Saturday 14 July 2012

Lochindorb Canoe.

A day paddling around Lochindorb, with its legendary castle, the home of the Wolf of Badenoch.

Lochindorb - south west from NH982372

A bright but cold day, we set out from the car parking area on the north east shore at NH982372.

Lochindorb Castle.

We had great views all around, low and undulating in the north, more mountainous to the south.

Lochindorb, looking south west from near ford at NH977374

A bit of a paddle around to the north and west, before striking out (couldn't resist) to Lochindorb Castle, on its island near the east shore.

Lochindorb Castle

Lochindorb Castle, looking north.

We were the only people on the island - an excellent spot for lunch and a bit of an explore.

Lochindorb Castle, looking east.

Quite a bit of tall and prickly undergrowth put some of the island out of bounds for those of us without full length leg protection !!

Rafe, on guard at Lochindorb Castle

But there was plenty to see, and the odd scratch and/or nettle sting was worth it.

Lochindorb Castle, looking west.

Later, we carried on paddling south....

Lochindorb, Boat House at NH966359

.... and up the Glentarroch Burn until it became too shallow and rocky to follow further.

Glentarroch Burn, where it empties into the southern end of Lochindorb

A second lunch was taken on a sunny beach on the west shore.

Rafe, doing his washing in Lochindorb (NH964355).

South to the hills, Lochindorb.

Before paddling back towards our start point. Although we couldn'r resist circumnavigating the castle island once more.

Lochindorb Castle.

Monday 2 July 2012

Hopeman - Coast and Country

All the photo's were taken between June and September 2012, on or around the coast within 5 miles of Hopeman.

North West from Hopeman West Beach

The Moray Firth, from West Beach, Hopeman.

Kayak or "Caribbean Princess" ?
I know which one I'd choose.....
from West Beach, Hopeman.

West of Hopeman.

Rafe at the Hopeman Bicentenary monument.

Hopeman East Beach from Daisy Rock.

Rafe, East Beach, Hopeman.

Hopeman Lodge, Beach Huts and East Beach.

Hive Rock from Daisy Rock.

Daisy Rock and Hive Rock.


Daisy Rock and Hive Rock, Hopeman.

North across the Moray Firth from Hopeman East Beach

Rafe, East Beach, with views to Daisy Rock, Hopeman.

Rafe, Hopeman Beach Huts.


North from East Beach, Hopeman.

Daisy Rock, Hopeman.

Hopeman sandstone

Rafe, Daisy Rock, Hopeman.


Rafe, east of Hopeman.

East of Hopeman.


East of Hopeman.

Anyone for cake? Near Daisy Rock.

East of Hopeman.

Rafe, contemplates a swim by Daisy Rock, Hopeman.

East of Hopeman.

East of Hopeman.

Rafe, above Clashach Cove.

Caves and Fault at Clashach Cove.

Ancient desert at Clashach Cove.

Natural arch at Clashach Cove.

Jim, twitching, Caves at Clashach Cove.

Caves at Cummingston

Heron, near Cummingston

Rafe, Caves at Cummingston.

Near Cummingston.

Rough seas near Cummingston.

Northern Marsh Orchids on the cliffs at Cummingston

Climbers paradise - the cliffs west of Cummingston.
The amazing RAF Search & Rescue Team based at Lossiemouth
often train on the cliffs near Hopeman.
Rafe, Burghead Bay.

In Roseisle Forest.

The Moray Firth.

The Moray Firth from Hopeman.

Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor

Setting off from Glen Feshie - it was chilly - before the sun had a chance to peep over the hills...  Off we go! Jim - Setting off near Auch...