Mountains High…


The Torridons, Highland Scotland

A rare late August day, the Heather turning and clear mountain air.

On a brow above Upper Loch Torridon, looking down Glen Torridon below the massive slopes of Llathach, just one of a number of challenging mountains that make up the Torridon Range.

As always

  Please Remember ….  

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other 

11th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winter Warning…….

It was near the end of a wet September afternoon in the Highlands of Scotland.  When I say wet I do mean wet, the rain was as bad as it gets in the shadow of the big mountains of Torridon.  Then unexpectedly a break in the clouds and a touch of sunshine and a great view along Upper Loch Torridon appeared as is by magic…..and those rains were cold enough to leave just a sprinkling of white on the slopes.  No time for tripod just jump out of the car, select the best viewpoint one could and then shoot…..well I like it and I hope you do……


Back to today and the weather has been once again rather spring like, not that I have been anywhere to enjoy it.  But listening to the weather forecasts for this weekend ahead it does sounds as if we are in for some more wintery weather with snow warnings for Sunday.  We will just have to wait and see.

8th February

© David Oakes 2013


At this time of the year I always collate together this years images.  This starts a process which  reminds me of the Favourite Places we have visited this year. I say ‘favourite’ but in truth we have enjoyed all our travels around the U.K. and it is sometimes hard to choose the best.  But here goes…………

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Derwent Water, Cumbria

Anytime, any year, this is my all time favourite location. Brandelhow Woods, Otter Bay, the shore below Cat Bells and the view across to Skiddaw just has to be the best.  AND in the Lake District that is saying something when you have so many great locations to choose from.  The Langdales, Wast Water, Tarn Hows…the list could go on.


The Langdales


Wast Water, Wasdale


Tarn Hows

Of course no visit to Cumbria would be complete in springtime without a glimpse of Daffodils….perhaps the best of which are here at Dora’s Fields near Rydal.



North of the border and into Scotland for our next brief review of places I love to linger. The first stop is the Cuillin Hills, on the Isle of Skye from the Sligachan. More often than not covered in cloud but occasionally offering a brief glimpse of the dramatic black ridges.


The Cuillin’s from the Sligachan

The Torridons, Wester Ross are the next stop with the mountain of Beinn Eighe towering above equally as great mountains such as Liathach at the head of Loch Torridon.


The Torridons from Shieldaig

The Castle of Mey we are told was HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother favourite Castle and holiday home. Perched above the Pentland Firth  you can understand just how captivating its isolated location can be. During the season the castle is open for well informed guided tours and make any visit to the castle extra memorable.

Disc One

The Castle of Mey

A little to the south the Scottish countryside is just a touch mellower and Royal Deeside and the Balmoral Estate offer some spectacular scenery. We only discovered the Royal Glen Muick this year and without doubt we will be back to explore further.  Loch Muick, in the shadow of Lochnagar was one of Queen Victoria’s holiday haunts where she built a magically located Lodge.


The Lodge, Loch Muick, Glen Muick

But like all mountainous areas the weather in Deeside is often inclement but still spectacular……….


The Dee, Braemar, Royal Deeside

Deeside is on the southern flanks of the Cairngorms but to the north hidden in one of the many glens is this small but beautiful group of lochs.  Part way down Glen Feshie and hidden by woodland is this little gem…..


We head back south of the border to Northumberland a county overflowing with history and castles.  It is hard to choose my favourites but if forced to choose would have to select Bamburgh and Warkworth.  Bamburgh stands dominant on a crag above the North Sea whilst to-day Warkworth gives you the appearance of being some way from the sea but was once linked to the sea via the River Coquet.

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Warkworth Castle

In Part 2 of this little tour of Britain we will head to the south of England and also into Wales.  But before we close Part 1I have to include the location that has given me so much pleasure.  It is also an area that is not well visited despite its close location to Blackpool lying off Morecambe Bay to the south of Lancaster.  It is a favourite wintering site for waders and wildfowl but also a great birding site throughout the year…it is the Wyre Estuary, wild yet very accessible and well worth a detour if in that area…..

a Morning Feast, The Wyre Estuary @ Skippool Creek, Stanah

28th December… be continued