We took a journey by car through the middle of Scotland along Loch Ness to the city of Inverness1, and stayed at a local bed and breakfast for the night. Inverness is considered the Gateway to the Highlands because it’s the most northern industrialized city. It has neither the urban conveniences of a modern city or the historical character of an old one, so remains something of a ho-hum subject in itself, but our short stay was just to break up the drive, and along the way was some of the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever encountered.
Scotland has long been on the top of my list of places to visit for exactly these types landscapes, but my favourite things to take pictures of are these farm houses under the mountains. At the same time, they’re a challenge to photograph because little details like sheep and streams of water running through the cracks of mountains disappear when trying to capture the sheer scale of the ranges.
The sun hasn’t been around much. When it rains it’s a fine spray, almost mist-like, but it can be just so dense that you’d get just as wet as if it was coming down in “stair rods” as they like to say here. The clouds hang low and shroud the tops of trees and mountains, making you feel like you’re right at the door of heaven.
- Meaning “Mouth of the River Ness” in Gaelic. [↩]