Borders, drone, photography, Scotland, sights

Smailholm Tower

It has been a while since I wrote on this blog. I am not too sure what path to take as far as online presence but I do enjoy having some presence 🙂 I am just not great with words, prefer visual story-telling…

Anyway, I have recently become a drone owner. Aerial photography fascinated me for a long time, and now with drones becoming so popular, it is even more accessible. It gives new perspective on familiar things, too. I do not own lots of expensive equipment so find it hard to compete with people who seem to have been able to purchase quite expensive kit or do not feel gravitation pulling them as hard as myself in the morning. I do love to observe and follow other photographers, though and my hat always goes off to those who can sleep on top of a mountain or get up early in the morning to get those beautiful shots.

Coming back to the drone – it is such great fun flying it and I have enjoyed sharing my images on various social platforms.

Let me present a couple of photos from my recent trip to the Scottish Borders, an area which is really scenic and full of dark history, and yet not that popular, aside from a couple of places. I visited a few spots and learnt about a lot more to visit.

Smailholm Tower is a tower-house/castle near the village of Smailholm, located near a farm but still quite isolated in the landscape and enjoying a great vantage point. There is a pond there that offers loads of great compositions when filled with water, however, this was not the case this time.

I took a couple of shots and clips and I hope you like them.

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Borders, photography, Scotland, Walking

Cademuir Hill in the Scottish Borders

Yesterday, despite not too good weather forecast and a bit of fear I decided to join one of the friendly groups on a walk near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. I am, after all, quite heavy, and this was to be 8 miles on a hill (not the highest in Scotland, but still). Luckily, the pace was slow enough for me and the weather turned out to be magnificent. So magnificent that we could see a full rainbow and there was also double rainbow after a short rainy spell.

8 miles was quite challenging at the beginning but definitely worth it. The views… Scottish Borders are just magnificent. And the Tweed valley in particular. We walked past Neidpath Castle whose setting is just stunning.

One of the best walks so far.

Borders, Nature, photography, Scotland, Walking

St. Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders

I got inspired by beautiful photos of a like-minded photographer that showcased the trees and mystical atmosphere of this loch and decided to explore it. Initially I wanted to walk around it as apparently there is a circular path, but I couldn’t find it (I did later on). Not too sure how long this whole adventure would take, we just walked about 4 miles on part of the Southern Upland Way admiring the loch, enjoying peace (hardly anybody there) and the hills of the Scottish Borders.

Borders, Nature, Rivers, Walking

Peebles – Tweed Walk

Peebles is probably one of the most picturesque towns in Scotland. It is also a very popular destination for tourists of all sorts, walkers, mountain bikers… Very beautiful location, a range of little shops and chain eateries make it a great destination for a day out.

With Gentle Jaunts we ventured on a walk which was probably one of the best walks I have ever been.

Starting at the King’s Meadows car park, it follows the Tweed towards Neidpath Castle. Then between the hills, crossing the river and heading back you pass the Barns House with an old tower. A detour will take you through the disused railway tunnel which was much longer than I expected. Generally, it offers spectacular views of the river Tweed, the castle, a couple of old bridges and the hills.