Saturday, 30 June 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, Fraserburgh, a photo by iancowe on Flickr.
"To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a beacon was lit on top of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse. The lamp was also relit for a few hours as well - it was great to see the lighthouse in operation again for a short while.
Kinnaird Castle was built in 1570 by Sir Alexander Fraser, 8th laird of Philorth. It was sold to the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1787 and converted into the NLB's first lighthouse by Thomas Smith, a lampmaker from Edinburgh. The lighthouse has been modified over the years by the Stevenson family of engineers and was replaced by a modern lighthouse in 1991. It is now the centrepiece of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.
The history of the Wine Tower (to the right of the lighthouse) is unknown but it is as old as the castle. There is a legend that the daughter of one of the Fraser's fell in love with someone who the family didn't approve of. In order to prevent the daughter marrying this person she was imprisoned in the tower where she duly leapt to her death onto the rocks below. The rocks around the tower are painted red in commemoration of this story." (Ian Cowe)
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
"We got an extra day's holiday to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last week, which was nice. Watched a bit of the celebrations on TV, but thought to myself, how do I really want to remember this event? I won't look back in 10, or 20 years and think, "on the Jubilee, I sat and watched the telly", so I decided to pack myself, tent and dog into the car and head off for a spot of wild camping on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
I have to say it was a truly mind-blowing experience, which I'll remember for a long while. Glorious weather (which seemed to be unlike the rest of the UK), quiet, peaceful and best of all, still light at midnight. I was in my element snapping away as the twilight lasted for hours. I photographed until about 11.30pm, then sat with the dog, a wee Crabbies Ginger Beer and watched the light fade away after midnight.
Grabbed a couple of hours sleep and then back up for the sunrising at 3am… photographed for another couple of hours until the light became too bright, then packed up and headed home to get the kids and go swimming for 10…" (Stuart Stevenson)
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
"Taken from Brisdale beach in Knoydart. This area is thought to be the most remote area in the British Isles and is often referred to as Britains last wilderness. Ten miles from any roads its an amazing walk in along Loch Hourn. Some of the most stunning mountains and beaches I've seen."