Skyfall - Glencoe/Glen Etive
Well well well, CNN have named Scotland as the world's top destination for 2013 citing "racing through Scotland's dramatic countryside" as just the ticket in 2013.
Glencoe gives me the heebie jeebies ( and I'm not even a MacDonald) but there is nothing like
a romp through this green and pleasant land.
This week I have been doing just that around Loch Lomond which has been a cool glass of water for my fevered spirits.
The Great Glen divides the nation. To the east are rolling lands and a soft natural beauty, but the west of Scotland is made from a very distinct tectonic plate which was once part of Greenland and Norway. Here the land rises as if a giant's fist has punched up from the underworld; creating a landscape of rugged sharp crags, the violence of which is tempered by our noble guardians, forests of ash, beech, birch and stalwart oaks.
Surprisingly I have seen very little of my own land. From the age of 17, any time I had any money my one thought was: 'Get out of Dodge', now I am starting to explore my home.
cuties at the local alpaca farm
Part of the West Highland Way.
gratuitous summer time shot of the same spot.
Of course the local pub got more than a look in but only for coffee and cake,
The Drovers - Rob Roy Macgregor's local.