Welcome to the Scotland360° Mountaineering PhotoBlog

Welcome to the Scotland 360° Photoblog. Accounts of great trips out, with photography of some of Scotland's wild and scenic places are laid out below and on the linked pages. Enjoy the narrative and the images and I hope these inspire you.

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A superb viewpoint from Beinn Enaiglair

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A day out on the hills, just after New Year. Beinn Enaiglair sits just above Braemore Junction between the Fannaichs and Beinn Dearg.

From a golden sunrise through to long distance views to the surrounding snow capped peaks, this was a great day out. It was hard going on the way up as the snow crust frequently gave way underfoot, but the views from the top more than made up for the effort.

Scotland360° High Mountain Phototour

26th and 27th May 2017 Mountaineering Photography
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May Bank Holiday weekend and a plan that had been several months in the making... Fliss, Viv and Rob had booked on a Scotland360° "High Mountain" photography weekend, with the aspiration to see and to photograph the sunset and the sunrise from a mountain top in North West Scotland.

Our luck was definitely in!. With sunset views and pastel colours over the Assynt hills and across the Minch; some six hours later the sun rose as a vivid ball of fire over Ben More Assynt. The blog post tells the story...

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team Training Day

5th February 2017 Mountaineering
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Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team has a training exercise every month, with different themes according to the skills and practices which are needed for team members. Each year, we try to have a training day with the HM Coastguard helicopter based in Dalcross, just outside Inverness and last Sunday was an oportunity to train with the crew of the search and rescue helicopter.

Ruadh Stac Mhor Sunlight

August 2012Photography
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Each year, the Great Wilderness Challenge takes place in one of Scotland's wildest areas; a gruelling endurance sporting event which, over the last 27 years, has raised just under £2.5 million pounds for charity. The large entry of walkers and runners are assisted by many volunteers; organisers, marshalls and safety support teams. Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team provides safety cover for the 25 mile route from Corrie Hallie at Dundonnell, through the hills to Poolewe; a distance of some 25 miles. Two way radios allow the team members at checkpoints to communicate with each other, relaying information and progress reports. We provide a radio link from the summit of Ruadh Stac Mhor which ensures that team members can communicate along the length of the route and with each of the checkpoints. Ruadh Stac Mhor is the immediate neighbour to A'Mhaighdean, itself regarded by most as the remotest of the Scottish Munros.

Since 2005, I have enjoyed the experience of making it to the summit of Ruadh Stac Mhor the night before, camping out on the summit and providing the link to other checkpoints during the event. Some years, the weather is distinctly dismal; wet, misty, windy and cold. But when the light and the weather are right, there is no better viewpoint.

Winter Day in Kintail

16th March 2008Photography
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Friday evening and time to make plans for the hills for the weekend. We agreed that Sunday was to be the day, with Mick suggesting the Sgurr nan Conbhairean ridge in Kintail, but from the Glen Affric side. This sounded a good winter day out, taking in three tops and two summits and on a route that was a little different from the norm.

Dundonnell MRT Winter Training Week

6th March 2008Photography
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When planning the Team Training and Exercise List for 2008, we had originally hoped to go to Norway for a week's winter training about this time of year. For various reasons, this didn't happen, but as a precursor to a foreign trip in 2009, we decided to organise a week in Scotland, based in the Aviemore/Newtonmore area, allowing us an opportunity to hone up winter skills on a reasonable snow base.

Winter Mountain Leader Training

March 2008Photography
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As you may have seen from the "About" page, I hold my Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Award from the Scottish Mountain Leader Training Board. Gaining my Summer ML was supposed to be a good confirmation that I could handle myself out on the hills in Summer. Bit by bit, however, I found myself being drawn to the idea of aiming towards the Winter ML Award. Encouraged by Donald and Mick from the team, who were also considering their Winter ML, so it was that the three of us found ourselves at Glenmore Lodge at the start of the week, contemplating the next six days of training in advance of eventual assessment.

The group of 12 was fairly mixed, but included the usual mix of aspirants and Mountain Rescue Team members (the three of us from Dundonnell MRT, one from Kintail MRT and two from RAF Valley MRT in Wales).From the start of the week, the weather was looking none too optimistic, with high winds forecast. This was one week where the forecasters were absolutely spot on….!! Nothing for it, this was a syllabus course and we were committed to being out on the hills by this stage. For a bit of fun I've plotted out the maximum and mean forecasts for the week. On two occasions during the course, the maximum wind speed reached over 100mph and, as you will see from the account, one week of wind!!

A Perfect Winter Day

6th March 2008Photography
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Mid January and the forecast setting fair for the weekend. Sitting at lunch in the office on Friday, looking out of the window, discussing plans and wondering if the weather would hold for the next day…. The skiing, hillwalking and outdoor activities forecasts were all optimistic and there were reports of a bumper day's skiing on Cairngorm that day.

A Winter Day on Cairngorm

3rd February 2007Mountaineering
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A February day on Cairngorm with pals, with great light and with great views to the surrounding hills.

From Cairngorm, we were treated to fabulous views to Braeriach, Cairn Toul, The Devils Point, The Angel's Peak, Ben Alder, Beinn Mheadhoin, Beinn a' Bhuird and many other hills in the far distance. With clear skies and long distance views, this was a classic winter day out and one to savour!

Stob a' Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

19th September 2006Photography
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A series of photographs in the hills of Stob a' Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar with long views to Rannoch Moor and to the hills of Glencoe.

A round of the Corrour Hills

18th & 19th March 2006Photography
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A weekend with pals on the Corrour hills. Dropped off by the train at Corrour station on the Saturday morning, we had a superb winter day crossing the tops of Carn Dearg and Sgor Choinnich with an overnight stop at one of the cottages at Corrour Lodge. The following day saw us return to Corrour station via Ben na Lap on the south side of Loch Ossian. A great winter day out!

Above the clouds on Ruadh Stac Mhor

August 2005Photography
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The weekend of the annual Great Wilderness Challenge was approaching and the Mountain Rescue Team was preparing to assist with the provision of safety cover and radio relays. Bill Amos and I had agreed that this year I would accompany him to Checkpoint 8, high on the summit of Ruadh Stac Mor. This is a key position in ensuring communications from the start point at Corrie Hallie to the finish point at Poolewe.

The plan was to set off on the Friday, the day before the race and to install ourselves at the summit of Ruadh Stac Mor that evening in preparation for the Saturday. A landrover trip from Poolewe to the boathouse at the Fionn Loch followed by a boat trip up the loch saw us at Carnmore bothy late on Friday afternoon and ready to make our way up to the summit.

About Scotland360°

Welcome to the Scotland360° website from Angus Mackie.

Featuring web based, interactive images and video of Scotland and the Scottish outdoors, there are several key themes running through the site.

Scottish mountain photography, sea kayaking photography around Scotland's beautiful and varied coastline, Scottish landscapes and iconic locations in Scotland are all showcased within the website.

Compiled from images taken over the last 35 years of living, working and exploring in the Highlands, this website is a resource, a shop window and a travelogue featuring Scotland as I know and enjoy it. I hope my photography inspires you to enjoy the land and the locations as much as I do.

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Thank you

Angus Mackie

The Black Isle, Scottish Highlands
07780 787034

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