A peaceful paddle into lonely Loch Teacuisr

A peaceful paddle into lonely Loch Teacuisr

A peaceful paddle into lonely Loch Teacuis

Staying at Resipole campsite this Easter provided Tania and me with an opportunity to explore Loch Sunart and the surrounding area. Meeting up with Steve that week, we decided that a trip into Loch Teacuis was in order.

I lived on the Morvern Peninsula some 30 years ago and had always wanted to approach Loch Teacuis and Barr by sea. This was the perfect opportunity - the weather was settled and the day was looking good..

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A superb viewpoint from Beinn Enaiglair

A superb viewpoint from Beinn Enaiglair

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.

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Scotland360° High Mountain Phototour

Scotland360° High Mountain Phototour

Scotland360° High Mountain Phototour

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...

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Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team

Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team Training Day

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.

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Sea Kayaking

A Sea Kayaking Journey around Tarbat Ness

There always seems to be one January weekend each year with clear skies and glorious sunshine, often associated with mists and inversions. For 2017, the 21st January was just such a day on such a weekend. We were itching to get out in the sea kayaks again and the forecast for the weekend was looking great.

I've wanted to paddle around the Tarbat Ness peninsula for a while now and here was the opportunity for our first paddle of 2017. Tarbat Ness lighthouse is one of the Stevenson lighthouses, the second tallest in the UK and it sits on the driest place in Scotland.

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Sea Kayaking

From Kylerhea to Sandaig with the tide - and back again....

The Sandaig Islands have been on my kayaking bucket list for quite some time now. Situated at the southern end of the Kylerhea narrows and overlooking Skye and Glenelg, Sandaig is the setting for Gavin Maxwell's classic tale, "Ring of Bright Water", his story of living with otters on a secluded and remote corner of Wester Ross.

Tania and I had a few days on Skye and and the conditions were looking perfect for a paddle from Kylerhea to Sandaig and back again.... The forecast was settled, the tides were in our favour and we had the company of a couple of other paddlers - George from Greece and Roar from Norway.

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St Kilda Sea Kayaking Expedition
St Kilda Sea Kayaking Expedition
St Kilda Sea Kayaking Expedition

A superlative St Kilda Sea Kayak Expedition with Skyak Adventures

Tania and I had the opportunity in July to join one of the Skyak Adventures sea kayaking trips to St Kilda. Led by Gordon Brown, this is a must on any sea kayaker's "to do" list. I have been to St Kilda several times before, but this trip had the promise and all the ingredients of being somewhat special!

Based on board the MV Cuma for a week, we kayaked every day exploring firstly the island of Scarp and then, for the highlight of the week, four great days out on St Kilda. Our other fellow explorers were a great bunch and, to top it all, the weather went from wild, wet and windy, almost overnight to being sunny, warm and glorious.

The essential ingredients all combined to provide us with an amazing trip, fantastic company, great conditions when we needed them, awesome sea kayaking, and stunning scenery on the archipelago of superlatives. The views of the islands and the wildlife are unique from a sea kayak and whilst on any visit to St Kilda, the weather plays a large part in determining just how accessible the islands are, we were genuinely lucky to be able to kayak every day, exploring every island, every stac and almost every cave during our four days on St Kilda.

With so many photographs to share, I have divided the trip into the respective days and posted these as separate pages and I hope you enjoy them.

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Sea Kayaking

Arisaig Sea Kayaking

A few days in Arisaig and an opportunity to use our kayaks to explore the surrounding area and the wonderful coastline. With paddling trips to the Arisaig skerries, to Koydart and taking some time to chill and to enjoy time together, this was quality time. Making use of capable boats, great weather and the urge to explore, we toured the area and found our way into some beautiful nooks and crannies along the coastline.

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Panoramic Photography on the Summit of Beinn Dearg

Panoramic Photography on the Summit of Beinn Dearg

Panoramic Photography on the Summit of Beinn Dearg

At 1084m high, Beinn Dearg, near Ullapool is one of the highest hills in the local area. Approached from Inverlael and then up Gleann na Squaib, the walk into this hill provides superb views onto the northern crags of Beinn Dearg.

The interactive panorama below was a test piece for BBC Scotland. I had been commissioned to provide a series of interactive mountain panoramas and was scoping out the requirements of the commission. 360° Panoramic photography has advanced considerably since 2009 and this particular project was possibly ahead of its time. It did however allow for some invaluable developments for panoramic photography.

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Beinn Dearg 360 panorama


Click on the image above to access the high resolution composite panorama. This 360° interactive panorama can be panned and zoomed and has a number of embedded hotspots.

Navigate the hotspots inside the panorama for a virtual tour of the summit of Beinn Dearg.

To see more of my interactive Panoramic photographs, please follow the link buttons below:

360° Landscapes

And if you would like more background on the day, head on over to the Blog post:

360° Photography on Beinn Dearg
Liathach Traverse

The Traverse of Liathach

July and the height of summer saw Tania, Mick and me heading for Liathach and the full traverse of arguably one of Scotland's finest mountains.

The plan was to follow the classic route from east to west and the forecast for the day was certainly in our favour. Heading across to Torridon, Beinn Eighe was gradually clearing from an overnight covering of mist and the day was looking promising.

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Liathach Traverse

A Perfect Winter Day

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.

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The plateau looking towards Sgor Gaoith.
A round of the Corrour Hills

A round of the Corrour Hills

A round of the Corrour Hills

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!

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Above the clouds on Ruadh Stac Mhor

Above the clouds on Ruadh Stac Mhor

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.

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