Visiting Scotland


Sunday 11 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

With the rib injury, I’ve recently had a chance to dig through my old box of photographic prints, and even managed to scan a few. Now, most of these go back to the 80s and 90s, and pretty much all were cheap prints from cheap film – not all have faired that well, so advance apologies for the low quality, but I guess that just makes them all the more authentic 🙂


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Having been based in the UK for many years, I was fortunate enough to visit Scotland on a number of occasions. These shots are from varied places, taken over a number of years, on short visits for pleasure, and sometimes on business. 


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For those who have never had the good fortune to spend any time in Scotland, you must, simple as that. It’s a fairly big place actually, some 78,000 square kilometres, or 30,000 squire miles, but with a population of just five million. Almost a third of the population live in just four cities, so there are vast spaces of openness, a number of beautiful and rugged mountain ranges, and some of the most stunning scenery you can imagine.  


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Most people know that ‘lochs’ are lakes, or bodies of free-standing freshwater (as in natural, not man-made reservoirs), but did you know that there are over 31,000 of them scattered around the country?

Some are huge, such as Loch Lomond, which covers an area of 71 km2 (27.4 sq miles). Some are pretty darned deep, such as Loch Morar, which has an astonishing depth of 310 metres (1,007 ft).

Others are verrrry long, such as Loch Awe, which stretches for 41km (25.6 miles), but how about Loch Ness, the home of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, she lives in a body of water that is 7.45 cubic kilometres, which is a whopping 1.79 cubic miles – no wonder she’s illusive!!


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34 thoughts on “Visiting Scotland

  1. […] the earlier post from Scotland seemed so popular, I got to digging through my box of old prints once more for a few more […]


  2. I love Loch Lomond they beat the rhododendrons there as a fun thing for tourists to do to! Hope the ribs are healing 🙂

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  3. I’ve never been. Need to go. Your pictures inspire me to do so.

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  4. dayphoto says:

    That does remind me…how are the ribs healing. I remember it took Terry’s a good month of sleeping in the recliner before he could handle laying flat.



  5. lizard100 says:

    31,000 blimey! We love scotland.

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  6. ballerina95 says:

    What happened to your ribs, Spike?


  7. Colleen says:

    Scotland, beautiful, spiritual, unique, wonderful memories …thanks for sharing old photos


  8. Jude says:

    I absolutely love Scotland. When I lived in England I went up there on a number of scuba diving trips and also a couple of motor-cycling holidays. There’s a romance about Scotland. Of course there’s also haggis and heather and men in kilts. Yum-Yum!

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  9. Nancy says:

    You and Sue Slaught took me to Scotland today. Thank You! It’s fun to pull out the old pictures and look at them…isn’t it? Thanks for sharing.your reminiscing moments and hope you feel better.

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  10. I like the scanned in pictures!


  11. vannillarock says:

    Sorry to hear about your ribs- sounds painful.
    As a scot am i allowed to say the weather looks fairly typical- wet!!


  12. Beautiful photos! I love film photos and still like to shoot film every now and then. There’s something really cool about them.


  13. Just wow! Through your pics, we surmise that Scotland is an awesome place for adventure and nature tripping.


  14. Sue Slaght says:

    I loved our brief visit to Scotland this past year. Your photos have a romantic feel to them. I hope the ribs are healing steadily.


  15. I always forget how much older the houses and cities are in Europe. I asked my friend from the Yorkshire Dales if it really looks like it’s shown on All Creatures Great and Small. She said, yes, just so.

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  16. thom bradley says:

    Thanks for bringing back happy memories. Visited with my family and rented a farm house near Perth. Happily visited birthplace of my grandparents – Harwich. Didn’t find the LNM but had fun with kids looking!

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