Friday, October 03, 2014

Photos of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands along with an island

Scotland is famous for its Lochs, the lakes that are present all over the area of the Scottish Highlands. If you are wondering why a lake is called a Loch, it is the Scottish (and Irish) name for a Loch. These water bodies are pretty famous for the beauty they impart to the region, and for attracting visitors to the Scottish Highlands. A large number of these lakes are right next to hills, and are long and narrow. Some of them can be pretty deep, with depths of upto 200 meter or more. One of the most famous such Loch is Loch Ness, which has been supposed to have a large monster in it, affectionately known as Nessie. In the photos below, this is a depiction of a small section of a Loch which is less well settled, with no traces of civilization being shown next to the Loch. The scene is as nature would have liked to be, with no buildings on the lake, no people boating or sailing on the lake, and with the shore of the loch forming an irregular pattern. There was a highway right next to the Loch, and one could quickly reach this spot, and admire the beauty of the location. We spent close to an hour here, just watching the movement of the water, the slightly cold temperature, and almost had to force each other to leave.


Irregular shore line of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands
Irregular shore line of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands (More photos / Prints of this photo)
This kind of shoreline looks so beautiful. The Loch is pretty narrow over here, and there is this small and narrow strip of land that projects into the Loch. Standing on this narrow strip of land, there would be a great view of the Loch all around you.



Island on the other side of the narrow section of the Loch
Island on the other side of the narrow section of the Loch (More photos)
A small island on the other side of a narrow section of the Loch. The whole place looked totally natural, no presence of civilization and people nearby (although I am sure there might be houses or other facilities somewhere close by). This Loch was pretty long, since it went on for long stretches on both sides, but the width of the Loch was very narrow at this point.




Zoomed view of the island seen in the previous photo
Zoomed view of the island seen in the previous photo (More photos)
A view with more zoom of the island seen in the previous photo. The island has a rocky shore, and does look totally uninhabited, adding to the charm of the location. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beauty of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands along with hills

One of the most famous attractions of Scotland (and the Scottish Highlands) are the numerous Lochs that are present all through (Loch is the Scottish/Irish name for lake). These are formed in different configurations, with some forming along a natural fault in the earth, and others forming on the sides of hills. Typically most Lochs are not very wide, being long and narrow. Many of these Lochs have been kept unspoiled, with the natural outdoors look, and look very beautiful. So, typically you have Lochs along with hills / mountains being very beautiful.


Water of a Loch along with hills in the Scottish Highlands
Water of a Loch along with hills in the Scottish Highlands (More photos here)
The calm waters of a Loch along with the hill right next to the Loch. The hill (as in previous photos) is covered with scrub / sparse vegetation, and with the rock of the surface of the hill showing. The whole appearance of the hill is that of a beautiful natural outdoors look. If you look closely at the water, you will see the surface of the water seems disturbed for part of the surface, and looks totally calm for the rest of the surface. There is no sign of civilization here, just nature and the unspoiled look of the lake.





The narrow section of a Loch between a hill and the shore on the other side
The narrow section of a Loch between a hill and the shore on the other side (More photos here)
This photo is one of my favorite photos, showing the absolute beauty of the Scottish Highlands. There is the hill with sparse vegetation (showing the rugged nature, since the greenery on the hills is sparse, and it is mostly rocky) and with a Loch right next to the hill. The Loch can be pretty long, but the width of the water is pretty narrow, which is something that I have seen in most of the Lakes that I saw in Scotland. It looks exceedingly beautiful; we had stopped at the side of a highway, and could see this wonderful sight, just standing there at the shore of the lake and enjoying the view, the wind and the calm. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Low mountains and hills in the Scottish Highlands, with their scrub

The Scottish Highlands is a beautiful part of Great Britain. Its region of great rugged outdoors, hills and mountains, lochs, and abundant greenery make for a beautiful location to which a large number of tourists want to visit. In addition to a large number of lakes, there is the incredible weather, and castles that dot the region in different places. Some of the places will seem like any other town (although the surroundings will be far more beautiful) while others will seem far more isolated and yet beautiful. For example, the photos below have been taken from a highway passing through the region, showing some of the hills (covered with scrub) in the region.

Hills in the Scottish Highlands, covered with scrub
Hills in the Scottish Highlands, covered with scrub (More photos here)
2 hills in the Scottish Highlands, both covered with scrub. Most of the hills in this region are covered with Scrub, not even grasses or lush vegetation (maybe because of the local weather and soil conditions - if anybody knows the answer, please mention so in the comments). The weather overhead is not yet rainy, but it could change at any instant and become darker and start raining.



Sheer cliff and rocky face of one of the hills in the Scottish Highlands
Sheer cliff and rocky face of one of the hills in the Scottish Highlands (More photos here)
The sheer cliff face of a hill in the Scottish Highlands. The top part of the hill is covered in sparse vegetation, but it looks like the impact of weather or some more sudden event caused the erosion of the cliff face and fall of the side of the hill. This kind of cliff face, although not very high, is something that is treasured by climbers who like this kind of challenge (this particular one would be more used for training rather than for any serious activity).

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Passing through the mountains of the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a rugged area of Scotland, famous for its mountains and lakes (Lochs). Some of the places are now well settled, so they can hardly be called rugged, but there are large chunks of area that are rugged, and beautiful. Many of these places are easy to visit, with highways passing through them; you just need to step off the highway when you are near a Loch or a mountain and you can see the full beauty of nature in the Highlands. In the following photos, you are actually seeing nature close to the highway which passes through, although if you were not seeing the highway, you would not be easily able to make out that this place is connected to civilization. The presence of lakes also provides a place to enjoy water sports, which can also be seen.


Multiple hills in the Scottish Highlands with wires in front
Multiple hills in the Scottish Highlands with wires in front (More photos)
Hills in the Scottish Highlands. These seem sufficiently rugged, with almost no habitation on the hills. The dark clouds overhead complete the notion that this is an outdoors place, as nature intended. However, then you have wires passing in front of the view, which provides proof of the presence of civilization all around you along with the highway on which you are traveling on.




Hill in the Scottish Highlands with scrub and other vegetation
Hill in the Scottish Highlands with scrub and other vegetation (More photos)
This is a view of a hill in the Scottish Highlands. Even though these hills are not very high, they do not have thick vegetation. The vegetation in this region of the Scottish Highlands is mostly scrub, and on this mountain you can see scrub and exposed rock.




On a highway passing through the Scottish Highlands (More photos / Prints)
Who would not want to travel on such a road ? A lovely road passing through the Scottish Highlands, with trees, greenery and mountains on one side, and a stream on the other side (this point is actually a bridge). One can keep on driving easily on such a highway (as long as one does not run into any emergency, in which case it could take some time to get help).




Boats in a Loch in the Scottish Highlands
Boats in a Loch in the Scottish Highlands (More photos / Prints)
With so many lakes in the Scottish Highlands, recreational facilities are also available in plenty. I don't know which Loch is this, but there are many boats here. On the other side of the loch are houses and other such buildings, and a lot of greenery above the buildings.

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