Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scenery of the Lochs in the Scottish Highlands - very beautiful

A lake in Scotland along with the greenery and hills on the shore
A lake in Scotland along with the greenery and hills on the shore (More photos at this link)
Scotland is famous the world over for its beauty, and attracts a huge number of visitors every year who come here to admire the place and travel. Particularly, they come to see the Scottish Highlands, and while places like Edinburgh are beautiful, it is the Scottish Highlands that attract those visitors who come here to see the beauty of the place; they come to see the lochs (the Scottish and Irish word for lakes), they come to see the hills and mountains, the rugged outdoors and the fabulous view of nature everywhere. If you can make it, you should come here to see this place.

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Loch Duich and the surroundings in the Scottish Highlands
Loch Duich and the surroundings in the Scottish Highlands (View more photos here)
The Lochs in the Scottish Highlands tend to be narrow but long. So when you are next to a lake, you can see that the loch extends far beyond the horizon to the left and right, but you can easily see the opposite end of the Loch (different from the traditional round nature of a lake). However, this is a photo of the shore of the Loch right next to the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. This is a typical view of a Loch, with the water and with green covered mountains right next to it.

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A small island in the water of a lake in the Scottish Highlands
A small island in the water of a lake in the Scottish Highlands (Get more such photos here)
Scotland is teeming with Lochs, big and small. Some of them are huge, with the most famous one, Loch Ness being as much as 230 meter deep. Others are smaller, and some of them are fresh water Lochs while are sea water Lochs. The interesting point about these Lochs is that they are narrow (even Loch Ness, which is 36 km long, is only 2.3 km wide at its widest point). In this case, this is a very small strip of rock emerging from the surface of this Loch, located very close to the Skye Bridge. The only use for this small strip of land seems to to allow birds to land, although a small swell would be enough to cover this patch of land.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The structure of the Stirling Castle, seen from a lower level

View of the structure of Stirling Castle as seen from a lower level of the castle
View of the structure of Stirling Castle as seen from a lower level of the castle (More photos at this link)
The structure of Stirling Castle, as seen from a lower level (near the entrance, near the car parking). The Stirling Castle played a very significant role during the medieval centuries, when there was a fight ongoing for the Scots to retain their independence from the English, and there was also fighting going on between the different Scots for power. The Castle is surrounded by a high wall, and is itself located on a volcanic spur, much higher than the neighboring region, making it more

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Staff with ladders for maintenance of the wall and creepers at Stirling Castle
Staff with ladders for maintenance of the wall and creepers at Stirling Castle (View more photos at this link)
Historical monuments (especially those that are several centuries old) require a lot of maintenance. Just the sheer size of these monuments, and being exposed to different weather conditions, can cause a lot of damage and wear and tear. And with their heritage value, as well as having a large number of tourists visiting them on a regular basis, the need for maintenance is on a regular basis. In the photo, one can see maintenance workers on the wall of the Stirling Castle.

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Parking area and ticketing counter at the Stirling Castle in Scotland
Parking area and ticketing counter at the Stirling Castle in Scotland (More photos at this link)
The parking lot near the entrance to the Stirling Castle. Even though the parking lot is as close to the entrance as possible, given the size of the structure, there will be some walking required, and any visitor will need to be aware of that. Having such a parking lot is extremely important because of the number of visitors to the Castle on a regular basis.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The imposing structure of the Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands

Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle in front with a dry part of the lake
Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle in front with a dry part of the lake (More photos at this link)
A view of the historic Eilean Donan Castle, located on a small island (which has the same name), located in Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands. The castle was in the thick of many uprisings and other battles till it was finally overrun and destroyed in 1719. The current structure and the bridge were reconstructed in the early part of the 20th century with the same feel as the older building, and now is one of the most famous castles in Scotland (having appeared in many movies as well) and has been photographed a huge number of times. Right in front of the castle is a Scottish Flag, called the Saltire.

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The Eilean Donan Castle along with the stone bridge in front with a dry part of the lake
The Eilean Donan Castle along with the stone bridge in front with a dry part of the lake (More photos here)
A view of the entire Eilean Donan Castle (located on its own island) along with the bridge connecting the castle to the mainland. The part of the lake surrounding the island is dry, and one can see the dry portion of the lake with no growth on the lake bed (for land under the lake, if it is only dry for some time, then there can be very little growth on such land). There was light coming from the clouds, with the light seemingly projecting onto the entire setting).

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Tourists trying to get a vantage view of the Eilean Doonan Castle in Scotland
Tourists trying to get a vantage view of the Eilean Doonan Castle in Scotland (More photos at this link)
Tourists on a vantage point near the Eilean Donan Castle. The Castle is located close to the Isle of Skye, and is an exceedingly beautiful castle. These rocks provide a great side view of the castle, and these visitors were having a great vantage view.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands - very beautiful castle

Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle and water nearby
Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle and water nearby (More photos here)
The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, located on the shore of Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands. The castle was part of the history of infighting during the medieval ages, but was then blown up in 1719 to prevent any further fighting using the castle as a base. The current structure of the castle was rebuilt between 1919 and 1932, along with the bridge (seen in the current photo) that connected the islands to the mainland, and now allows a large number of tourists to pay the entry charge and make their way inside the castle. The island is a pretty small castle, and at points, the water level recedes enough that anybody can directly walk to the island.

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Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle with a thin stream of water
Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle (more photos here)
Another view of the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle located on the shore of Loch Duich. There is a small bridge that connects the island to the mainland, and is also the way that tourists can come to visit the island. At this point of time, the water levels are low, and a lot of the surrounding of the castle are uncovered, and the lake bed at this point of time shows that it was under water (visible as the brown surface of the land without any green cover). This very thin channel of water that was visible in this photo, flowing through the greenery was very interesting, since it was just a trickle.

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Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle
Structure of the Eilean Donan Castle with a stone bridge connecting the castle (More photos of castle here)
Another close up view of the Eilean Donan Castle in this photo, showing the stone structure of the castle as well as the bridge connecting the castle (and the island on which the castle is located) to the mainland. Way back in 1719, the castle was destroyed to prevent it being the base of any further uprising, and it was only in the early 20th century that the castle was reconstructed along with the bridge in front. Now, this is one of the most famous castles in Scotland and particularly one of the most photographed structures in Scotland.

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