An ongoing series of photos taken around the Benderloch area of the Scottish West Highlands. If you would like more information about the area, including tourist and "where to stay" info please visit the Benderloch website - link on sidebar. Enjoy the pictures, and remember that if you click on a picture a larger version will open. Steve.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Clouds and Moon, Benderloch

Just around sunset but looking east.
I was fascinated by the streaming shapes of the cloud, especially the lower one like a comb or an upside-down wave. The bright thing is the moon.
This was the original as the camera took it.

I put the photo through Phtotshop and an auto-correct filter brought out these sunset colours. Fascinating.

Click picture to enlarge - its worth it!

Highland Cattle

I took this on the way back from the beach (see Tralee Walk, below).

From the car, near south Shian, Benderloch, the next day.

Tralee Walk

A nice Sunday afternoon so plenty of people went to the beach by a variety of means.

We walked.

Riders on the Tralee road on the way to the beach.

Looking east over the dunes to the sand and sea.
Benderloch is under the hill.

Sailing in one of the dinghies from the Tralee Caravan Park.

More - Tralee walk

Horse riding on Tralee beach with dog.

Splashing through the waves
(This was taken from a movie so quality reflects this.)

It looks quite late in the day, but really its mid-afternoon
and the sky was blue but hazy.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Deer, Benderloch

Roe deer spotted on a croft in Benderloch village on 27/3/07
Click the picture to enlarge.

I spotted this deer a few days later in the woods about half a mile from the other picture.

"Summer" cruises re-commence

The Hebridean Princess berthed at the north pier, Oban on 22 March 07.
This ship makes luxury cruises around the Hebridean islands and beyond throughout the summer season. Last year she was chartered by the Queen for her annual family holiday.

In the distance is the island of Mull, and you'll spot snow still on the hills.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

After the snow

Foraging for mussels on the shore of Loch Creran
(Added 10 May - I entered this photo in a Rural Life in Scotland competition and while it didn't win, it is featured at the top of the list of runners-up.)

Beached boat, Loch Linnhe

Panoramic view of Loch Linnhe

There was quite a bit of snow on 19/20 March.
We even had a nice covering here at sea level first thing on the Monday
On Tuesday the sun had returned and we took a drive up past Loch Creran and Loch Linnhe to Ballachulish and Glencoe. Glorious sun on the coast but a bit more cloudy in the glen.

There's a full picture album here. Click on the "Glencoe trip" album.

Loch Linnhe

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Glencoe - March snow

Glencoe is about a 35 minute drive north of home and we took a drive up there on Tuesday. There had been some snow in the previous few days - we even had some on the coast here in Benderloch. By the time the sun came out 24 hrs later most of the snow had gone from the low ground but the mountains were quite dramatic.

More pictures should appear above when I've had time to sort out te best ones.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Forest walk

I took this picture on a walk in Ben Lora Forest in February specifically for a competition entry. The competition is a new monthy one run by the Scottish Rural Gateway under the theme "Living in Rural Scotland". I wanted to get the feeling of a cold, winter walk and decided to show the bare tree branches in an almost monochrome scene, with the scarf providing the one bit of colour.
If the link still works you can view the February competition results at
(if the link is invisible go to

For what its worth I didn't win but got displayed in the gallery of the best entries. The winning photo shows the guizers lighting their torches at the annual Up-Helly-Aa festival at Lerwick in Shetland and is a worthy winner. Have a look and submit an entry to the next contest if you can.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Moon eclipse - view from Benderloch

Total moon eclipse 3 March 07.
Picture taken at 22:38 - just a few minutes before "totality".
Shot using manual exposure on Nikon with optical zoom lens.