On Sunday we had a jaunt over towards the west, to Ballachulish and Appin, and our route took us through the wonderful scenery of Glen Coe.
We were last over that way in May this year, but the fresh greens are now tinged with gold and bronze. The tourist traffic was out in force, with many cars and several coaches crammed into the few lay-bys along the Glen itself.
Glen Coe leads eventually to Loch Linnhe which is a wide sea loch, and here we found a small pebbly beach to idle away a blissful hour. It was warm in the sun, and the gentle waves seemed to be coming straight across from the blue hills of Morvern.
Barnacles and limpets
Fronds of seaweed
On the way back, we decided to take a detour down Glen Etive, an offshoot of Glen Coe, which neither Colin nor I had ever been down before. The road is a dead end, following the glen with its pretty waterfalls and woodlands for about 15 miles before culminating at the head of Loch Etive.
If the scenery of Glen Etive looks familiar, that could be because it was used in the filming of the latest Bond movie, ‘Skyfall'; it’s the location of Bond’s ancestral home, to which he and M flee from danger in his impractical but undeniably gorgeous Aston Martin.
Bleached tree stump and grasses
I was looking through our photos and trying to work out where they took the iconic photo of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench posing against the backdrop of brooding hills, but I can’t quite work it out. Anyhow, Colin invented his own movie, called ‘Bogfall’, when he leaped over a roadside ditch to photograph some moss. The ground, as you may have guessed, welcomed him with ample squishiness and he spent the rest of the day with a very wet and very black leg. I was photographing something else at the time, or else I would have got it on video. Those waterproof trousers are higher up his list now!
Once again, we arrived back home with some lovely photos. I wonder why on Earth we’ve never been down Glen Etive before! It must be one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. We are truly lucky to have such spectacular landscapes within easy reach.