Loch Awe in spring - Photo courtesy of Neil Donald Photography

Friday, 12 May 2017

Hitting the Road

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll

I have been feeling sorry for myself lately because I had convinced myself I did not have time to travel to new locations. The pesky day job was not allowing any time away or so I thought.

A few weeks ago a fellow local photographer Ally Deans suggested a mid week day trip, as I had the day off I agreed to join him. We set off just after midnight so that we would arrive at Loch Awe for the sunrise. It would be a long day but one that would well worth it and it has given me the proverbial kick up the rear end to get out there when I can.

Loch Awe at first light

Fortunately the following week mine and Audrey's day off coincided so instead of spending a rare day together I headed off at midnight for Glen Affric. I am very lucky that she understands.

We had been to Glen Affric a few years ago however the weather was against us with the drizzling rain coming off the hills in fits and starts. This trip the weather was on my side to a degree. The beautiful sunny skies later in the day were not ideal for taking photographs;

Glen Affric
 but photographers are never happy with the lighting conditions.
 I travelled far and wide eventually ending up at Eilean Donan Castle. The tide and light were against me at this point my only option was to start the long journey home.

So from now on with the days becoming longer I will be hitting the road in search of new locations at every chance.




  1. So glad you intend grabbing every moment to do what you enjoy best, Neil. Who could resist that image of Loch Awe at first light? Off to have a nosey at Ally Deans photography too. : )

    1. Thank you Rae it was so peaceful and still. No excuses now for me.

  2. Stunning photos, Neil, as always.

  3. Absolutely beautiful photos. Makes me want to visit Scotland again.

  4. This has served to remind me how I used to walk down to the beach and watch the sun rise when they were little. Why don't I do it just for me now? Watch this space - alarm clock all set for tomorrow!

    1. Oooops ..... that should have been 'with my children when they were little' too much photo excitement!

  5. So lovely. Sounds like hard work but worth it (specially for us who see the photos without the effort!)