I realised this week that I’ve got completely out of whack with the dates for the camera challenges this month – I was trying to post twice a month, but somehow I’ve posted twice every 4 weeks and gained a week! In order to get myself back on track, I thought I’d turn things over to you guys to a certain extent this week, so that you can tell me where to go and take photos…
This year is the year of the stay-cation, or at least the not-go-very-far-cation. I’ll be heading to Anglesey and Dublin with some photography friends for a long weekend at the end of August, and down to London at the end of September for another long weekend so that I can (selflessly) accompany my dad to the rugby world cup for his Christmas. I’ve also got a long weekend down south in July, but as that’s for a memorial service, it’s not really a photographic expedition. After all that, I’m left with 5 days of leave to play with. I don’t need to take it all at once, in fact it might be easier to do a couple of long weekends, so I’m trying to work out what to do, and I thought it would be nice to get out with the camera both then and over the 2 May bank holiday weekends.
So here’s my question to you, where would you like me to take my camera? I’m limited really to where I can drive to in a reasonable time period. At a push, I’ll contemplate camping at my end destination (unless there’s a nice comfy bed on offer for free at the other end ;o) ), but let’s say for arguments’ sake that my distance limit is within a 100 mile radius of Glasgow if I’m not staying over:
So is there anywhere in the highlighted area above that you have a burning desire to see a photo of? (Except Edinburgh, I’m sorry, but Edinburgh crowds in mid-summer freak me out more than I can possibly explain! And I’m sorry, the North Antrim coast is also off the cards, because, well, I don’t drive Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the ferry prices are eye watering!)
Have at it folks!
Hope you find some nice places!
When I went to Scotland in 1995 (after university, gah, where does the time go?) I spent a few days in Oban, including taking a tour to Staffa, that was a nice place to visit. All my photos for that trip are film, but I can see if I can scan a few 😉
And I agree with you about having a proper bed, if you decide to do some hiking it's a lot more fun to sleep in a proper bed after that.
I think you should head to some scotch distilleries and enjoy…err photograph some nice oaky, peaty tones. All (kinda) kidding aside, 😉 I've always loved my travel photographs from the gardens and architecture of established estates and castles. There are so many great historic details to explore. Have you ever been to Floors Castle near Kelso?
I think you should take a leisurely drive north, throught the cairngorms, stopping for icecream and more photos in pitlochry or dunkeld (cathedral) and then amble on up to Morayshire where you can take some beautiful forrest shots, some arty distillery shots, then stop for the night at hotel du narcy (and take some Moo pics for your gran) then we can have a day out at Findhorn and Roseisle for some stonkingly gorgeous beach shots, and I'll treat you to jammy scones at Brodie Castle…..
Mountains, glens, burns, forrests, distilleries, castles, beaches…wee ginger tykes…. what more do you need?
No competition! If I were you I'd go west and to the beautiful coastline and mountains of Argyllshire. We have had some wonderful holidays there and the scenery is to die for. But you need to pick a good spell of weather or your pics will be monotone grey with mist and rain !!
West Coast of Scotland wins hands down for me
Anywhere you decide to go will yield some beautiful pictures Im sure!
1st vote is Sarah's place…2nd place…Aviemore and the Cairngorms!Go there for me cause we loved Monarch of the Glen!!:)
ooh!! Some fjords and waterscapes with local fauna and flora!!
I too think Sarah's house sounds great. But also how about to the rugged beach for sunrise or moonrise photos. We went to Loch Tay once and it was storybook beautiful. Also castles make for good photos and you have some of those about too.
Sarah's ideas sound perfect! Otherwise, I went to Port Appin for a family holiday aged about 8 and have always wanted to go back.
I'd love some moo pics please x
Whilst I can't disagree with the votes for the West Coast of Scotland, I suspect that you already know it very well so I would suggest Northumberland. I am biased I know as I live there but it is magnificent. Berwick upon Tweed has some brilliant photo opportunities and the Northumberland beaches are wonderful. There is plenty of room here too, if you need a bed 🙂