Sunday, February 03, 2013

Images of Scotland

I was going through my photos when I came across these photos I took while I was living in Scotland.

I lived in Edinburgh from August 1992 to February 1998 and these photos were taken in 1997. The ones I've chosen for this post are of scenes that would have changed little, if any, since then. There aren't many of Edinburgh, as there have been quite a few changes since I left, and none of Glasgow. There are quite a few photos from the Isle of Skye and the highlands, as well as others of rural scenes and towns.

Instead of writing about every photo, I've used links in the captions (where possible) to take you to further reading on the photo/subject. At the end of the post are several links to various Scottish tourism links (including Edinburgh and Glasgow).

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We'll start in Edinburgh...

Hanover Street in the city centre on a foggy November day.
Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, with Edinburgh behind.
Waverley Gardens in the city centre on a summer's day - the locals were out catching some rays.
The Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street in the city centre.
Duddingston Kirk.
Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park.
Looking down on the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, from partially up Arthur's Seat. 
The above photo is of two golfers playing a round at Prestonfield Golf Course and was taken one January morning in 1993, during my first Edinburgh winter (it was taken from the road that circles Arthur's Seat). I was driving around looking for a 'winter' photo and saw the lovely light cast across the undulating surface of the golf course. I parked the car and got out to have a closer look when I saw these two, who were the only people playing that morning. The problem was they were about three holes away from where I'd framed up this photo, so I had to wait around nearly half-an-hour for them to walk into frame. For those of you who don't know, Edinburgh gets 'a bit chilly' in winter and, this being my first Scottish winter and me being from sub-tropical Brisbane, I nearly froze to death waiting for them. Luckily for me, when they did walk into frame, I couldn't have asked them to do a better job of doing what I wanted. My patience was rewarded when the Edinburgh Evening News, who I was working for that day, used the photo on page 17 of the newspaper and ran it as the entire page.

From Edinburgh on the east coast, we'll head over to the west coast and have a look at the Isle of Skye and the Scottish highlands...

Isle of Skye

The Skye Bridge, connecting the Isle of Skye to the mainland. There was a toll but it was abolished in 2004.
Portree harbour. Portree is the largest town on Skye.
Portree harbour - another angle.
Sheep have right of way.
The village of Stein.
The Fairy Bridge.
The Old Man of Storr ('pointy' rock on the horizon).
Grey seals near Dunvegan Castle.
Dunvegan Castle.
Stills in the Talisker whisky distillery.
A thatched roofed cottage on Skye.
Cold and blustery day.
English and Gaelic road sign.
Dunvegan Bakery 'billboard' beside the road.
Stream beside the road.
Boats tied up.
Petrol pump. Don't think it worked.
Give way...
Quiraing mountain range.

The highlands

Not very far from the Skye Bridge is the village of Plockton.
You don't want to hit one of these!

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Kintail Pass.
Winter, highlands style.
Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.
One of the Five Sisters of Kintail - Sgurr na Moraich.
Always tartan for sale somewhere!
Dalwhinnie distillery.
Who needs a fridge?

Leaving the west coast and heading east...

Leslie Castle, Aberdeenshire.
The Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee.
Broughty Castle, Dundee.
Broughty Ferry high street.
St. Andrews - looking down a street to the old abbey (ruin).
Driving through a ruin, St. Andrews.
The Old Course at St. Andrews is the home of golf. I never photographed an Open at the Old Course but I was lucky enough to be there the day one of the game's greats, Arnold Palmer (above), played his last ever round at the Old Course. His last Open at the Old Course was in 1995 but he returned in 1996 to play one last round (why, I can't remember) and I was lucky enough to get sent along by the Daily Mail to photograph the event. Quite a few photographers were there to get him teeing off at the 1st but I followed him all the way around and got this photo of him on the Swilkan Bridge on the 18th fairway. He stopped on the Swilkan Bridge during his final round in 1995 and posed for a similar photo or the world's sporting media but I was the only one there that day.

Many people travel to Scotland to play golf and there are a myriad of sites. A Google search of 'golf tours Scotland' will bring up many sites for you to choose from.

Anstruther - a lovely fishing village around 15km (9 miles) to the south-east of St. Andrews.
It's home to the Anstruther Fish Bar - possibly the most famous 'chippy' (fish'n'chip shop) in Scotland.
Rattray church in the twin burghs of Blairgowrie and Rattray.
Blairgowrie town centre.
Crieff town centre.
The abandoned gatehouse at Monzie Castle near Crieff.

So we come to the end of this wee Scottish journey and what better way to end it then with a photo of a whisky distillery, this one being Glenturret, two miles north-west of Crieff...

Links that may come in handy -

Visit Scotland website
Edinburgh and the Lothians
See Glasgow
Loch Ness
Castles in Scotland
Visit Highlands
Scottish whisky distilleries
St. Andrews Links (golf course)

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I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of Scotland. If I'd known about this blog in 1997 I would have taken more photos but it wasn't to be.

I lived in Scotland for over five years, so if you do have any questions, please drop me a line and I'll see what I can do -



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1 comment:

Philip Hoekstra said...

Love these old photos of Scotland. I lived and worked in Crieff in 2002. The old castle gate at Monzie had been lovingly restored at the time, and I believe someone lived in it. Not sure about 2016 though! I am South African and has not been back to Scotland since then.