprisingly these birds are very much in evidence here in nesting season, along with a whole host of other sea birds such as kittiwakes.
They are two pillars of limestone, a geographical feature caused naturally by the sea eroding weaknesses in the rock. They stand in the sea and are inaccessible from land – not least when the Ministry of Defence has closed off the nearby area to test tanks! When access can be gained, the birds can best be viewed from the mainland throughout the spring and early summer.



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Print of the Month - March 2017

Print of the Month - March 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
This month I am featuring a print from my tour of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Hartland Point, a 325 foot high rocky outcrop of land on the north-western tip of the Devon coast. The point marks the western limit, on the English side, of the Bristol Channel with the Atlantic Ocean continuing to the west. This location was known to the Romans as the "Promontory of Hercules". The Hartland Point Lighthouse was built in 1874 under the direction of Sir James Douglass.



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More Beautiful Lighthouses from around the British Coast

More Beautiful Lighthouses from around the British Coast | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
My previous posts on Lighthouses around the British Coast have proved so popular that I have decided to share even more.
This time I am starting at Rattray Head historically Rattray Point, a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire. To the north lies Strathbeg Bay and Rattray Bay is to its south. The 120 foot Rattray Head lighthouse was built on the Ron Rock ("Ron" is the Gaelic for "seal"), part of the Rattray Briggs in 1895. It was built by the engineers and brothers David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working. The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater being only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross.



Now for one that seems to have been forgotten in the other lighthouse posts. Still in Scotland but this time way out at the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, due west of Fort William. Its southern coast runs alongside Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull. The northern coast looks towards the Hebridean islands of Skye, Muck, Eigg and Rhum. The coastlines meet at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland. The granite tower soars 180 feet above the rocks, and was built in 1849 using granite from the Isle of Mull. Once again it was designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose family designed most of Scotland’s lighthouses over a period of 150 years. It is the only lighthouse in the world designed in an “Egyptian“ style.



We will be back in Scotland shortly but here's one from my trip to North Devon. There has been a lighthouse at Bull Point since 1879, as a result of a series of shipwrecks on this length of coast. The present lighthouse was built in 1972. Bull Point features in the highly influential novel "Tarka the Otter" by Henry Williamson, first published in 1927 and having never been out of print since first publication
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Print of the Month - February 2017

Print of the Month - February 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
For February I am back in Wales on the Ceredigion Heritage Coast at Mwnt looking out over Cardigan Bay considered one of the best places on the west coast for sunsets and I wasn't disappointed on my visit.
Cardigan Bay is a large inlet of the Irish Sea, indenting the west coast of Wales between Bardsey Island, Gwynedd in the north, and Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire at its southern end. It is the largest bay in Wales. From the Ceredigion Coast Path it is often possible to observe Bottlenose Dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic Grey Seals. The Bay has the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in the UK.



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Print of the Month - January 2017

Print of the Month - January 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
This year is the fifth year that I have been offering "Print of the Month" and so to start off I have selected one from my "Intimate Landscapes" Collection.
The image was captured on my trip to the Scottish Borders last year and shows the blue sky and clouds reflecting in the desolate, tranquil and part reed covered Loch Skeen which I reached after the rather strenuous walk up to the loch. The loch is the largest in the Southern Uplands, sitting at over 1650 feet above sea level and is surrounded by mountains, White Coomb is a Corbett and Mid Craig and Lochcraig Head are all over 2000 ft.



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Scotland's Route 66 - North Coast 500 - Cape Wrath to Inverness

Scotland's Route 66 - North Coast 500 - Cape Wrath to Inverness | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
The final and concluding part of my time on the iconic road trip along the North Coast 500 begins in Durness where I had spent time visiting, amongst other places Cape Wrath. Before reading this I would suggest you at least don't miss Part 2 Applecross to Cape Wrath and if you don't want to miss any part of the journey so far you, including the crossing of The Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) a historic and quite famous pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula you could even start with Part 1 Inverness to Applecross.
Within 3 miles of my morning start I am revisiting the beach at Ceannabeinne. Traditionally the beach was known as Traigh Allt Chailgeag – the beach of the burn of bereavement and death. This referred to a story of how an elderly woman fell into the burn, which flows onto the beach, and drowned. The burn Allt Chailgeag, was in spate at the time and her body was washed down to the shore.



At low tide the beach as amazing patterns created in the sand and also exposes the wonderful colours of the Lewisian gneiss. It brought back memories of the "Sand Waves" image I captured on my last visit in 2011. This time it was the turn of the Lewisian gneiss to join my Intimate Landscapes Collection.



Moving on I round Loch Eriboll. After the Kyle of Durness it is the second of three sea lochs and river estuaries to indent this north coast. It is the widest and at 10 miles the longest. Loch Eriboll's most attractive feature is towards the end of the loch at Ard Neakie which you can see in the photograph below. This is a mound of land prevented from becoming an island by an umbilical cord of sand and shingle linking it to the east shore of the loch.



Shortly after I would usually be crossing the Kyle of Tongue, the third sea loch but on this occasion I decided to try the old single track road that you had to use before the causeway was built
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National Trails Calendar 2017

National Trails Calendar 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
National Trails are long distance walking, cycling and horse riding routes through the best landscapes in England and Wales. There are 15 National Trails. Walkers can enjoy them all, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the Pennine Bridleway and the South Downs Way, as well as sections of the other Trails. In total, England and Wales have around 2,500 miles of National Trail.
The England Coast Path will be the newest (and longest) National Trail when it is complete in 2020. The first few sections are now open and more will be opening over the next few months.
For the first time National Trails have produced a calendar and I am pleased to say that two of my photos have been included.
May is shown below and features Elegug Stacks on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. They are two pillars of limestone, a geographical feature caused naturally by the sea eroding weaknesses in the rock. They stand in the sea and are inaccessible from land – not least when the Ministry of Defence has closed off the nearby area to test tanks!
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way for 186 miles along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain. It covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.



September features the cliffs at Hunstanton on the Norfolk Coast Path. They show an amazing slice of Britain's history and originate from just after the Jurassic period. This makes them 100 million years old and some of the oldest rocks visible in East Anglia.
The path takes you through fantastic scenery including a Roman Road, the unique Brecks, low cliffs and extensive sandy beaches and dunes and offers something for everyone from a gentle stroll to a 93 mile.



The calendar can be purchased for only £7.99 from the National Trails Shop along with many other items which will make ideal gifts at anytime of year as well as for Christmas
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Print of the Month - November 2016

Print of the Month - November 2016 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
For November's "Print of the Month" I've selected one of my favourite images from the Broads National Park. It features Brograve Mill, a wind pump located on Brograve level in the parish of Sea Palling. The mill is a Grade II listed building now lying in an extremely dilapidated and unsafe state. Built in 1771 it is thought to have last worked around 1930. Its purpose was to drain the Brograve levels into the man-made Waxham New Cut.
The mill cannot be directly reached on foot. However, as I did you can follow the path next to the Waxham New Cut from Horsey Mere.
On my visit I was so fortunate with the weather. Blue skies with a couple of perfectly placed fluffy white clouds and just a wisp of other clouds in the distance. All coupled with a slight breeze which was just sufficient to move the reeds in the foreground in the same direction as what was apparently the largest sails on any Norfolk mill.



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Print of the Month - October 2016

Print of the Month - October 2016 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
October's Print of the Month is from near Malltraeth on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales which lies in the south west corner of the island, at the head of the long inlet formed by the Cefni Estuary. Malltraeth means salt marsh in Welsh and the whole area is renowned for its birdlife and was once home to the talented wildlife artist Charles F. Tunnicliffe. The view is looking across the estuary towards Snowdonia and the Carneddau which includes the largest contiguous areas of high ground over 2,500 or 3,000 feet high in Wales and England.



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Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature

Isle of Arran - Scotland in Miniature | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
During a review of my portfolio to see what areas of the country I hadn't written about I was surprised to find that the Isle of Arran as either not been included at all or very rarely. So here we go. Described by many as ʻScotland in Miniatureʼ, Arran truly is the best of the mainland compressed into an island 20 miles long and 10 miles wide. As well as stunning landscapes amongst other things you will find pretty villages, ancient castles and prehistoric standing stones. I have only visited the island once for a few days on my way to Islay via Arran and Kintyre although I did manage to circumnavigate the island during those few days. I thought we would start off with a distant view of Arran captured from Skipness on the north west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula.



Two of the more distinctive and well known locations on the island are Holy Island and Machrie Moor. Firstly Holy Island which lies of the east coast of Arran and has been owned by Buddhists since 1992 where they have established a meditative retreat and since 2003 a Peace Centre. The earliest recorded name for Holy Island was Inis Shroin, which is old Gaelic for 'Island of the Water Spirit'. After the time when the Celtic Christian saint St. Molaise lived on the island at the end of the 6th century, it became known as Eilean Molaise, which is Gaelic for 'Molaise's Island'. This name gradually evolved over the course of centuries until early in the 19th century the island became generally known as Holy Isle and the village on the other side of the bay became known as Lamlash.



On the west coast of the island lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain. One of the stone circles is known as Fingal's Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The legendary warrior giant Fingal is said to have tethered his favourite dog Bran to this stone
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Britain's Beautiful Castles - Part 2

Britain's Beautiful Castles - Part 2 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
It's almost six months since the first part in the series on Britain's Beautiful Castles and seeing as it seems to have been a popular topic I thought I would take you on another trip to see a few more. I'll start in north east England on Holy island and Lindsfarne Castle. Sited atop the volcanic mound known as Beblowe Crag, Lindisfarne Castle is one of the most distinct and picturesque features of Holy Island and can be seen from many miles around. The castle was built in the 1550's using stones from the demolished Priory and in 1901 it was purchased and created into the Edwardian country house you see today.



Across the border now into Scotland and over on my favourite west coast we find Castle Stalker. Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, it was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. In fact, its Gaelic name Caisteal Stalcair translates literally as 'Castle of the Hunter'. It sits at the mouth of Loch Laich, by Loch Linnhe on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants which is also the battle cry of the Stewarts of Appin. In the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castle Stalker appeared as Castle Aaaargh.



Still in Scotland and over to the wonderful Western Isles or the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Barra in particular. Kisimul (or Caisteal Chiosmuil) Castle sits on a rocky islet in the bay just off the coast of in Castlebay. Legend has it that this has been the stronghold of the MacNeils since the 11th century. The castle gets its name from the Gaelic words cios, (tax or tribute) and mul (mound), meaning "The place where taxes are paid."



Travelling right down the coast to South Wales and Pennard Castle. Pennard Castle's situation is dramatic and beautiful. It is perched on the edge of the valley of the Pennard Pill, with a sheer drop below to the north and west. From it there is a sweeping view out towards Three Cliffs Bay, and across the valley to Penmaen Burrows
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Dungeness – Wild, Weird and Wonderful

Dungeness – Wild, Weird and Wonderful | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
Dungeness has a very unusual landscape with one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world at the end of a mile and a half promontory, between New Romney, Lydd and Camber on Romney Marsh in Kent. As well as being a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest the shingle expanse at Dungeness is so large that it has been called Britain's only desert - although according to the Met Office, it receives an average of 700mm of rain a year, so cannot be formally classified as a desert.
The Dungeness Estate is owned by EDF Energy, the French company that owns the Dungeness B nuclear power plant next door. Each year more and more shingle is deposited on the shore, so Dungeness, unlike a great deal of the rest of the coast, is actually getting bigger until that is EDF started to move shingle along the beach in order to protect the power station from flooding.



Having seen the view above you may all be saying what a mess and what's all the fuss about. Well Dungeness is a varied landscape of international scientific and environmental importance. A remarkable and unique variety of wildlife lives at Dungeness, including more than 600 different types of plant, a third of all those found in Britain. It is one of the best places in Britain to find insects such as moths, bees, beetles and spiders — many of which are very rare. Some aren't to be found anywhere else in Britain.



It's not just its environmental credentials that make this place fascinating though... The world's first submarine oil pipelines were laid between Dungeness and France during the second world war as part of Operation Pluto... Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio, conducted his tests in Dungeness in 1899, becoming the first person to transmit radio messages across the English Channel
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Britain's Sacred Sites

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Britain is scattered with sacred sites from the outlying islands off North Scotland to the far south of Cornwall. Our ancestors saw something special in certain parts of the land and deemed them more sacred than others. People are still drawn back to these places today and the belief and ritual that surround them. So what places did they deem more sacred than others and why are they so special? This time we are going to visit just four of these sites starting with one of the holy islands - Iona off the west coast of Scotland.



St Columba, the man credited with converting the Scottish Gaels to Christianity, fled or was driven out of Ireland in 563 AD. He attended the inauguration of King Aedan mac Gabhrain in 574 and for his efforts was awarded the island of Iona. A visit to Iona nowadays is all it takes to make a person understand why the place might have appealed to those early Christians. The island is undoubtedly a place of quiet peace. Whatever the weather the landscape is beautiful and restful to eye and heart. Religious belief is not required, Iona simply has the magic. Moving on we arrive in Glastonbury, Somerset now also famous for its Summer music festival which will with us in just a few weeks time.



The Tor itself is captivating, rising abruptly from a level plain which in ancient times at least, was flooded by the sea. It was for this reason that followers of the Arthur legend allowed themselves to see the Tor as Avalon, the island to which the king was carried so that he might recover from wounds suffered while fighting Mordred. Other folk myths have Joseph of Arimathea arrive at Glastonbury with his nephew Jesus Christ and the Holy Grail. His staff is supposed to have taken root as the Glastonbury thorn - that flowers at Christmas time - and the grail itself is said to be buried nearby
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Britain's Wonderful Wrecks

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In the Autumn of last year I published an article on Britain's Historic Harbours and following on from that I thought it worth taking a look at some of the more notable boat wrecks I have discovered on my journey round the British Isles. The wrecks usually provide a really good focal point with plenty of character and if you are lucky, also in some wonderful coastal scenery. Of the four locations I'm recalling two are in Scotland and one each in England and Wales. We'll start in Scotland on the Isle of Mull and certainly the most photographed wrecks on the island if not in the whole of Scotland. On the east coast of the island on the Sound of Mull is the village of Salen, approximately halfway between Craignure and Tobermory. The full name of the settlement is 'Sàilean Dubh Chaluim Chille' (the black little bay of St Columba). Nearly all of the boats names are no longer visible but after some research I have established one of is called "Girl Claire" The others being "Pavonia" and "Elsie May" hence the title of the image.



On another of the Scottish islands - Islay I discovered the wreck of the trawler "Wyre Majestic". She ran ashore on passage from Oban close to the Bunnahabhain Distillery. The rusting remains, visible in the middle right of the image still sit resting on the rocks, across the Sound from the Paps of Jura. The area in and around the Sound of Islay is a notorious graveyard of ships with over 50 wrecks catalogued. There are strong rips and currents that boil through the narrow sound and these have caught many vessels unawares.




Moving on now to the south east corner of England in Kent and the wonderfully strange landscape of Dungeness which is at the end of a mile and a half shingle promontory, between New Romney, Lydd and Camber on Romney Marsh. Motor fishing boat "Tina" lies on the beach and is a long way from the shoreline, which through a natural phenomenon known as Long Shore Drift, is now about 700 yards away
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Print of the Month - April 2017

Print of the Month - April 2017 | British Landscapes Photography | Scoop.it
At the foot of Yr Eifl, the tallest hills on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, lies the village of Trefor, which owes its very existence to the quarries on the hills above it. Granite from Yr Eifl quarry has been used to make Olympic Curling Stones, as well as many curb stones in the larger towns and cities of England and Wales.
Views from Yr Eifl, on a clear day, extend to Ireland, the whole of Cardigan Bay, Anglesey, Snowdonia, and the northern mountains of England. The centre peak, and tallest at 1,850, is called Garn Ganol; the most seaward, and smallest peak, is Garn For, which is home to the quarry.



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Britain's Beautiful Castles

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Britain's turbulent civil history has left it with a magnificent legacy of castles, built to intimidate and designed for defence, many now in ruin yet they continue to hold their auras of power and mystery. These imposing structures still dominate many areas of the British landscape. Some are large, famous and easy to find, while others are almost forgotten ruins. On my photo trips capturing castle images as not been a priority however there has been a number of occasions where I have come across castles that appear to be such an integral part of the landscape that I felt compelled to record my visit to the location. Many of the castles are well known but others are less so but they all help to create a fine landscape view. We start off in Scotland on the Kintyre peninsula.



Skipness Castle stands on the east side of the Kintyre peninsula with wonderful views over to the Isle of Arran, seen in the background. First construction was in the early 1200s by the MacSweens, with many later additions and fortifications in the 13th, 14th and 16th centuries, eventually being abandoned in the 17th century. In the late 1200s or early 1300s Kilbrannan Chapel (St Brendan's Chapel) was constructed on the nearby shoreline. There are a number of ancient burial slabs in the surrounding graveyard. Moving further up the west coast of Scotland 25 miles north of Oban lies Castle Stalker.



Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, it was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. In fact, its Gaelic name Caisteal Stalcair translates literally as 'Castle of the Hunter'. It sits at the mouth of Loch Laich (by Loch Linnhe) on a rocky islet known as the Rock of the Cormorants which is also the battle cry of the Stewarts of Appin. In the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Castle Stalker appeared as Castle Aaaargh. Now back south to two castles in England. Firstly on the north east coast in Northumberland we visit the village of Bamburgh
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Lighthouses around the British Coast - Part Two

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As part of my British landscapes series of articles some while ago I took a look at some of the Lighthouses around the British Coast and now it's time to see more lighthouses that I have visited on my trips round the British Isles. On this occasion I visit two on the "Royal Island" - Anglesey, one each in South Devon and the Isle of Wight and one in the Scottish Highlands. I'll start off on the Isle of Anglesey and its most famous lighthouse South Stack. Situated near the north west tip of Wales, the tiny islet known as South Stack Rock lies separated from Holyhead Island by 30 metres of turbulent sea, surging to and fro in continuous motion. The coastline from the breakwater and around the south western shore is made of large granite cliffs rising sheer from the sea to 60 metres. The South Stack Lighthouse has warned passing ships of the treacherous rocks below since its completion in 1809. The sleeve for the Roxy Music album 'Siren' featuring Jerry Hall was shot on the rocks below South Stack during the summer of 1975.



Next an image from my trip to the Isle of Wight and the Needles lighthouse. Set in the western approaches to the Isle of Wight, the Needles form a narrow chalky peninsula which rises from jagged rocks to 120m cliffs. These rocks have always been a hazard to ships making their way up the Solent to Portsmouth and Southampton Water. A helipad was built on top of the Needles Lighthouse in 1987.



The second lighthouse in England is again on the south coast in Devon at Start Point. Start Point is one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the South side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. The lighthouse, sited at the very end of the headland, has guided vessels in passage along the English Channel for over 150 years. The name "Start" derives from an Anglo-Saxon word steort, meaning a tail. This root also appears in the names of birds with distinctive tails, like the redstart
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Year in Review - 2016 - Scotland Bottom to Top

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Although my photo trips in 2016 were limited there is one stand out feature and that is they started in the Scottish Borders and finished by visiting the most northerly points on the British mainland including Cape Wrath on my North Coast 500 trip.
It is not my intention to repeat those trip reviews but to share a number of my favourite photos of the year. For those who have not already read those reviews you can catch up on them by following the highlighted links above.
My visit to the Scottish Borders started by passing through the Northumberland National Park which was celebrating it's 60th year since formation in 1956 so although I have other favourites from there I have only included the one below so I stick to the theme for this post. This is Hareshaw Linn or has I have renamed it - "Creative Cascades". Here the Hareshaw Burn plunges over a band of resistant sandstone overlying softer shales. The waterfall erodes the shales and undercuts the harder rocks which collapse in blocks allowing the flowing water to display creative cascades.
Follow the link to see and read more about my Northumberland - England's Most Tranquil Location trip.




Now into the Borders and two photos from the Eildon Hills and it's surroundings. First up is where I started my walk to the top of the hills. Originally a reservoir for a local hospital now privately owned it is known as Bowden Loch or by some as the Swan Pond. Eildon Mid Hill is prominent in the background centre left, with Eildon Little Hill to the right. Unfortunately my visit didn't coincide with when the water lilies were in full bloom.



Not the highest of the hills that form the Eildons but the summit of Eildon North Hill is crowned by the largest hill fort in Scotland. St. Cuthbert's Way crosses the Eildon Hills on its way from Melrose to Lindisfarne
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Print of the Month - December 2016

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For December's Print of the Month we are back in Scotland on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and one from my visit in 2010.
Saligo Bay sits in the north west corner of Islay. Atlantic waves break on the shore and westerly winds drive straight up the beach. Islay's most beautiful bay, according to many. From this point 3000 miles due west is the coast line of North America and only water in between. Saligo Bay offers one of the most beautiful light conditions according to some photographers and is a favourite spot for people to watch and photograph an Atlantic Sunset.



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Scotland's Route 66 - North Coast 500 - Applecross to Cape Wrath

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Welcome to the second part of my North Coast 500 photo trip starting this time from my overnight stop at Applecross. If you missed the start of this journey then I suggest you read Part One from Inverness to Applecross before returning to read about this stage.
Starting off from Applecross on a beautiful morning following the road around the peninsula I was treated to magnificent views across the Inner Sound to the Isles of Raasay, Rona and beyond the sunlit hills of the Isle of Skye before eventually arriving at Shieldaig.



After a short stop in Shieldaig the road started to climb out of the village and I was almost immediately presented with the view across the inlet of Ob Mheallaidh (Deceitful Bay), a bay on the southern shore of Upper Loch Torridon towards Beinn Alligin (Jewelled Mountain), Beinn Dearg (Red Mountain) and Liathach (The Grey One) all of which are over 3000 feet.
The Torridon Hills exhibit some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the British Isles, perhaps only surpassed in grandeur by The Cuillins on Skye. The rocks are made of Torridonian sandstone, some of which are crowned by white Cambrian quartzite. They are amongst the oldest rocks in Britain, and sit on yet older rocks, Lewisian gneiss.



Continuing on along the road above Loch Torridon the day started to fall apart. Shortly after the stop to take in the view above I stopped again pulling on to some gravel to take more photos. Immediately I got out of the camper I heard the noise of air coming out of one of the tyres and within two minutes it was completely flat. My heart sank and I wondered how I was going to sort this out in such a remote location. Whilst I had a spare wheel/tyre trying to change it on the sloping gravel would be too dangerous. I thought my best option was to drive up the hill to try to find some level ground where it could be changed. Fortunately I had better luck when I found a large lay by only a few yards further on at the top of the hill
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Scotland's Route 66 - North Coast 500 - Inverness to Applecross

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The North Coast 500 which launched in the Spring of 2015 is a 516 mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness. The North Coast 500 (Also known as NC500) was created by the North Highland Initiative and was designed to bring together the best of the north Highlands of Scotland in one iconic touring route.



The route was named fifth in Now Travel Magazine's "Top 6 Coastal Routes in the World" It has been described as "Scotland's Route 66". Whilst I have only driven a very small part of the "Route 66" over the years I have driven most of the roads now comprising the NC500. In fact the only part I have not driven before is some of the East coast return leg to Inverness and I am certain that at least on scenery alone the NC500 can more than match "Route 66"
Whilst I had already visited Scotland once this year on my trip to the Scottish Borders I never get tired of returning there especially when there is a reason to visit the West coast and the remote North Highlands. My journey started with a 500 mile day drive to Inverness and a rest before starting the route the following day.
Leaving my overnight stop on a beautiful morning and entering Inverness the first thing I noticed was that there are no signs directing you to the route. Having negotiated my way through the rush hour traffic I very quickly found myself driving along side the beautiful Beauly Firth eventually passing through Beauly and Muir of Ord. Twenty miles in the village of Contin and I came across the first and only signs of marketing for the NC500 and that was for a teeshirt and no I didn't buy one.



My first photo stop was at Rogie Falls which are accessible by a short walk from a road side car park. You can get up close to these impressive water falls on a new suspension bridge across the beautiful Black Water river
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