Saturday, 14 July 2012

Scottish Islands

This is going to be a picture heavy post for which I make no apologies.  You can never get too many photos of beautiful Scottish countryside.  We recently had a very enjoyable week on a coach holiday in Scotland touring some of the Western Isles.


The view from our window on the Isle of Mull.


The shore below our hotel.


A lovely evening walk along the shore and below, a handsome fellow taking his evening ease on a rock.


Looking across to Ben Nevis in the far distance from the Island of Mull.


 We were privileged to watch these beautiful creatures from our bedroom window on our last night on Mull.


Above, the very beautiful Abbey on the island of Iona.


I have always wanted to  visit the island of Iona and we were so lucky on the day we went that the weather was kind to us.  High winds later in the week stopped us getting to Arran. This beautiful beach above and below was a fair distance from the quayside but it was well worth the effort of the walk.

 These sands really were this white....


This beautiful line of seaweed is sure to inspire some future work.

 And this is looking along the beach the other way.  Couldn't you just spend hours here in this peaceful place?

  
These sheep are enjoying the sunshine on Adionra Croft. (Sunday: I apologise, if like me, you've clicked on the photo and got an eyeful of a certain sheep doing what comes naturally ;-)  I hadn't noticed when I posted it.  It gave me a laugh to start the day today!)


A beautiful bed of cottage flowers in an island hotel.





Above and below the harbour area and the Abbey as seen from the water.


To be continued..........


20 comments:

Heather said...

What beautiful photos Julie - thankyou for sharing them. I would love to visit Iona, especially the Abbey. It is amazing that the place is almost deserted even at this time of year.

JP said...

it is such awonderful place in that kind of weather isn't it - we satayed at oban and did the trip to mull and iona - the colours are just so amazing and the peace of iona is beyond compare - I found it much more spiritual than lindisfarne - these colours are just so you!

Sandra Wyman said...

Lovely photographs - I want to be there!

Angela said...

Beautiful photos Julie.

ju-north said...

Beautiful! It's worth the journey to get there!

Bella Gingell said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful place. Comparable to many busier southern and foreign counterparts, these white sands are a joy in the fine weather.

sharon young said...

What a lovely post, Julie, your pics look as if you were very lucky with the weather. We keep promising ourselves to go to Scotland, but always end up in France for the weather, think we'll have to go looks amazing.

Peneller said...

Lovely photos Julie and just look at that blue sky! Loved your sheep photo as well and I didn't actually notice the "natural" activity! By the way the sheep are Szwarbles, a breed that is not native to Scotland, but more and more are being introduced. They have lovely fleece and I think are also used for milking! Can't wait for the next instalment.

Sandie said...

Lovely photos...brings back happy memories!
The light up there is so good.

Thanks for sharing!
Sandie xx

judyscottdesigns.com said...

we were there at the same time!!!!!! I don't believe it :) what a beautiful place it is so happy you enjoyed yourself too - love the sheep pic hehe ~ Judy x

liniecat said...

I wonder if the light up there is the same and as wonderful as in Cornwall?
I
fab photos, it looks like Heaven to me, but then chances are Id love it in bad weather too!

liniecat said...

I wonder if the light up there is the same and as wonderful as in Cornwall?
I
fab photos, it looks like Heaven to me, but then chances are Id love it in bad weather too!

imac said...

Well done Babe,
memories abound.

Maggi said...

Fantastic photos Julie. Amazing blue sea and sky. Thanks too for the sheep photo!

pam said...

Oh that looks such a beautiful place a lovely holiday.

Clare Wassermann said...

Peace and inspiration!

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Oh, just beautiful. I as so disappointed not to have gotten to Iona because of a Force 9 gale. One day...

Your sheep is hysterical! You couldn't have done that if you'd tried ;) x

underatopazsky said...

Stunning photos - when the West of Scotland delivers on the sunshine it really is amazing.

Linda said...

Wonderful photos.....especially those dreamy beaches.

Julia Ionov said...

Ahh, nature, i just love the nature, especially the beaches. This is the first time that I have seen islands of Scotland. Thank you for taking time to share this one to us.
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