Friday, 17 September 2010

Glen Turret

Photos of Glen Turret, near Crieff in Perthshire, taken in summer 2004 when I walked the nearby hill called Choinneachain Hill, 787m.

Loch Turret

Loch Turret, heather
View to Ben Chonzie

A landscape created by glaciers

Highland Cattle

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Recent Bird Sightings

Ringed Plover, near PooleweBlack-throated Divers, Slaggan Bay Cormorants and divers, Slaggan Bay Black-backed Gull, Slaggan Bay Local Buzzards

Sgurr na Coinnich, Skye

On my first visit to the Isle of Skye in September 2008, I hiked up the hill Sgurr na Coinnich, 739m.

There isn't a path up to the summit, just have to find your way through the heather and up the hillside.

The steep, pathless climb was worth it - but the best bit of the walk? Seeing three Golden Eagles soaring right past us, before they headed onwards towards Kylerhea. Not our first Golden Eagle encounter; we had two fly close by when hiking up Ben Ledi near Callendar a few years earlier.

I'm hoping to hike up nearby Ben Aslak soon.

Here's some pictures from that walk:

View across to Glenelg
The pathless way up
Golden eagles - Thankfully they made a noise,
so I definitely knew they weren't buzzards!View of Broadford and the CuillinsApplecross penninsular and Skye BridgeKyle of Lochalsh
Loch Alsh

Friday, 3 September 2010

Peacock Butterflies

I went for a walk in the Ochil Hills yesterday morning. It was a glorious day with blue sky, warm sunshine and a fabulous landscape.

I came across some Peacock Butterflies sunning themselves on a patch of thistles. There were lots of them flying about, interspersing the pink and fluffy cotton heads of the thistles with their bright orange/red wings.