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.

Weekend in the Isle of Arran

Arran has been on my to do list for a while and finally an opportunity presented itself to visit this beautiful little island when my walking group organised a weekend trip. We stayed in Brodick, where the ferry lands, and also the biggest town/village.

Needless to say, despite being so little, the island offers a lot. Geology, history, walks, landscapes, views…

4 days spent there were not enough and I would definitely want to come back to discover more.

Walks done:

Day 1: Glenashdale falls from Whiting Bay, Eas Mor waterfall near Kildonan, walk around Brodick, all walks – around 8 miles.

Day 2: Lochranza to Laggan, then back over the hills – 10 miles.

Day 3: Brodick – Fairy Glen – Glen Cloy (6 miles)

Day 4: King’s Caves (3 miles), Machrie Farm (3 miles), Brodick country park (ca. 2 miles).

Came home knackered, went to work to rest 🙂

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.

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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