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West Coast Wonders (part 1)

by Clare Mansell
West Coast Wonders (part 1)
Mallaig harbour
Silver sands of Morar
On the sands at Morar
Near Castle Tioram
Castle Tioram
Mull ferry
Castle Tioram, Scotlan's west coast
Beer in front of the fire
The 'original' Calgary
Calgary bay, Isle Of Mull
Tobermory, Isle Of Mull
Loch Lagan
Ardvasar, Isle Of Skye
Jacobite steam train, Glenfinnan viaduct

It’s no good… I’ve wasted far too much time on photos already today… I’m going to have to do this post in two parts!

You hear it said a lot, that the west coast of Scotland is “stunning” and you don’t think much more of it, but after spending this week rambling over hills, driving round lochs and hopping across islands, I have to tell you it is all of that and more!

If it had been created as part of a virtual world you’d think it too indulgent. Round every corner there is a loch, or a ruined castle or a view that takes your breath away. Of course it is not perfect, we got VERY lucky with the weather this week and we mostly avoided the midges too. Some people come on holiday to Scotland and just get bitten and rained on – we did not.

So photos from top left then…

Mallaig Harbour
The Silver Sands of Morar
The dogs enjoying their holiday
Two views from and of Castle Tioram
The ferry to the Isle Of Mull
Castle Tioram
Fireside evening drink (yes, even in July)
The original Calgary
Calgary Bay
Tobermory, Isle Of Mull
Loch Lagan
Ardvasar, Isle Of Skye
Jacobite Steam train on the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter

More photos later in the week. In the meantime, shall I put the kettle on? Are you all now booking flights to come and see Scotland?

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14 comments

Susanna July 31, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Fantastic! I hadn’t realised just how picturesque it was there.

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dancingbeastie July 31, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Hello, I just found you through Sian’s blog ‘Life on a small island’. Your photography is really stunning, even allowing for the general stunning-ness (?!) of west highland scenery. (I can’t believe you managed to catch the Jacobite right in the middle of Glenfinnan Viaduct! We stood under the viaduct in the rain and midges and waited in vain!) May I ask what camera you use? I am in need of an upgrade – though I know that the right equipment is only the start.

These photos bring back many happy memories for me. I won’t be making it to my native west coast this summer and am feeling a little twitchy about it – so thank you very much for sharing a taste of it.

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A Home In The Highlands July 31, 2011 - 10:03 pm

Hello Dancing Beastie! Apologies for the lack of direct reply, I tried to find your email on your blog, but couldn’t. I shoot with a Nikon D90 which I love, but I have a LOT to learn! 🙂 I have actually this week discovered a great little compact ebook about SLR photography which I’ll do a post about in a few days… And with the Glenfinnan viaduct it was all planned! I checked the timetable before we did the trip! 😉

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Donna July 31, 2011 - 11:43 pm

The silver sands of morar looks a bit like your blog header! I love your blog – such a nice escape for me. The photographs are beautiful!

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A Home In The Highlands August 1, 2011 - 7:27 am

Thanks Donna, what a lovely comment to wake up to! 🙂

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Iain August 1, 2011 - 9:38 am

Lovely photos. As a Scot, they bring back memories and make me hope to return to the West Coast again some day – before too long.

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dancingbeastie August 1, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Thank you very much for the camera info. Much appreciated. I will start saving!

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Jennyff August 1, 2011 - 5:41 pm

The tourist board will be proud of you, fantastic photographs.

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Would Like To Be A Yummy Mummy August 2, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Wow,looks like you are living in another beautiful place. Looking forward to reading all about your adventures. When is your baby due by the way? Have a little something for you xx

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Kathy August 3, 2011 - 4:57 am

Your lovely photos have given me itchy feet and an urge to check the travel money stash (alas, I know it’s diminished:( Each time we have travelled to the UK, we visit the west of Scotland, but can usually only manage brief forays. Next trip we plan to do the reverse – visit Scotland with a brief foray into Cumbria to see family!
Cheers from Australia

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A Home In The Highlands August 3, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Baby is due on 17th Karen, so two weeks today!

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domestikated August 5, 2011 - 10:52 pm

Oh wow, you went to Mull? It is my most favourite part of the country, we used to holiday there when I was little. Glad you had a fabulous time!

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Isisjem August 8, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Wow! Stunning photographs. My mum’s favourite country although I’ve never been.

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