We packed up and headed North again on Monday. Those of you who have been following for a while will know that we are heading to the West coast village of Plockton, but the route there is stunning, no matter how many times I drive it. Each season brings something new, and the clouds and sun are never the same twice, giving us a magical show played out across the mountains. Once we’re over the Cairngorms the scenery opens up into a wonderful display of lochs, glens and mountains, and I thought I would share a few of the views we passed in soft evening light. The first one is taken looking up Loch Garry, not far past the commando memorial.
This beautiful sunburst is taken just round the corner, looking back up Loch Loyne. It’s a fresh water loch which always seems to have some stunning lighting and cloud effects over the mountain layers falling away behind it, but on Monday it was breathtaking. The atmosphere of clouds, mist and shimmering water weaves the air of mystery and awe which is so abundant on Scotland’s West coast.
Not far round the next corner the sun was piercing the clouds above Loch Clunie, to give us this beautiful light show over the water. The rays of light bursting through the clouds gives such a beautiful sight that you can’t help sighing with pleasure all along the edge of this man made reservoir.
Then we head into the beautiful and atmospheric Glen Shiel where the ghosts of countless warriors lie just beneath the heather and peat. It’s a beautiful peaceful Glen on a warm summers day, but when the clouds gather and light drops the spirits come out to play.
It’s not far now as we pass along the mainland side of Loch Alsh, looking out over the water towards the mountains of Skye. The clouds begin to split and patches of blue sky appear. The sun lays a trail of sparkling stars in her late light, and the soft green hills welcome us back. Another beautiful drive, which can only remind me over and over that no moment, no sight is ever repeated. All we can do is to drink in life as it unfolds around us, giving us moments where it seems as though the divine might just have opened the clouds and touched the earth. But if we don’t stay awake we might miss the whole beautiful show.