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Seonnaidh
27th August 2011, 03:20 PM
Look, I know I've ben quiet for a while but I am seriously thinking about visiting Glens Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar in the Autumn. This will be for purely recreational photographic purpose.
I was just wondering if any other local lads 'n lasses wanna join in?
Also any of those lovely people who camr to Skye earlier on ever want to come and visit do not hesitate. You were all great company and my wife linda and I would love to see any of you again .

Can't promise Apple Crumble again.

stoates
27th August 2011, 05:24 PM
Hi Seonnaidh, definitely up for it. I noticed there was some interest on your last post for another meet (IainMacD,Wanderer and Woofmix) so hopefully this will be a 'goer' and as much fun as the Skye trip. I fully intend taking you up on your offer of another visit to Carbost as well sometime. :)

Don't know if you have any dates in mind yet (for Glen Affric) - I am hopefully taking the family in search of some sun during the 'Tattie Holidays' 08-23 Oct otherwise should be pretty flexible.

Kiwi Paul
27th August 2011, 05:41 PM
I'm up for it Jon, I'm busy the first week in Oct but free otherwise.
Look forward to catching up.

Paul

jamie allan
27th August 2011, 08:59 PM
Jon,
Glad to hear from you.
I'd be glad to attend. I've got the small issue of my daughter's wedding on 1st October to attend to. She's marrying an Australian so his family will be over in Glasgow for the wedding - so I'll probably be tied up as a tourist guide until the 10th October but anytime after that I'm game.

IainMacD
27th August 2011, 09:33 PM
I'm definitely up for a day in the Glens in October and would enjoy meeting up with you all again.
I paid a visit to Glen Strathfarrar today and will post some photos when I get a chance.
Iain

Seonnaidh
28th August 2011, 08:24 AM
How does Sunday October the 9th sound to everyone interested?
If not convenient how about the 16th or maybe early November?

Kiwi Paul
28th August 2011, 09:11 AM
I'm away on holiday the first week in Oct and just get back on the 9th so no good for me, 16th might be ok or later.

Paul

IainMacD
28th August 2011, 09:51 AM
16th October is good for me; if we leave it until November we would need to make special arrangements for access to Glen Strathfarrar as it closes on 31st October (it is privately owned).
We don't have to go to Glen Strathfarrar, but I thought I'd throw in the information for the decision making process!
Iain

stoates
28th August 2011, 10:58 AM
How does Sunday October the 9th sound to everyone interested?
If not convenient how about the 16th or maybe early November?

Neither good for me unfortunately; I might be available for 23rd dependent on flights home or definitely ok later (early Nov). Is the end of September too early with everyone's commitments at the begining of Oct? I'm not sure of the best time for the Autumn colours but am thinking that Nov may be too late?

wanderer
28th August 2011, 03:36 PM
Hi
Sounds good.
I'm off to Elphin on the weekend of 7th/9th Oct but after that should be OK.
Although the other half is muttering about somewhere warm.
Second half of October should be about right for colours as long as there are not too many gales between now and then.
I need to pick Seonnaidh's brain about one or twelve things about the E-5.
I'd bring the full kit so there will be the opperchancity to try some lenses for those who wish. And if anybody has a 35-100 I could try.....

I mentioned possible accommodation in another thread. I'd probably stay at the Bearnock centre.
http://www.bcclochnesshostel.co.uk/

ChrisW
29th August 2011, 12:44 PM
Either of Jon’s suggested weekends or November should be okay for me. I admit that have never been to Glen Affric before, and can only hope that the scenery will compensate for the lack of Linda’s apple crumble.

Being so late in the year the meeting will be midge free. On Saturday I was in Glen Tilt, and the midges seemed to be everywhere, and hungry for flesh!

IainMacD
10th September 2011, 06:00 PM
Another thing to consider is the clocks going back at the end of October, if anyone is looking for an early/sunrise/dawn start it should be around 8:10am on the 23rd and 7:25am a week later - just a thought?
Any more date suggestions?
Iain

stoates
10th September 2011, 07:06 PM
Another thing to consider is the clocks going back at the end of October, if anyone is looking for an early/sunrise/dawn start it should be around 8:10am on the 23rd and 7:25am a week later - just a thought?
Any more date suggestions?
Iain

Ah but Iain, that's an extra hour in the bar after sunset! :)

I am hoping to get back into the UK on 19/20 Oct so still hoping to make it.

Bobpatchcott
11th September 2011, 02:28 PM
Hiya Peardrop
I see lots of references to Linda's apple crumble in these posts, tell me is that the standard issue crumble or the crumble surprise normally reserved for old friends?.
I am planning a visit mid october for a couple of weeks so hopefully I should be able to attend, it will be nice to meet other members of this forum.
This will depend on certain health issues of course the N.H.S are really dragging their feet at the moment.

Anyroadup I'll speak to you soon.

Cheers*chr*chr
Bob

wanderer
11th September 2011, 05:59 PM
I am hoping to get back into the UK on 19/20 Oct so still hoping to make it.

That wouldn't currently be traffic control somewhere sunny and hot would it?:D
If it is I know a 'Garage mechanic' who would like to get back too.

IainMacD
2nd October 2011, 07:17 PM
For anyone still thinking of a meet in Glen Affric here is a little taster
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20111002-Glen_Affric-QA023991.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/39423)
I will post more when I have more time to upload them.
Iain

Simon Bee
3rd October 2011, 10:30 PM
Oh Iain

how I wish I could come along, IMO those are the three finest glens in Scotland ( just my opinion of course ) but sadly I have work commitments and it's an 1,100 mile round trip for me:eek:

I first visited the Highlands in 2005 and my wife and I fell in love with the wonderful scenery and hospitality of the highland folk, so much so that in the last six years we have been back eight times and have both agreed that without doubt it is where we will settle when we retire :D

On every trip we have visited all three glens, Affric is very pretty, Cannich has a more rugged beauty ( once you come out of the woods ) where regulary we have seen at least 30 stags, often more, normally in the glen basin after the stalkers house. We drive up to the the wall of the Mullardoch dam and go for a brisk hike. I have a nice ( IMO ) shot of the wind-blown pine that is by the roadside just before the face of the dam wall, if I get chance I'll upload it later ( on another pc ).

Strathfarrar is simply stunning, IMO more so than Affric, chocolate box perfect*yes the drive seems to go on forever and around each bend is another wonderful vista. This is my personal favourite, had many a picnic here, normally drive over across the wall of the Monar dam and go for a hike, great views of the Munros.

Have been in all seasons except winter and have to say Autumn ( fall ) is my favourite.

Oh yes, how I wish I could come too:o Ah well at least I'll be back next year, recently booked two weeks in Shandwick :)

Here's wishing you all a great time,

Simon

Roy Clarke
5th October 2011, 09:50 AM
Is there a date set for this trip or have I just missed something?

Duncan I will bring the 35-100 If you want try it but need a date before I can confirm attendance

Regards
Roy

Kiwi Paul
10th October 2011, 09:50 PM
I was wondering the same,

Paul

IainMacD
10th October 2011, 09:56 PM
I am still up for this, the only dates I can't do are October 23rd & 29th, but as it is on my doorstep I can make any other time.
Iain

stoates
18th October 2011, 10:42 AM
That's me back from my hols now and still keen to get across to the Glen Affric area.

I have checked out the weather forecast for the next few days and whilst not fantastic, Saturday (22nd) looks reasonably dry so will make the effort to go then.

Be great if anyone else can make it though I realise it is quite short notice now. Perhaps Iain could offer a suitable place to meet (perhaps with a view to catching the sunrise)?

Zuiko
18th October 2011, 11:29 AM
You guys north of the border will have to be quick if you still want some leaves on the trees! Or you could start planning a winter meet! :D

ChrisW
18th October 2011, 12:14 PM
Sorry, I have to be elsewhere this weekend.

Hope you have a colourful sunrise, and that the weather behaves. Look forward to seeing the photos.

stoates
18th October 2011, 03:17 PM
You guys north of the border will have to be quick if you still want some leaves on the trees! Or you could start planning a winter meet! :D

John the weather was horrendous driving back yesterday; between the Lakes and Stirling there were strong wind warnings and horizontal rain. It seemed to calm down a bit further North but since posting earlier today it has become pretty grim up here as well. Still, as it is said, 'never cancel on a forecast' so I will press on with Plan A and assess things closer to Saturday.

Sorry you can't make it Chris. See you at the Winter Meet!

IainMacD
18th October 2011, 05:13 PM
Hi Steve
Weather permitting one option would be the Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin Car Park (2nd car park) which is at the water’s edge, no walking and possibility of reflections if calm.
I have checked online, sunrise is at 8:07 109° from true north(?!) :confused: this would give views along the birch lined loch with the sun at roughly 90°.
Another option is a walk from the River Affric Car Park (3rd) to a view point (10-15 mins?) with good views East and West, this is a short uphill walk with plenty of Birches South and West, has great views of Loch Affric and hills to the West.
Maybe one and then the other?:)
Iain

stoates
18th October 2011, 07:17 PM
Hi Steve
Weather permitting one option would be the Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin Car Park (2nd car park) which is at the water’s edge, no walking and possibility of reflections if calm.
I have checked online, sunrise is at 8:07 109° from true north(?!) :confused: this would give views along the birch lined loch with the sun at roughly 90°.
Another option is a walk from the River Affric Car Park (3rd) to a view point (10-15 mins?) with good views East and West, this is a short uphill walk with plenty of Birches South and West, has great views of Loch Affric and hills to the West.
Maybe one and then the other?:)
Iain

Hi Iain, thanks for the suggestions. I will have a look at the map and see how they tie in with the sunrise direction. Are you going to make it along? I can come through Drumnadrochit and pick you up if you like and we can decide on the day which may be best?

wanderer
18th October 2011, 08:18 PM
With regret, I am unable to attend.
There should be snow on the tops to add to the shortbread tin look.
Corrimony might be worthwhile early for Black Grouse.
Enjoy yourselves.

IainMacD
18th October 2011, 08:27 PM
Hi Steve
I have been given clearance for Saturday and would appreciate a lift if that is OK with you, what time do you think you will be coming through Drumnadrochit? I can be at the Cannich turn off in good time.
Let's hope the weather holds!
Iain

IainMacD
18th October 2011, 08:30 PM
Hi Duncan
Thanks for the tip about Corrimony, I have been there many times but never seen a Black Grouse (I have seen one in Glen Strathfarrar though), I didn't realise this was a good time of year to see them?
Iain

stoates
18th October 2011, 08:59 PM
Hi Steve
I have been given clearance for Saturday and would appreciate a lift if that is OK with you, what time do you think you will be coming through Drumnadrochit? I can be at the Cannich turn off in good time.
Let's hope the weather holds!
Iain

Iain, that's great and not a problem. If you give me some idea of timing from you to the Glen car parks I will get the sat nav out and work out when I need to leave and when I will be with you.

Shame we won't be seeing you this time Duncan.

wanderer
18th October 2011, 09:21 PM
Just the way it goes. Last week went down to Cornwall via Stratford and back via Shrewsbury for a wee break.
I'm now trying to sort out what I'm up to for the next 3 months.

Work has asked me to take photographs of the battlefields of Culloden and Auldearn amongst half a dozen others. So I'll be up North soon. I'm also tempted with Barra and the Uists at the end of January for a week.

Corrimony has a RSPB nature reserve principally set up to increase Black Grouse numbers and with the foliage thinning in these breezes, they may be more visible. Last New Year I was there and could hear them lekking somewhere nearby but didn't get the chance to look.
Another possibility is Strathglass in the first few miles down from Cannich as there are some fine oaks by the river and I've had good photo opportunities there in the past.

IainMacD
18th October 2011, 10:07 PM
Iain, that's great and not a problem. If you give me some idea of timing from you to the Glen car parks I will get the sat nav out and work out when I need to leave and when I will be with you.

Shame we won't be seeing you this time Duncan.

I think 35-45 minutes at most to the 2nd car park

Ditto that Duncan - look forward to seeing you in the future

stoates
19th October 2011, 02:38 PM
I think 35-45 minutes at most to the 2nd car park



Iain as this looks like it will just be the 2 of us I have sent you a PM to discuss timings etc.

IainMacD
22nd October 2011, 06:23 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20101009-Glen_Affric-PA099506.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40040)
But alas that was last year! :(
Today Steve and I were up before dawn to visit Glen Affric for the sunrise and the autumn colours. Well as far as I can tell the sun still hasn't risen and the only autumn colour was grey! *yes
Any I picked a few of the dreary images that I managed to take early on before the rain came and we gave up. This is what you missed:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20111022-Glen_Affric-QA224563.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40042)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20111022-Glen_Affric-QA224607.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40046)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20111022-Glen_Affric-QA224575.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40044)

I found a small amount of colour, but it was tough going!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1126/20111022-Glen_Affric-QA224620.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40048)

The weather could have been a lot lot better, but it was good to see Steve (thanks for the lift and the loan of the 9-18mm) again and I'm sure we won't be put off trying another meet sometime soon.

stoates
22nd October 2011, 07:30 PM
As Iain said, the weather could have been better - for once the weather forecast seemed to get it right unfortunately.

And everything started so well; as we arrived in the first car park we disturbed a stag which just stood and dared us to get our cameras out. It was pretty much still dark at this time and he was gone by the time we were parked up and out of the car. The cameras were still in the bags as we tried to find a suitable location to start shooting (photo's not deer :)) and disturbed a heron at close range which again took flight, not to be seen again.

As you can see in the images below the water level was very high and much of the Autumn colours which had drawn us to Glen Affric were already on the ground or in the water!

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet113.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40050)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet119.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40051)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet127.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40052)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet144.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40055)

I even got a bit 'creative' with some reflections and submerged leaves and with some long exposures on the slowly circling water:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet135.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40053)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet139.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40054)

The last two images were taken as we made our way further down the loch and as the weather started to close in. The snow dusted peak in number 2 disappeared within seconds after the shot, never to re-appear.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet151.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40056)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/2210Glen_Affric_Meet158.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40057)

My thanks to Iain for all his local knowledge today, it really is a spectacular area - despite the poor weather. I won't be leaving it another 20 years before I go back there.

(And really galling was the fact that the sun and blue sky re-appeared as I approached Inverness and remained for the rest of my journey east:()

wanderer
22nd October 2011, 09:17 PM
Oh well hard luck. Similar to my last visit which was wetter but the water levels were not as high.
I like the last 'creative' ones.
you're right about the autumn colours. Its seems that they have either not started or have already been blown off.
Perhaps next time it should be Moray; Darnaway Forest, Randolph's Leap and the coast at either Lossie or Findhorn. Its always:D lovely weather there.

stoates
22nd October 2011, 09:52 PM
I like the last 'creative' ones.
you're right about the autumn colours. Its seems that they have either not started or have already been blown off.
Perhaps next time it should be Moray; Darnaway Forest, Randolph's Leap and the coast at either Lossie or Findhorn. Its always:D lovely weather there.

Thanks Duncan, if only the weather was always better here!

I reckon a winter trip to the Cairngorms could be a good bet and not too long to wait! :D Be good to meet up with the rest of the 'gang' again.

ChrisW
23rd October 2011, 04:49 PM
I reckon a winter trip to the Cairngorms could be a good bet and not too long to wait! :D Be good to meet up with the rest of the 'gang' again.

Cairngorms sounds good.

Looking at your Flickr photos your visit to the Cairngorms was well timed. How were the roads?

stoates
23rd October 2011, 10:14 PM
Cairngorms sounds good.

Looking at your Flickr photos your visit to the Cairngorms was well timed. How were the roads?

Hi Chris. Dicey is probably the best description. I think we travelled down on the first day after the Grantown road reopened. Dava Moor was still closed. Well worth it though - it was stunning.

Must make an effort to get back once the snows come.

IainMacD
5th November 2011, 07:58 PM
This is probably way to late to realistically hope anyone can make it, but Steve contacted me to say he has a free day tomorrow (Nov 6th) so we are going for a re-run and heading up to Glen Affric again early in the morning.
Can anyone fit this in at short notice?
Cheers
Iain

ChrisW
5th November 2011, 08:47 PM
Sorry Iain, I can’t make it.

Hope the weather stays fair and that you have better luck than last time.

Chevvyf1
5th November 2011, 10:04 PM
This is probably way to late to realistically hope anyone can make it, but Steve contacted me to say he has a free day tomorrow (Nov 6th) so we are going for a re-run and heading up to Glen Affric again early in the morning.
Can anyone fit this in at short notice?
Cheers
Iain

Iain I have just enjoyed the photos here, of your own and Steves, and wish you both the best photo day !

I am looking forward to seeing some of the shots captured. *chr