Sunday, March 01, 2015

Beauty of a Loch (one among many) in the Scottish Highlands

The terrain of the Scottish Highlands is wonderful when you are driving on the highway that runs through different sections of it. The presence of Lochs, of hills, of taller sections of hills that have rock (but not much of ice) and abundant greenery makes for an interesting drive through the region. When driving in the region, suddenly you will come across a Loch where there is no real mark of civilization;  where you can see the natural beauty of the area. Our journey started by driving out from Edinburgh, and within a few hours, we came across the first Loch. The road had a side parking area, atleast one where you could stop, there was little traffic on the highway, and just trees everywhere with the water of the Loch visible through the trees (or one could go through the trees and get closer to the water). As we moved along, came across different types of lakes, some bigger than the others, some which had a shore where one could go easily to the Loch, and others which were located at a lower level than the road and it was not possible to go down.


Irregular shoreline of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands
Irregular shoreline of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands (More photos | Get prints)

Just like the above photo, there are more photos that show the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. For example, the next photos shows an expanse of a nameless Loch that is much wider and apparently the water would be much deeper. In this place, there was no way to get to the shore, since the water level was much below the road, almost like a cliff kind of feel. The Loch looked beautiful, and almost unspoiled (if you ignore the fact that there is a highway through which we got there).

Rugged outdoors and waters of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands
Rugged outdoors and waters of a Loch in the Scottish Highlands (More photos / Prints)

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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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