Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 – From Strength to Strength

The week beginning April 25th had started with snow and finished with some sparkling Spring sunshine on the Spey. Both Craigellachie and Dufftown were buzzing and the already limited parking options shrank with cheerful abandon by the day. It was the best of times, and it was the best of times. David Mckenzie of Speyside…

Rogie Falls near Contin, Highlands of Scotland

With school and work looming it felt wise to try and clear body and mind of all that grueling festive cheer. Temperatures across the Highlands were due to drop from a tropical 8 degrees to a more invigorating three degrees, and with light still being far from generous in these bleak mid-winter months, every effort…

Sunsets Over Moray Autumn 2016

First time I’ve really put any effort into capturing some of the magnificent sunsets we have over Moray and Speyside. Not ventured too far afield as these things pretty hard to predict, so it was really just a case of looking for near-clear skies around 3.00pm and then legging it as fast as I could…

Super Moon 2016 Moray & Speyside

In terms of brightness, that additional 15% made the 2016 Super Moon 15% more difficult to capture. Didn’t do it justice but had fun trying. Here’s several shots taken as it rose above Ben Aigan near Aberlour and above Elgin just before dawn. There’s also a sneaky one of the sunset the previous evening.

Alan’s Autumn Almanac 2016

Have a bit of a spring in my step this autumn, owing to me buying my first Canon dSLR camera. It’s an entry level rig that should come in handy for my daughter’s Scottish Higher in Photography and day to day business in web design. These were taken during the last week of October in…

Meall a’ Bhuachaille Glenmore Forest Park

Spent a fairly wet and unsettled Saturday afternoon tackling Meall a’ Bhuachaille in the Glenmore Forest Park. This handsome, hulking mound lies some 20km from Aviemore and boasts some terrific views over Loch Morlich and the Rothimurcus Pine Forest. At around 900 metres it’s not a Munro but a Corbett, and the ascent is a…

Photos of Cairn Gorm & Aviemore Ski Centre

Last week I made the trek up Cairn Gorm and the Aviemore Ski Centre. Given the fresh fall of snow and the fact my trip coincided with the half-term holiday (or extended weekend break in the Highlands) I found it bursting at the seams with all manner of sledgers, snowballers, skiers, ramblers and half-pipers. In…