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Road to the Isles

Sure, by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go.
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles;
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart braggart's in my step,
You've never smelt the tangle o' the Isles.
Oh, the far Coolins are puttin' love on me.
As step I wi' my cromach to the Isles.

Images from my shoebox shot in Scotland 20 years ago with a Olympus OM2n on Agfa Ultra film.

It was dusk; I had foolishly parked beside the highway at this pretty spot for a bite to eat when a semi almost wiped us out.


Shortly after crossing the Kyle of Lochalsh we had landed upon the Isle of Skye


I cannot name those mountains or this place exactly,
except to say that it was soon after the ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye



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Re: Road to the Isles

So where were you?
No 1, Standard Glencoe conditions. Dreich & probably midgie.
Stopped on the A82 probably next to the turn off for the Kingshouse looking to Buachaille Etive Mor.
Nos 2 & 3, Layby near Achtriochtan farm looking down the glen to the loch of the same name.
No.4 Just past Luib on Loch Ainort looking to the Red Cuillin of Beinn Dearg Mor (prominent) and Glamaig (right).
No.5 The Five Sisters of Kintail taken from Sheil Bridge. Sgurr Fhuaran and Sgurr na Carnach.
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So where were you?
No 1, Standard Glencoe conditions. Dreich & probably midgie.
Stopped on the A82 probably next to the turn off for the Kingshouse looking to Buachaille Etive Mor.
Nos 2 & 3, Layby near Achtriochtan farm looking down the glen to the loch of the same name.
No.4 Just past Luib on Loch Ainort looking to the Red Cuillin of Beinn Dearg Mor (prominent) and Glamaig (right).
No.5 The Five Sisters of Kintail taken from Sheil Bridge. Sgurr Fhuaran and Sgurr na Carnach.
5:45 AM - Hello Duncan, thanks for your input on exactly where we were at each location.
No 1, spot on, we had stopped for tea by the stream (Nos 2, 3) on the narrow highway not far from Glencoe where we stayed over at a lovely B&B.
I cannot recall the names of all the places you mention but they do ring a bell.
No 4, I can now add your info beneath the relevant prints in our album.
No 5, taken from the Sheil Bridge just as you say - and a sincere apology to the two unseen sisters!
Old memories were recently revived as we spent a wonderful evening watching The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on HDTV. We never miss this spectacular event.
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Re: Road to the Isles

Some lovely photos from your past, Mark. As much as I'm into Scottish fiddle, Country Dancing & Highland gatherings, this is probably as close as I'll get to Scotland or the UK.

The Three Sisters are a wee bit bigger than ours here (in the Blue Mountains).

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Re: Road to the Isles

You've got some smashing memories there, Mark. Duncan really has got an encyclopedic knowledge of the topography of Scotland.
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Beautiful countryside and images Mark.

#4 is my favourite.

But where is the Vegemite on the boot of the car?
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Beautiful countryside and images Mark.
#4 is my favourite.
But where is the Vegemite on the boot of the car?
Ross, John and Lyn, thanks for your interest and comments.

The year was 1990 when Stormin' Norman invaded Iraq and our BA Flight, Melbourne to London was diverted from its usual route via Bahrain through Bankok and circuitously over Russia.

After departing Glasgow we pulled over by the roadside overlooking Loch Lomond to watch training RAF Harriers streaking low over the Loch before climbing away steeply over the mountains - most impressive.

Oh how I would like to have had an E-3 with a 70-300 then!
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Beautiful countryside and images Mark.

#4 is my favourite.

But where is the Vegemite on the boot of the car?
Common, not all Ausies eat Vegemite! Gi'me crunchy peanut butter instead.
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Duncan really has got an encyclopedic knowledge of the topography of Scotland.
I have been known to get it wrong.
The 'Buckfast Triangle' is beyond me.
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I have been known to get it wrong.
The 'Buckfast Triangle' is beyond me.
Last night I watched an absorbing doco by Neil Oliver on the fascinating history of Scottish culture, how it developed from the Picts and Celts to the Caledonians 2000 yrs ago ... or was it the other way around? And it told of a legendary Caledonian Warrior, Calgarkis (spelling?) who fought a battle with the invading Romans but lost. Scotland as we know it today was called Pictland. After the Romans withdrew the Picts defended their kingdom against the Britons and Gaels until around AD800 when it was again invaded and partly colonised by Vikings. Well, I'm not sure if that info is gospel in detail and you, Duncan will no doubt pounce if it's not!
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Neil Oliver is very good.
He has just finished a short series on Prehistoric Britain from half a million years ago to just before the Romans arrived. He gets very enthusiastic as it is the study area he comes from.
Look out for it.

Calgacus was the leader you refer to.
Google that or Wikipedia will take you further.
The names that these people are known by now are generally what the Romans called them.
I've occasionally wondered what it must have been like for a legionary from the South of Franceor Spain posted to Hadrian's or Antonine's Walls and in cold, driving sleet to be faced in battle by people who presented themselves stark naked and screaming.

I am currently reading a book about the Picts and the Scots.
As ever its never quite so clearly drawn.

The two had broadly separate kingdoms. Scots starting in what is now Ulster and expanding in to what is now Argyll, the Clyde and Galloway. They generally seem to be thought of as Q Celtic (lots of place names starting with hard C or K e.g Kinlochleven) using what is now Gaelic.
The Picts seem to be more associated with the East side of Scotland particularly Fife and Angus. They are reckoned to be P Celtic (lots of placenames starting with P e.g. Pitlochry) using a language of the same derivation as Welsh.
Eventually they appear to have been asssimilated into both the Scots and Norse populations. Occasionally in warfare but also in marriage.
There is a lot of literature out there now and I am by no means an expert.
And the theories change every 10 years or so.

As this is a photographic forum, the carved stones left by both nations provide an excellent source to photograph. I'll try and post something.
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Duncan - once again I'm indebted to you for filling in a wealth historical detail as I am very interested in how Scotland came to be. Now that you have given me the spelling I will certainly be Googling Calgacus to find out more.

We have been following Neil Oliver's Coast to Coast series that focuses on towns and places of particular interest around the British coastline.

"She Who Must Be Obeyed" is of Scottish decent, a Sinclair.
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Re: Road to the Isles

I said I would find something carved. And funnily enough the image is a scan from my 'Shoebox'. Kildalton Cross on Islay, a bit seasonal with Daffodils.
In the heartland of Scots Gaeldom.



I'm now going to have to go back to Islay to take a decent digital photo of it and go to Angus to find a Pictish stone.

This is another Islay stone at Kilchoman.

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When I went up the 'Big Shepard' a few years ago I fell in with a Greek surgeon who worked in Glasgow. I asked what brought him to Glasgow. He said he was a heart surgeon and all heart surgeons were interested in Glasgow because "it's the heart attack capital of the World"! He said it was down to poor diet, alcohol and drugs and that he sees hearts in 20 year olds that looked like they're from 70 year olds!

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When I went up the 'Big Shepard' a few years ago I fell in with a Greek surgeon who worked in Glasgow. I asked what brought him to Glasgow. He said he was a heart surgeon and all heart surgeons were interested in Glasgow because "it's the heart attack capital of the World"! He said it was down to poor diet, alcohol and drugs and that he sees hearts in 20 year olds that looked like they're from 70 year olds! Jim
Be that as it may - I suspect the real cause is that toxic substance, haggis.
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