I’m always interested in analysing exactly why I love the landscape of Scotland and in reading other people’s views on this topic. For W. H. Murray it was the unusual combination of water and mountain that made it so enchanting. Murray would no doubt approve of the subject of the photos I have selected from my recent excursions, for they feature one of the more aesthetically pleasing combinations of water and mountain, the Cuillin of Rum.
Scotland is composed almost entirely of distinct and recognisable elements and one of the great pleasures of getting to know the landscape is being able to pick out distant features, letting them bring to mind the occasions of previous visits. The pictures below show the Cuillin of Rum from two different perspectives.
An early morning shot from the Croft Campsite at Arisaig (second visit of the year) taken on the last weekend in September.
And one from the first weekend in October, taken from the the hillside on the southern side of Glen Pean. The view is down Loch Morar with Arisaig being located on the coast beyond the flat area at the western end of the loch. I found it tremendously satisfying when the view prompted me to recall the previous weekend’s sunbathing while crouched on the distinctly autumnal hillside with the roar of the stags ringing in my ears.