Blogging from the North of Scotland

Hunting the Aurora Borealis

Living in the north of Scotland, we are lucky from time to time to witness the Aurora Borealis. Last night the Aurora alerts were predicting an appearance so Lynn headed out with a group of photographers from in and around Inverness to capture the phenomena. It was decided that Roseisle Beach near Burghead, Moray would be a good spot for images as...

Rogie Falls and the Black Water

The latest trip to the Black Water didn’t involve hurtling down the river in kayaks, but a more leisurely stroll around the path to take a few photographs and practice the art of long exposure. It wasn’t the best of days weather-wise, although the overcast conditions are ideal for long exposure photography. The rain and spray from the river wer...

Rain, rain, rain…

The recent rain, although pretty unpleasant for most of us, supplied a bit of fun for local kayakers. On Tuesday, the SEPA gauge for the Black Water was up at 0.9m, which gives a reasonable pushy level on the river. These photos are of the classic drop above the old stone bridge known as the Silver Bridge (not to be confused with the bridge at L...

Tuesdays on the Moriston

From the beginning of May, Tuesdays mean only one thing to kayakers –the Moriston, a guaranteed Grade 4 river at the same level each week in the sun (hopefully!) and it’s only 45 minutes away from us at Invermoriston. There are often fellow boaters there from as far afield as Fort William and Aberdeen and it’s a chance for far north boaters t...

Rosemarkie Beach

Having an injured knee and the instruction not to do any hills has curtailed walking and cycling for the time being. However, Saturday was a pleasant day so we decided to wander along Rosemarkie Beach with the boys – the promise of cake at the end of the walk raised their enthusiasm level somewhat!       It’s a popular...

Beltane

It’s Beltane’s Day on Thursday – a pagan fire festival which goes back to pre-Christian times, which was supposed to encourage the crops to grow. In more recent times it has been a tradition for young girls to rise early to wash their faces in the dew on 1st May. This got me thinking about traditions that still continue. Just along the roa...

The Sutors of Cromarty

The Black Isle has many photogenic spots and this morning I got up with the larks to try and photograph the sunrise over the Sutors of Cromarty. It was a bit murky and the sunrise didn’t amount to spectacular skies, but sea and sky still provided some drama.   The Sutors of Cromarty are two opposing headlands which mark the entrance ...

Canoe polo on Loch Achilty

After the lovely balmy weather we had at the start of last week the weekend was a bit overcast and blowy. That didn’t stop the Highland Canoe Polo group getting out onto Loch Achilty, near Contin for their first outdoor match of the year. It looked great fun, if a bit chaotic at times!         For the uninitiat...

Signs of Spring

There’s still snow on the Ben (as Ben Wyvis is known around here), but we’ve now had three days of glorious sunshine and there are definitely signs that Spring is on the way. During a quick wander round the farm this afternoon, I saw that the gorse is starting to bloom – some gorse is almost always in flower, giving rise to the old country sa...

Back on the Blackwater

Today’s forecasted deluge didn’t really materialise, but there was enough water about for a quick trip down the Blackwater for Torquil and Lewis.

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