Scotland & Northumberland Trip

October 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Ok so I was recently away for a week and a half with friends on a trip to the scenic north east and then Scotland.

What fabulous scenery there is up there – can’t believe I’ve only ever been as far as Berwick before!!! I’ve been missing out for all these years!

First day was spent travelling, to Northumberland (specifically Embleton, nr. Alnwick)

It was raining quite heavily when we arrived, but as the whole point of going to Embleton was to get some photos of Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Bay, we donned out waterproofs and walked the mile or so through the ever heavier downpour and freshening wind.

Now, shooting in rainy conditions is not easy at the best of times. Add to that the coastal spray and the wind, and it made the whole excursion questionable!!

Sitting next to the fire in the local pub later, we lamented our folly as we tried not to drip into our pints while drying off!

Reliably informed by the local patrons that the rain would cease by midnight we made plans for a 5am start to catch the dawn light over (hopefully a drier) Embleton Bay.

Thankfully, other than a short spell of drizzle, the dawn excursion was a great success and the pics should show that

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The rest of the day was spent walking from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle along the coast path, around the castle and back again, all the while taking photos. Much nicer day it was too – much drier!

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Next day we set off on the remaining leg of the journey to Scotland.

Scotland has some amazing scenery, even from the long straight road that is the A93, and the cottage we were staying in was set in a remote part of it, a few miles outside the highest village in the highlands, Tomintoul.

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The next week was filled with trips to Scottish castles, Loch Ness (to be told that there’s no way Nessie could exist…! Fair ruined my holiday, that did!!), the Highland Wildlife Park and a fair amount of walking. Fabulous holiday, and I hope you agree, some wonderful photos!

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