Penicuik House Estate

Another good walk with the Strollers in an area I would not consider visiting myself, simply because I did not know about it.

Great views of the Pentland hills, brushed with snow as we had some snowfall recently, interesting history and architecture. There are a number of monuments/follies spread around the estate, a ruin of a house that burned down and the current house of the owners which used to be stables. It made for a fine 5 miles in brisk weather.

Hope you like the pictures that I took that day

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Corrie Fee in the Cairngorms

As a geography degree holder, a trip to the Corrie Fee reserve was a must and it took me 3 attempts to find it (usually the problem was that some paths were closed due to tree felling).

The walk takes you along a 2-3 mile wide forestry track to the ‘amphitheatre of glacial landscape’ as it is called in visitscotland website.

Least to say, it did not disappoint. Erratics, moraine, cliffs, meandering river, deeply cut post-glacial valley – must make a good field trip for a geography lesson.

 

Photo locations in Edinburgh – Dean Village

Have you been to Edinburgh? You have…

You probably wandered around the castle, walked the Royal Mile, maybe ventured onto Arthur’s Seat. But here is a little treat…

Not so far from West End is Dean Village. Not only set on the Water of Leith, taking your breath away when you just look at it, but having a wee wander is like stepping in time.

I ventured with a friend on an early Sunday morning hoping for a spectacular sunrise, which did not happen unfortunately, but still we had the place to ourselves.

Here is a couple of photos

Related posts:

Photo locations – Edinburgh part 1

My Edinburgh

Edinburgh

 

Best autumn walks

I am not a great fan of autumn, but it does offer splendid walking and photographic opportunities if the weather is decent.

I thought I would compile a couple of ideas for autumn walking. These are my favourite places for an autumn walk where you can be with nature and experience the great autumn colours to snap a couple of shots.

  1. Hermitage of Braid in Edinburgh

Nice and easy to get to if you live in Edinburgh. Great place for a short walk and a coffee afterwards in the café near the entrance. It is not that long, about 4 miles but can be extended by walking onto Blackford hill for great views of Edinburgh.

2. Cammo Estate

One of my all time favourites because it is different in every season and so varied. Walking from Cramond Brig you can see some ponies, great nature, nice old bridges, ruins of a homestead, and of course the estate itself. Plus it is really easy to get to. I have been here many times and it is never boring.

Distance – around 4 miles.

See: Cammo Estate in Edinburgh

3. Water of Leith – Colinton Dell

One of the most popular walks in Edinburgh which takes you through a varied terrain. My favourite part needs to be around Colinton and Spylaw Park.

Distance – around 4 miles.

4. Gifford – Yester castle

I love, love, love this walk! Firstly, Gifford is a lovely little village of the beaten track. It has lovely architecture and cafes. Secondly, the walk to Yester Castle and seeing Hobgoblin Ha’ is an interesting experience in itself. Walk can be expanded to even 8 miles by walking to Garvald which is nice as well.

Distance – between 4 and 8 miles.

5. Hermitage in Dunkeld

I must admit – I have not been there in a long time, but this place is a must in autumn. I have seen photos from other photographers and they were always amazing. Plenty of paths in Tay Forest park, lovely cathedral and river Tay, plus hermitage itself will make a nice day out.

Distance – 2 miles plus

6. Pitlochry to Killiecrankie along the river Garry.

Again, another one I gave a miss for a long time but it is a really really good walk. Plus you get great views from Garry Bridge, Soldier’s leap and afterwards you have Pitlochry to enjoy which is oh so nice!

Distance: about 6 miles.

7. Almondell Country Park

This one is so close to me as I can walk there from my house. The walk from visitor centre to Linn’s Mill is particularly nice and not that popular. And the views are quite scenic and varied.

Distance: about 5 miles.

I have created a map that shows some points of interest:

autumn walks

Hope you like them and will enjoy the walks!

 

 

 

 

Glasgow Mural Trail

Encouraged by seeing a lot of fellow photographers and online communities, and also because my illness would not allow me to have a long walk that I would normally have, I decided to head to Glasgow to discover the famous murals.

Glasgow is not a place that is easy to photograph. It does not jump at you. It could be described as ugly, messy, chaotic… But there are definitely things to discover there.

One of the projects to beautify the streets of Glasgow, was commissioning a couple of artists to decorate some buildings in the centre with murals in hope of attracting tourism. They are amazing, and it is a treasure hunt trying to find them. Some are stunning, some are just ok, some are in not the nicest places or surrounded by bins, or located in dark corners where strange things happen.

Anyway, it is something different and definitely worth doing.

One downside to it is that two of the murals were taken down. View of the Clyde was replaced with windows of a gym and Five Faces (both seemed really cool in pictures) was just taken down by the council.

Needless to say, it was still a bit of walk although all of them are in the centre and quite close to each other.

I used information from here and here

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The views from North Berwick Law

North Berwick is a little town in East Lothian which is a popular weekend destination for all kinds of people – some are walkers, some just like to enjoy the famous chippy, some like to have a stroll around the shops (which are nice) or spend some time in one of many cafes or play golf.

All in all, it satisfies needs of many and mine, too. With Edinburgh strollers we enjoyed a Saturday walk along the beach, then through the town and the park and up North Berwick Law, which is part of an extinct volcano.

Wild ponies were a bit of a surprise, as they are usually seen on nearby Traprain Law, and the views never disappoint. You can see as far as Edinburgh and admire Tantallon Castle, Bass Rock and the rural landscape.

 

Photo locations – Edinburgh part 1

Recently I have visited Peak District and came across a book that gave me an idea of sharing some local knowledge.

If you wonder where to head to take beautiful photos of Edinburgh then I hope you will make use of some little hints and tips in this post.

If you find the information here useful – let me know in a comment or a message. I will do my best to share more knowledge in the following weeks.

So… Edinburgh…

Beautiful city that enchants with its history and architecture. I am sure you have seen loads of magnificent photos and wonder where to go to get the best views of the city, so here is a couple of practical tips.

Calton Hill

It is probably one of the best places to head to get views of Princes Street, Balmoral Hotel tower, and the old town. Most postcards will feature the view from just near The Old Observatory House. Another view is that of Princes Street taken from the bottom of Nelson Monument.

On the other side you get the views of Arthur’s Seat and the Crags, and the north of the town – Leith and the firth of the Forth.

Best times to visit: very early morning or at sunset. It can be really busy!

Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat

Great for the photos of Edinburgh Castle (especially the Crags), Royal Mile, Calton Hill, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. All round views from top of Arthur’s Seat.

Best times to visit: anytime. Arthur’s Seat can be busy and windy!

 

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Calton Hill from the Crags at sunset

 

Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle

These are great but extremely busy. Some magnificent photos can be taken of closes in Royal Mile (especially White Horse Close near Holyrood and the Parliament, Barrie’s Close near the Court Building, Writer’s Court). Closes are interesting on its own and well worth exploring. Check this site for more info: Royal Mile closes map

Other points of interest on the Royal Mile – Tolbooth Building, St. Giles cathedral, Upper Bow, Victoria Street, Cockburn Street, Canongate Kirkyard. Unfortunately, cars and tourists make it a difficult place to photograph.

Edinburgh Castle

It is a bit tricky to photograph but offers unparalleled views of the Old and New Town and the Forth.

Best times to visit: very early morning or night (but be careful).

Greyfriar’s

Another iconic location – everybody must know Bobby and the statue of a little dog. Plus the kirkyard nearby make it an interesting and exciting place to visit.

When to visit: anytime.

Scott Monument and Princes Street

Climbing Scott Monument gives the opportunity to enjoy great views of Princes Street and the Castle. Well worth the effort and the £5, can be a bit claustrophobic though.

When to visit: during opening times (usually 9-5).

As far as Princes Street is concerned, a stroll through the gardens gives you a chance of not having to navigate around aimless wanderers, plus there is a well known Gardener’s cottage, Statue of Bear Wojtek, and at the end of Princes Street – Ross Fountain and yet another classic view of the castle, plus St. John’s Kirkyard.

Best time to visit: anytime.

Grassmarket and the Vennel

Another great location for photos of the castle, cobbled square, view up Victoria Street. One of my favourites.

 

Best time to visit: any time, particularly good at night and sunrise (but again-be careful).

Contact me if you ever want to go for a wander around Edinburgh and I will happily show you all the places.

More photos in my posts: Edinburgh 1 and Edinburgh 2.

More of my work on Flickr, 500px and Facebook.

My Edinburgh

Very early morning on a Saturday… The thing I was dreaming about was staying in bed and yet I decided, joined with two recently met photo hobbyists, to take a walk through Edinburgh almost empty streets.

It is not the real Edinburgh, as you should smell the afterparty and see the rubbish that is left, or the seagulls ripping apart bags of waste… Or homeless people sleeping in cemeteries or at the doorstep of St. Giles cathedral.

But it is the place I came to love, that I keep discovering each and every time I wander around.

Camping in Lake District – day 1

Last weekend camping in Lake District…

Nights were freezing, days were much warmer… though I bet on much warmer weather than in Scotland. Well, I guess not this time…

But as far as walking, views and thrills alike are concerned – great area.

Day 1 we walked up Cat Bells – a hill that is lower than most but still a good challenge and offering wonderful views over Derwent Water.

Then just a couple of random places to fill the day – Bowder Stone, Lodore Falls, Brassenthwaite.

Altogether I gather we walked around 10 miles. And the sunset over Derwent Water was just a cherry on top. And then another cold night in the tent.