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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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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