Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Storr, Isle of Skye

The Isle of  Skye is the largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides.

The  Storr is a rocky hill and presents a steep rocky eastern face. The area has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles, the remnants of ancient landslips. One of the most famous of these is known as the Old Man of Storr.

Eilean Donan Castle

The original castle was built against the Vikings in the early 13th century and was recaptured, and then demolished, by three Royal Navy frigates in May 1719. Between 1919 and 1932 the castle was restored and in 1983 The Conchra Charitable Trust was formed by the Macrae family to care for the Castle.

The island Eilean Donan is the home of the Clan Macrae and in 2001 the island had a population of one person…

… but I missed the Higlander the third time :-(

On the way…

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain (1.344 metres) in Great Britain and is located close to the town of Fort William.

Waterfall, Isle of Skye

Around Glencoe

Glen Coe lies in the southern part of the Lochaber committee area of Highland Council. It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The main settlement is the village of Glencoe.

Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond (974 metres) is mountain in the Scottish Highlands and is situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. It is the most southerly and  one of the most popular of all Munros.

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond is the largest loch/lake in Great Britain and contains many islands. It is lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands and is now part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The loch is featured in a well-known song which was first published around 1841:

Oh, ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.

The original author is unkown, but the song has been recorded by many performers over the years.

A nice evening at the Clyde

These photos were taken during a very sunny and warm April evening in Glasgow.

The former docklands site on the south bank of the River Clyde  is the site of the Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow Tower and the headquarter for the BBC Scotland and STV. At the opposite, the Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo) and other new buildings found their places. In addition, several new bridges spanning the River Clyde have been built, including the Clyde Arc Bridge (Squinty Bridge) and others at Tradestone and Springfield Quay.

University of Glasgow and Kelvingrove Park

The University was founded in 1451 and is located on Gilmorehill in the West End of the city. Most of the buildings are designed in the Gothic revival style.