Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Trossachs

An early start again for the 90 minute journey up to Aberfoyle.  The area around Aberfoyle is one of my favourite places for landscapes.  It is commonly known as the Trossachs from the Gaelic ‘Na Trosaichean’. The Trossachs itself is a small woodland glen in the Stirling council area of Scotland. It lies between Ben A’an to the north and Ben Venue to the south, with Loch Katrine to the west and Loch Achray to the east. However, the name is used generally to refer to the wider area of wooded glens and braes with quiet lochs, lying to the east of Ben Lomond.  Once I witnessed a rather poor sunrise at Loch Venachar, I headed back into Aberfoyle and towards Loch Ard.  The windless conditions help show the colours of the boathouse and trees in the still Loch.

My next stop after this was back along the Dukes Pass towards Loch Achray.  It was a perfect windless morning with no one around.  I stood at this spot for about 20 minutes just taking in the view and a couple of pictures.

The Panorama gives a much better view of the Loch with Ben Venue behind.

My next stop was to take a trip up past Loch Lubnaig towards Loch Voil.  The calm conditions continued, the only disappointment was the cloudless sky.

After this I decided it was time to turn back and head towards home.  I ended up along the east bank of Loch Lomond where I waited for the sunset.  I found an ideal spot beside Sallochy Woods.  The bank had a great line of stones jutting out into the Loch.  Ideal foreground material.  I took various shots using the stones as lead in lines as the sun set, using various shutter speeds along with an ND filter to blur the Loch.  These two are the best of my time here.

After the sun finally set, I started the journey home.  Another good days shooting.