Highlands road trip

My best friend visited me for a couple of days and I took her up north to Fort William and Oban. Great road trip showcasing some of the most beautiful scenery of Scotland including Macbeth, Trainspotting, Harry Potter and other filming locations. The weather was typically Scottish but it cleared towards the end of the day allowing for a short walk in Oban with the best fish and chips ever for our tea.

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.

A touch of frost

Today’s morning was fantastic. Initially I wanted to photograph the atmospheric mist and chose to travel to Balerno. However, it was glorious sunshine when I arrived at Red Moss car park. Still I managed to capture the wonderful play of frost and light. And did part of the Nine Mile Burn walk, which is definitely something I will explore further in the future.

Tyninghame Beach walk

One of my favourite beaches near Edinburgh. Always popular with families, campers and all sorts of walkers and horse riders.

A varied mixture of sands and rocks of various shapes and colours offers a relaxing day, ideal for a picnic or a walk.

A nearby cafe in the village offers great cakes and drinks.

A walk led by myself was 4 miles long, we took the high path first and then just strolled the beach. There are plenty horses about and this particular white one is my favourite.

 

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Cammo Estate in Edinburgh

Cammo Estate is a place that enchants in all seasons. Located in the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh, it is an abandoned estate that was partly destroyed in fire, partly demolished.

Every time you visit it, you discover something new. I am particularly fond of the Cammo Tower, which used to be a water tower powered by wind. However, you want to think that it was a mysterious hideout or a folly tower…

Recent autumn walk with the Strollers did not disappoint. The route led from the old Cramond Brig by the river Almond through the estate and back. Magical…

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Almondell

Although Livingston is not the most beautiful place in the world, it has some hidden gems and beauty spots. One of those is Almondell Country park, offering a variety of activities, walking, barbecuing, picnicking, horse riding etc. Good for a short outing and a good couple of hours walk. Beautiful wooded area with Almond river through. I took my walking pals here a couple of times. It was beautiful in spring, great in late summer. Hope I will catch it with the foliage changing colours.

The walk was almost 6 miles long, took us just under 3 hours.

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.

My tree alley in Balerno

I follow a couple (well… dozens of) photographers in various social networking sites and they will always give you ideas of places to see or share some inspiration. Or more often, make you jealous that they got somewhere before I did.

This is how I found out about this beautiful alley of old trees. All I knew was that it was somewhere in Balerno (which is quite close to where I live). So when an opportunity presented itself to join a group for a walk there, I did not hesitate. I kept asking everybody if they knew where ‘my alley’ was and we got there! To my group’s amusement, I was most excited that I found this beautiful spot.

Today I persuaded a friend to go there to capture ‘my alley’ with lush green fresh leaves.

Beautiful as ever…