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This page displays an assortment of photographs of Blaven, Torrin, the Seven Miles from Broadford to Blaven, Isle of Skye and other parts of Scotland.

Photography, particularly landscape photography, is a passion of mine. For this website I have deliberately avoided the angry seas, brooding clouds landscape shots that I enjoy and instead picked the kind of images that you'd expect to see in a travel guide or brochure. Unlike some a travel brochures though there are no building sites, motorways or sewage treatment plants just out of shot.

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Blaven

This gallery section contains a collection of photographs of Blaven. You can read more about this mountain here. You can see more images of Blaven by visiting the header image gallery page.

Blaven, the 'classic view'. Click to enlarge.
The 'classic view' of Blaven from the east bank of Loch Slapin.
Blaven from Camas Malag. Click to enlarge.
Blaven from Camas Malag.
Blaven from Loch Slapin. Click to enlarge.
The 'classic' view of Blaven from the east bank of Loch Slapin.
Blaven from Loch Slapin. Click to enlarge.
The 'classic' view of Blaven from the east bank of Loch Slapin.
Modelling. Click to enlarge.
Preparing for a photo-shoot by Loch Cill Chriosd with Blaven as a backdrop. This was a cold winter morning with everyone wrapped up and protected from the cold. Everyone that is except the model.
Blaven from the Sound of Sleat. Click to enlarge.
Blaven from the Sound of Sleat.
Blaven from the Sound of Sleat. Click to enlarge.
Blaven from the Sound of Sleat with Ornsay lighthouse to the left.
Blaven reflecting in Loch Slapin. Click to enlarge.
Blaven reflecting in Loch Slapin.
Blaven from the Kilbride road. Click to enlarge.
Blaven from the Kilbride road.
Blaven from Torrin. Click to enlarge.
A snow-dusted Blaven from Torrin.
Rocks, sheep and Blaven. Click to enlarge.
Rocks, sheep and Blaven from the east side of Loch Slapin. This is the only image on this website shot on 35mm film.
Out for a stroll. Click to enlarge.
Three cows out for a stroll in the pastures above Torrin.
Blaven and concrete rock. Click to enlarge.
The concrete 'rock' in the foreground is part of the remains of a jetty that presumably once served the old Torrin quarry immediately behind the photographer.
Allt Slapin. Click to enlarge.
Allt Slapin at the point that it meets Loch Slapin.
Blaven at sunset. Click to enlarge.
Blaven, sunset, clouds and trees.

Torrin

This section contains a varied selection of photographs in and around the village of Torrin. You can read more about the village here.

Cottage. Click to enlarge.
This beautiful cottage was restored during the 2000s.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Torrin from the west bank of Loch Slapin.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking west over Torrin towards Loch Slapin and Blaven.
Scratch that itch. Click to enlarge.
A makeshift sign in Torrin makes a convenient nose scratcher.
The old church. Click to enlarge.
Torrin's church was converted in to a family home in the early 1992. It now offers self-catering accommodation for up to eight people.
The old church. Click to enlarge.
Torrin's church was converted in to a family home in the early 1992. It now offers self-catering accommodation for up to eight people.
Approaching Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Approaching Torrin with a snow covered Blaven in the background.
Approaching Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Approaching Torrin with Blaven in the background.
Torrin boat nausts. Click to enlarge.
The remains of one of the 12 stone-lined boat nausts on the Torrin side of Loch Slapin. Each naust provided shelter for a boat. The age of these is unknown.
Torrin breakwater. Click to enlarge.
The rocks in the foreground form one of two primitive breakwaters lying on the approach to the boat nausts on the Torrin side of Loch Slapin.
Allt Slapin. Click to enlarge.
Allt Slapin at Torrin.
Allt Slapin times two. Click to enlarge.
The stream in the foreground is called Allt Slapin. It is hardly a surprise therefore to discover that the house in the background is also named 'Allt Slapin'. It is rented out as a self-catering cottage. See the 'Accommodation' section on the 'Links' page for more information.
Sheep at Loch Slapin. Click to enlarge.
Sheep stare back from the eastern bank of Loch Slapin.
Corrugated huts. Click to enlarge.
The rear hut used to be the "Torrin Stores." It was moved to the current location after the shop closed around 1940.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
The old marble quarry (left) and Torrin from the west bank of Loch Slapin.
Old marble quarry. Click to enlarge.
Old machinery rusting gracefully in the salt-laden air of the former Torrin marble quarry..
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Torrin and a snow covered Blaven.
Torrin barns. Click to enlarge.
Torrin barns. During 2010 the left hand barn was demolished to allow the right hand one to undergo a tasteful conversion in to a home.
Torrin barn. Click to enlarge.
The pair of barns in the previous picture is now one.
Torrin outbuilding. Click to enlarge.
Lurking in the trees behind the two barns in the previous photograph.
Torrin cottage. Click to enlarge.
Cottage, trees, snow and mountain.
Torrin at night. Click to enlarge.
Torrin buildings painted by torchlight (flashlight) and passing car headlights.
Skye Marble quarry. Click to enlarge.
Visually the current marble quarry at Torrin has minimal visual impact on the area from most angles. However the plant and workings are exposed on the Kilbride to Camas Malag road as shown here.
Loch Slapin salmon farm. Click to enlarge.
Arrays of floating sea cages and walkways like these ones on Loch Slapin can be found in many Scottish sea lochs and especially around the crinkle-cut coastline of Skye.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking north-west from a hill behind Torrin across to Blaven.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking west from a hill behind Torrin across to Blaven.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking west from a hill behind Torrin across to Blaven.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking south-west from a hill behind Torrin across Faoilean, Kilmarie and the road to Elgol.
Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Looking south-west towards Faoilean.
'Guy'. Click to enlarge.
'Guy' sits impatiently waiting for the start of the annual Torrin bonfire and fireworks display.

Seven Miles

This section contains a selection of photographs taken on the seven miles of road between Broadford and Blaven. You can read more about the sights, the landmarks and the history here.

Broadford Pier. Click to enlarge.
The 'Girl Beth' catches the winter sun at Broadford Pier.
Sunrise over Broadford. Click to enlarge.
Winter sunrise over Broadford Bay.
Broadford ducks. Click to enlarge.
Ducks enjoying a mid-morning stroll around Broadford Bay. Just above the head of the rightmost duck is the abutment of the bridge that used to carry 'The Marble Line' narrow gauge railway down to Broadford Pier.
A busy Broadford Pier. Click to enlarge.
Passengers await the arrival of the Paddle Steamer 'Waverley' for a cruise to Loch Nevis.
Marble Line footbridge under construction. Click to enlarge.
The new Marble Line footbridge under construction at Broadford in the summer of 2010. The footbridge joins the two halves of the Marble Line footpath and closely follows the alignment of the original railway bridge.
"Troll wanted, apply below bridge". Click to enlarge.
"Troll wanted, apply below bridge." An employment opportunity created by the construction of the new Marble Line footbridge under construction at Broadford in the summer of 2010. Has the position been filled?.
Beinn na Caillich. Click to enlarge.
Beinn na Caillich with the remains of the chambered cairn in the foreground.
The B8083. Click to enlarge.
The low winter sun sets on Strath Suardal. The B8083 road to Torrin, Blaven and Elgol disappears in to the background.
The B8083. Click to enlarge.
An overcast summer evening in a lush Strath Suardal. The B8083 road to Torrin, Blaven and Elgol disappears in to the background.
Industrial remains. Click to enlarge.
A tree sprouts from brickwork near Suardal and the abandoned marble cutting and polishing works.
Cill Chriosd. Click to enlarge.
The ruined church at Cill Chriosd on the road from Broadford to Torrin.
Cill Chriosd at night. Click to enlarge.
The ruined church is photogenic and worth exploring at any hour. For this shot on a bitingly cold, dark December night I triggered the camera remotely as I drove past in the car with headlights on, parked up and walked back along the road towards the camera in total darkness using a torch (flashlight) to paint in the building and features.
Cill Chriosd Church in infra-red. Click to enlarge.
Cill Chriosd Church in infra-red. Note the two ghostly figures and the summit of Blaven that is just visible. It is well known that anyone who shoots infra-red photographs has to have at least one church and graveyard scene in their portfolio. This is mine.
Loch Cill Chriosd in the winter. Click to enlarge.
The autumn sun settles over Loch Cill Chriosd. Blaven is visible in the middle distance. Compare this image with the next image taken in the summer.
Loch Cill Chriosd in the summer. Click to enlarge.
Loch Cill Chriosd in the summer. Contrast this with the previous image taken in the winter.
Loch Cill Chriosd boathouse. Click to enlarge.
Some maps still show a boathouse at the north-east end of Loch Cill Chriosd. This is how it looked in July 2010.
Kilchrist. Click to enlarge.
The old manse in the abandoned settlement of Kilchrist. Blaven is to the left and Beinn na Caillich to the right.
Kilchrist window. Click to enlarge.
Blaven through the square window of the old manse at Kilchrist.
Blaven shrouded in cloud. Click to enlarge.
Blaven shrouded in cloud, viewed from Strath Suardal.
Blaven shrouded in cloud. Click to enlarge.
Loch Cill Chriosd with Blaven in the distance.
Strath Suardal. Click to enlarge.
A snow-dusted Strath Suradal.
The turnoff to Kilbride. Click to enlarge.
The turnoff to Kilbride with Blaven directly ahead.
Blaven from the Kilbride road junction. Click to enlarge.
Blaven from the Kilbride road junction.
Camas Malag. Click to enlarge.
The Kilbride road continues onwards to Camas Malag.
Allt an t-Stratha Bhig. Click to enlarge.
Allt an t-Stratha Bhig flows down from Strath Beag, past the old Torrin marble quarry and in to Loch Slapin.

Isle of Skye

This section contains photographs from around the Isle of Skye excluding those areas covered in the sections above. You can read more about Skye here.

Eilean Bàn lighthouse. Click to enlarge.
The 21 metre (70 feet) tall Eilean Bàn lighthouse was designed by David and Thomas Stevenson and built in 1857. It was decommissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1993 with ownership finally passing to The Eilean Bàn Trust in 2011.
M/S 'Explorer' off Armadale. Click to enlarge.
M/S 'Explorer' catches the light under a threatening sky off Armadale. Six months later she struck a submerged iceberg off the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica and sank, fortunately with no loss of life.
The Red Hills of Torrin. Click to enlarge.
Beinn na Crò, Beinn Dearg Mhòr and Beinn Dearg Bheag from the west bank of Loch Slapin.
Elgol. Click to enlarge.
Elgol beach with the Cuillin ridge in the background.
Elgol. Click to enlarge.
Elgol beach with the Cuillin ridge in the background.
The end of the road. Click to enlarge.
The end of the road at Elgol pier on a hot summer's day. Okay, being pedantic the end of the B8083 road from Broadford to Elgol is further up the hill to the right at the Glasnakillie road junction. Blaven is the rightmost peak.
Elgol Primary School. Click to enlarge.
Elgol Primary School surely has one of the best playground views of any school in the UK.
Elgol rocks. Click to enlarge.
Elgol beach is a magnet for geologists and photographers alike. It is not hard to understand why.
Hanging about Elgol. Click to enlarge.
A small group watch some abseilers honing their technique of the famous honeycomb rock.
'Hebridean Isles'. Click to enlarge.
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry 'Hebridean Isles' catches the evening light at Uig pier.
'Waverley' at Portree. Click to enlarge.
Paddle Steamer 'Waverley' approaching the pier at Portree.
Skye Bridge. Click to enlarge.
The Skye Bridge.
The Wedding Cake. Click to enlarge.
The MV 'Coruisk' leaves Armadale for the 30 minute crossing to Mallaig.
The Old Man of Storr. Click to enlarge.
The majestic 48 metre (157 feet) high Old Man of Storr.
Portree. Click to enlarge.
Portree, the capital of Skye.
'The Glenachulish' at Kylerhea. Click to enlarge.
'The Glenachulish' rests at Kylerhea. The single screw ferry was built at the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon during 1969 and is believed to be the last ferry in the world to operate with a full deck turntable. The Glenelg lighthouse and slipway are visible on the opposite bank at the extreme left whilst the village of Glenelg nestles in the bay off to the right.
'The Glenachulish' times nine. Click to enlarge.
The effect of the fast flowing tide through the Kylerhea Narrows is visible in this composite photograph of 'The Glenachulish' as she approaches Kylerhea. This is the closest that Skye gets to mainland Scotland and was the favoured crossing point until the railway reached Kyle of Lochalsh. The village of Glenelg is visible far right.
Isle of Eigg. Click to enlarge.
The distinctive shape of An Sgurr on Eigg as seen from Elgol.
Isle Ornsay pier. Click to enlarge.
Isle Ornsay pier.
Kyle Akin. Click to enlarge.
Kyle Akin with the village of Kyleakin to the left and Kyle of Lochalsh and the Lochalsh Hotel to the right.
Highland cow. Click to enlarge.
A highland cow at Drinan stares back.
Sheep!. Click to enlarge.
A rare photograph of a sheep on Skye that is not standing on or near a road! Cheviot sheep at Camas Malag with Blaven in the background.
Abandoned cottage, Elgol. Click to enlarge.
Infra-red photograph of an abandoned cottage near Elgol.
Kilmarie House. Click to enlarge.
An immaculate Kilmarie House.
MV 'Loch Striven'. Click to enlarge.
Calmac's 'Loch Striven' on a run between Sconser on Skye and the Isle of Raasay.

Scotland

This section contains an eclectic collection of photographs reflecting the heritage and diversity of Scotland.

The national flag of Scotland. Click to enlarge.
The national flag of Scotland. A battered and tattered Saint Andrew's Cross or Saltire, flutters proudly from the stern of the CalMac ferry MV 'Loch Nevis'.
'Waverley' off Kerrera. Click to enlarge.
Paddle Steamer 'Waverley' steaming south through the Sound of Kerrera.
Iona Abbey. Click to enlarge.
Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and venerated Christian sites and the burial place of early Scottish kings.
St Martin's cross. Click to enlarge.
8th century St Martin's cross at Iona Abbey.
MacBraynes Bus. Click to enlarge.
The distinctive red, green and cream livery of MacBraynes buses was once a common sight on the islands and mainland of west coast Scotland. This restored example is owned by Martin Walker of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. It was built for MacBraynes in May 1960 by Duple Coachbuilders on a Bedford chasis.
'Waverley' off Iona. Click to enlarge.
Paddle Steamer 'Waverley' anchored in the Sound of Iona.
Eilean Donan Castle. Click to enlarge.
Thankfully not suitable for the lid of a shortbread tin. Eilean Donan Castle at dusk looking towards Loch Alsh.
Jackie Stewart. Click to enlarge.
Triple Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart reunited with his 1971 Tyrrell 003 at Knockhill in Fife.
Hermitage Castle. Click to enlarge.
Mary, Queen of Scots visited Hermitage Castle in the Scottish Borders in 1566.
International Polo. Click to enlarge.
Scotland take on Wales at Scone for the TMI Festival Cup. Wales won.
Sgurr of Eigg. Click to enlarge.
The 50 million year old Sgurr of Eigg.
FB 'Laig Bay'. Click to enlarge.
Flit Boat 'Laig Bay' transferred up to 28 passengers at a time plus cargo from the 'big ferry' to the Isle of Eigg. She retired from the route in 2004 with the opening of a new slipway. She is now used for pleasure cruises from Kyle of Lochalsh.
Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rùm. Click to enlarge.
Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rùm viewed across Loch Scresort. The castle was built by a wealthy Lancashire industrialist in the late 1890s using red sandstone from Annan in southern Scotland. It was the first private residence in Scotland to have electricity. Today the castle is maintained by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Lismore Lighthouse. Click to enlarge.
Lismore Lighthouse is 8km (5 miles) north-west of Oban on the island of Eilean Musdile. First lit in 1833 Lismore is the last lighthouse to be designed by Robert Stevenson, father to the 'Lighthouse Stevensons'.
Plockton. Click to enlarge.
The picturesque village of Plockton with the village of Ardaneaskan at the end of the rainbow.
'Hebridean Princess'. Click to enlarge.
Luxurious cruise ship and former Calmac ferry 'Hebridean Princess' off Mull from the preserved paddle steamer 'Waverley.' Note the passengers and crew out on deck watching and taking photographs of 'Waverley.' Meanwhile, those on 'Waverley' were taking photographs of the pampered passengers on 'Hebridean Princess'.
Ardnamurchan Point. Click to enlarge.
Point of Ardnamurchan, often incorrectly described as the most westerly part of mainland UK. Rum is to the left, nearer and slightly left of centre is Muck whilst Eigg is visible behind the lighthouse. Skye is between Rum and Eigg.
Steam locomotive 'Morayshire'. Click to enlarge.
Preserved LNER steam locomotive 'Morayshire' pulls away from B'oness Station on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway.
Orchardton Tower. Click to enlarge.
Orchardton Tower near Dalbeattie dates from the late 1450s and is unique in that it is the only circular tower house in Scotland.
Her Majesty's Yacht 'Britannia'. Click to enlarge.
Her Majesty's Yacht 'Britannia' at Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. She served as the Royal Yacht for Queen Elizabeth II for 43 years before being decommissioned in December 1997.
Staffa and Fingal's cave. Click to enlarge.
Staffa with Fingal's cave centre.
Oban. Click to enlarge.
Oban, harbour, fishing boats and McCaig's Folly.
Balamory. Click to enlarge.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull.
Glamis Castle. Click to enlarge.
Glamis Castle, Angus.
'Queen Elizabeth 2'. Click to enlarge.
Clyde built Cunard liner 'Queen Elizabeth 2' departs the River Clyde after celebrating her 40th birthday.
Red deer. Click to enlarge.
Red deer at the Scottish Deer Centre, Cupar.
Camas Aird nam Fiasgan. Click to enlarge.
Camas Aird nam Fiasgan, Morrar with the Isle of Rùm in the distance.
MV 'Loch Striven'. Click to enlarge.
The 'Loch Striven' tied up at Kyle of Lochalsh pier. The ferry normally runs between Sconser on Skye and the Isle of Raasay.
MV 'Loch Dunvegan'. Click to enlarge.
'Loch Dunvegan' and her sister 'Loch Fyne' were built on the Clyde to serve the Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin route. Between them they provided a 24-hour ferry service to Skye from 1991 until the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995. After a two year layup and a couple of years serving as a relief ferry, she found a new home in 1999 on the five-minute Colintraive to Rhubodach crossing. She is pictured here at Colintraive in 2011.
Forth Bridge. Click to enlarge.
An instantly recognisable Scottish engineering icon, the cantilevered Forth Rail Bridge. The bridge opened in 1890 and carries two railway tracks for 2.5km (1.6 miles) across the Firth of Forth. The first of six sections for the new 'Queen Elizabeth' aircraft carrier can be seen on a barge passing below the far span of the bridge.

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