The Buachaille Etive Mor

This is a location to which I return frequently simply because I enjoy being here; I also prefer it to that increasingly popular viewpoint beside the River Etive where I have taken many images before. In my opinion this as the best viewpoint for The Buachaille Etive Mor if one wishes to capture the major features of the mountain facing across Rannoch Moor. Crowberry Ridge, Crowberry Tower, Crowberry Gully, Curved Ridge, The Rannoch Wall, The North Buttress and Raven’s Gully are all in clear view.

On this particularly beautiful morning of clear blue skies and rich, fresh and golden autumn colours, The Buachaille Etive Mor rose up magnificently above the wide and flat expanse of the Rannoch Moor. The very directional and early morning light illuminated to perfection every crag and gully on the north face of the mountain.

The River Coupall was quite low so I descended from its banks, covered in a variety of mosses and heathers, and set up my cameras in a gravelly shallow pool in the riverbed. From here I was able to capture the foreground of cascading water which is so attractive as it tumbles over and through the mighty blocks of rhyolite and andesite.

Date : 23rd September
Location Map Reference : NN 23989 55200 : Rannoch Moor/River Coupall
Time : 0805 GMT

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