Monday, 8 September 2008

Whirlwind week

Mum flew into Inverness last Monday and was greeted by the best weather Scotland could offer - bright blue skies with little fluffy white clouds. But as we travelled north, the storms from the south started to catch up with us and overtook us at Golspie:

Storm approaching

Storm front

On Tuesday we went to Lybster for lunch and then on up the coast to John O'Groats to book our ferry tickets. There's a big clump of pampas grass near the pottery there and it was covered in sparrows, all munching on the seeds:

Sparrow on pampus grass (2)

Wednesday was Orkney, a whistle-stop coach tour of the sightseeing highlights. I was hoping we'd see some sealife on the ferry, but apart from a brief glimpse of a common seal's head, nothing breached the surface.

Orkney was fabulous - I think I'll have to go back when I'm not tied to a coach tour schedule and don't have 40 other people traipsing round the same place at the same time. We went to the Ring of Brodgar:

Ring of Brodgar (1)

and St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall:

St Magnus nave

We spent Thursday recovering and didn't go too far, but we did go to Strathy:

Strathy grey

and to Castlehill:

Ruined cottage (1)

(infrared filter used on that, I like the way it makes the grass go soft).

On Friday we went west, past Torrisdale Bay:

Torrisdale bay

and on to Talmine:

Talmine wreck

Today we went down Strath Halladale and saw grouse, buzzards, deer and, best of all, a golden eagle - shame that none of them stopped long enough to be photographed!

1 comment:

smilimano said...

Hi,
those pics really from Scotland? They are wonderful! :)
Wish I were there! :)