A selection of photographs taken during May 2010 featuring the scenery and wildlife of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland

 

The view from our holiday cottage at Leacanasigh above the shores of Loch Carron incorporates Plockton and the distant Skye Cuillin.

 

Strome Islands - Loch Carron.

 

Eilean Donan Castle.

 In the distance the prominent height of Beinn na Caillich on the Isle of Skye.

 

Sgurr an Airgid (Loch Duich).

 

Looking up Strath Croe - A' Ghlas-bheinn just left of centre with the serrated shadowed west ridge of Beinn Fhada to it's right.

 

The head of Loch Duich and The Five Sisters of Kintail.

 

Loch Duich and The Five Sisters of Kintail.

 

The picturesque little village  of Duirinish, situated a few miles north of Kyle of Lochalsh - rampant with gorse bushes in full bloom.

In the far distance the island of Raasay with the distinctive shape of Dun Caan it's high point.

 

Plockton.

 

Alfred Wainwright made known his affection for Scotland, in particular for the small village of Plockton where

he regularly used to stay, this panoramic view goes a little way to explain why he held it so high in his esteem.

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Two girls and a buoy.

(Martha and Hetty)

 

Nesting Sand Martins on the banks of the River Taodail, Strath Carran.

 

Passing showers – Lochcarron.

 

Ardtreck Point - Loch Harport.

 

From Idrigill Point to Macleod’s Tables from the head of Loch Caroy.

 

Macleods Tables.

Healabhal Bheag (centre) and Healabhal Mhor (right).

 

Hooded Crow and the spoils of a nest raid.

 

Small boat trips from Dunvegan Castle guarantee close up encounters with the seal colony residents of Loch Dunvegan……………….

 

……….like this Common Seal youngster.

 

Heron

 

Strath Carron - Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl the principal high points.

 

Looking north over the tidal flats at the mouth of the River Kishorn.

 

Creag a' Chumhaing and Sgurr a' Chaorachain the two hills that flank the Bealach na Ba, Scotland's highest road, on route to Applecross.

 

The road passes over Russel Burn where there is a great view up to head of Coire nan Arr.

 

At the top of Bealach na Ba (2053ft) it is worth parking to take in the views especially those across to Skye and the Cuillin.

 

Applecross Bay.

 

Young Red Deer herd.

 

Torridon showers.

 

Loch Sheildaig.

 

The famous red-roofed cottage on the shore of Loch Shieldaig. with

The Torridon Mountains on the left, Beinn Damh, Ben Shieldaig and Shieldaig village in the distance to the right.

 

Beinn Damh, Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-stac over Loch Coultrie.

 

Kylerhea.

It is here that the Glenelg to Kylerhea ferry crosses the shortest gap between Skye and the mainland across the Kyle Rhea.

 

Glenelg Bay……………......time to let the dogs out.

 

From left to right - Hamish, Hetty (snorkelling), Bruce, Cad, Martha and Violet.

 

Spot the ball.

 

Skye Terriers!!

 

Martha, Hamish and Bruce practice their synchronised mountain descent skills.

 

Sound of Sleat and Eigg.

 

Loch Hourn and the distant Cuillins

 

Glen More.

 

Bla Bheinn over Loch Cill Chriosd - of Skye's twelve Munros this is the only one not part of the main Cuillin ridge.