Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A Day Around the Trossachs in Scotland

Been trying to get around a bit to capture some of the lovely autumn colours.

A combination of not being at my best, and the mixed weather, has delayed this little venture of mine and I've been hoping I don't miss the best of it.

Getting up this morning I decided I'd give it a go even though the forecast was mixed.

Having walked Maya and done my other bits and pieces I headed off a bit later than I would have liked.

It's at times like this you really realise how few hours of daylight we get at this time of year as my head buzzes with where to go first, and where to go next.

So, started at Loch Ard and went up further than I have previously. I met two fellow photographers from Ayrshire who were on the same mission as I was.

After Loch Ard I headed to 'David Marshall Lodge' but it was so busy there that I just parked and brewed a coffee and ate my sandwich. The gas stove is a godsend on away days like this.

Carrying on over to Loch Achray the rain decided to put in an appearance - nice for rainbows - bad for cameras.

Decided to give Loch Katrine a miss and headed for Callander with a stop at Loch Venachar where I had a chat with a windsurfer before he started his sail on the loch.

Before Callander I popped in to see 'Hamish' the famous Highland Cow. He was close to the wire so got a photo of his friend - nice to see a black one for a change.

On to Callander but didn't stop as the rain was back on.

Headed back to Aberfoyle in an effort to get a sunset over the Lake of Menteith.

It didn't happen as planned but I went to the jetty where the boats are moored for taking the trip to Inchmahome Priory.

The two 'Historic Scotland' girls were mooring the boats for the night so we exchanged pleasantries as I got my final photos of the day.

Their season ends this Thursday so I've promised I'll make a point of going across again next year.

Then off home and the nightmare of the traffic queues at Erskine Bridge due to road works.

Still, it didn't take the shine of the wonderful day in mostly good weather.

Start of Loch Ard in the Trossachs

Loch Ard in the Trossachs

Rich Autumnal Colours 

The Trossachs Hotel in Autumn Sunshine

 Autumn Rainbow in the Trossachs

Rainbow Over the Trossachs 

Windsurfer in Loch Venachar

The Beauty of Autumn

 Loch Venachar

Highland Cow Near Callander

Sun Sets Over the Lake of Menteith in the Trossachs

More images are available at - www.dougie-coull-photography.co.uk - better resolution and options to licence.