Sunday, January 18, 2009

Highland and Hebrides adventure...

over a wee dram of whisky the night we arrived in perth we planned a madcap trip with alot of "definitely need to see this'es" and not enough days, and a massive storm front moving in across northern scotland...

doesn matter let's go!

thelma and louise hire a marble and burn off into the scary highlands
thinking about the poor fellas like rob roy sheltering in just their kilts and plaid over night
and hoping the marble doesnt blow off a mountain pass with us in it ...



drumnadrochit pass still open


heading for the highlands



loch ness first "nessy" sighting


loch ness cant stop cant stop ...but but ...

second nessy sighting remains unrecorded at the head of the lake...
ahem "loch"




on the ferry to stornaway force 10 gale
we took some fairly heavy sideways hits
i naturally stayed outside loving it on the lee side of the boat :)

stornaway...lightbulb tree


...and finally ... the callanish .... alot of folk standing around and not a human in sight ...
could not have been better




island of lewis ...a barren and beautiful place.. full of weather


and houses of folk who havent made it
or made it and finished it here

geese and hens sheltering on plough blades ...
one foolhardy hen braved it and got blown away while i was watching....
poooorrrr!!!

crofters lands

gearannan black house village
we stayed here
it was brilliant !!!

our house ... with part of the roof missing !!!!
(we discovered this later )

collected a strange stone from this beach under the full moon

heading for the island of Harris...
it is necessary to pass through .....

Mordor




Harris





you can see exactly where the tweeds colours come from






so much water everywhere ...even on the top of the hills
potholes and rivulets everywhere ...
fortunately i brought my gumboots and bought some waterproof trousers
polar explorer
direct from antarctica me


pierrot sheep

ferry to uig mid storm again
not full scale like the first one though

isle of skye



um ok... i guess it is a rental...

third and final nessy sighting !!!


getting near fort augustus
where i ate haggis
and liked it
...Stewart blood will out ...









want to go back
now!

22 comments:

ChichiBoulie said...

How breathtaking! I can't believe we lived in the UK for 4+ years and never made it to Scotland despite all our talking about it. You've inspired me to go for it now. So gorgeous!

ArtMind said...

Pure beauty! Like a fresh wind passing by - want.to.go.too.NOW! ;)
Thanks for making me look so green... :)

Nicole said...

Wow - there are just so many stunning pictures here, I don't know where to begin. Wow, wow, wow! I am both in awe of you and a little bit jealous. :)

ingermaaike said...

Ach bonnie lass, you need the empty spaces. I can tell from the most utterly unbelievably fantastic pictures I am seeing here. Come adorn my barn and I will show you more empty places! Doing my 4th looking now..

kraplap said...

want to go back too ! I miss it... and your pictures do give my heart a pang again. We lived there for 3 happy years, and I told my hubby I want to get old there. Well, I have to wait a few more years for that ....

Amanda Yu said...

incredible nature of beauty! serenity :) Thanks for sharing!

Star of the East said...

wowwwww These pictures are amazing!! I will check in again when I'm less tired to look in them with all my attention!

vadjutka said...

Ah, it must have been gorgeous!!
Scotland is definitely onmy wanted list.

Sigmosaics said...

can see you had a fantastic trip to the highlands! I loved it there too .. it is indeed a land of beauty and so wild and rugged and beautiful .. not to mention cold! Your photo's are great .. think the Loch nessy one is the best :D

l'actrice said...

Never been there, but it looks stunning:-)

Littlellama said...

Beautiful pictures of a bautiful country!!

Vicky said...

This is too beautiful for words, I hope you had a great time. Wish I go there sometime as well :)

dindi said...

braw!!

Pamela Angus said...

fab photos - I see it was wet and windy (as always!) but it looks gorgeous in any weather. I'm concerned about the little hen blown away :(

Heli said...

Oh wowwww!
I think Scotland is so different than others and would love to visit there one day!
Your photos are duper-super inviting :)

karuski said...

How spooky but exciting! I loved the moss and bridge pictures the most, have to admit:D

minna

jealousydesign said...

I looks like a fairytale!

jealousydesign said...

btw I've nominated you for a blog award. Please stop by and pick it up!

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Wonderful balance of gorgeous scenery shots and personality pics. Enjoyed the trip... now I just have to get myself there in "reality." heh heh

michiko said...

Incredible landscapes!
It's a shame I never got a chance to visit Scotland while I lived in UK.
The photos are SO beautiful, thanks for sharing!

sarah said...

that is a cool post! your so cool! i had to laugh about the rental car!

X by Leina Neima said...

hehe - Mitsy already said it - thanks for making me look so green... :) and thanks for that roaring laugh, I needed it!

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