St Andrews, Blair Castle and Monarch of the Glen: Scottish Highlands: Trip Notes

Bound for “Monarch of the Glen” country, near Newtonmore in the Highlands today.  First stop St. Andrews golf course.  Luckily I had shots from last time because it pelted down with rain.  Forth Bridge and Hawe’s Inn, the model for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Kidnapped” needed a deviation off the main road but provided good shooting opportunities, even though the morning sun (a brief interlude) was not ideal.

Weather deteriorated again and had to shoot Scott’s “Discovery” (Antartic exploration tall ship) in the rain under an umbrella; the ship is permanently moored at Dundee on the River Tay.

Into the Highlands, sun came out in Pitlochrie.  Town a bit touristy, but there’s a hydro-electric dam and a fish ladder (for the salmon) a short walk away.  Shot of turbine hall through viewing window was very slow but turned out OK.

No photography inside the castle at Blair Castle but Diana’s Grove in the gardens provided interesting “woodland path” shots with the sun filtering through.  Just outside gates of Blair Athol there’s a field with a couple of long-haired Highland cattle conveniently lying around waiting to be photographed.  A longer lens, I used 80-200 zoom, brings them close enough.  The best one was hiding his face behind a thistle and refused all entreaties to move, but you may be luckier.

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