Loch Loyne and the Mountains of Knoydart and Glen Shiel

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is a land defined by the character of its mountains. To the north and east are the mighty Cairngorms, a vast granite plateau rising to wild and bare uplands of scanty soils and grits with magnificent corrie headwalls that cosset the birthplace of streams. To the north and west, in total contrast and much of it built with some of the oldest rocks in the world, are tall remote mountains with steep sided ridges and lengthy glens that stretch out to the sea lochs of Nevis, Hourn, Duich, Torridon and Broom.

Lesser in stature but not in magnificence are the isolated stacks of sandstone and quartzite set upon plinths of ancient gneiss that stand in bold isolation above the wild moorlands of the far north of the Scottish Highlands – Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Cul Mor, Quinag, Arkle and Foinaven – to name just a few. Then there are the many islands, in particular the Isle of Skye, with its jagged peaks and sharp aretes beloved of the hardiest and most skilled of mountaineers; these are without doubt the most awesome and challenging mountains to be found anywhere in Britain.

I must confess that my head and my heart have always been drawn to the north west of the Scottish Highlands and so the collection of images displayed here favours the mountains in that part of the country. It is that magical and most infinitely diverse blend of mountain, glen and loch that has so much appeal and challenges the compositional skills of a photographer such as I who seeks to portray the facets of the scene that lies before him. The magnitude of that challenge is amplified by the fact that the mountains of the Scottish Highlands can be shrouded in mist for days at a time and then, suddenly, will appear in skies of outstanding clarity only to disappear again with equal rapidity.

Loch Torridon Sunrise
Loch Torridon Sunrise
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Mam Ratagan
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Mam Ratagan
Rannoch Dawn, Scottish Highlands
Rannoch Dawn
The Cuillins of Skye from Elgol
The Cuillins of Skye from Elgol
Stac Pollaidh Panorama, Scottish Highlands
Stac Pollaidh Panorama
The Buachaille Etive Mor from the River Coupall
The Buachaille Etive Mor from the River Coupall
Suilven and Canisp, Scottish Highlands
Suilven and Canisp
First Light on An Teallach
First Light on An Teallach
Liathach Torridon Panorama, Scottish Highlands
Liathach Torridon Panorama
Alpenglow on The Buachaille Etive Mor
Alpenglow on The Buachaille Etive Mor
Suilven and the Mountains of Inverpolly
Suilven and the Mountains of Inverpolly
Glen Garry, Loch Garry and the mountains of Knoydart beyond
Glen Garry, Loch Garry and the mountains of Knoydart beyond
Ben Nevis North Face
Ben Nevis North Face
Glen Shiel in Spring, Scottish Highlands
Glen Shiel in Spring
The Aonach Eagach from the River Coe
The Aonach Eagach from the River Coe
The Cuillins of Skye from Lochan nan Eilean
The Cuillins of Skye from Lochan nan Eilean
Loch Garry Sunset
Loch Garry Sunset
Glencoe Autumn Reflections
Glencoe Autumn Reflections
Sunset Over Skye, Scottish Highlands
Sunset Over Skye
Rannoch Moor Moonset and Sunrise
Rannoch Moor Moonset and Sunrise
Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment
Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment
Kintail Rainclouds, Scottish Highlands
Kintail Rainclouds
Buachaille Etive Mor in Winter
Buachaille Etive Mor in Winter
Loch Loyne and the Mountains of Knoydart
Loch Loyne and the Mountains of Knoydart
Beinn Alligin Winter Sunrise, Scottish Highlands
Beinn Alligin Winter Sunrise
The Cuillins of Skye from Sligachan
The Cuillins of Skye from Sligachan
Bla Bheinn Spring Reflections
Bla Bheinn Spring Reflections
Kintail Sunrise, Scottish Highlands
Kintail Sunrise
Clouds Over Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands
Clouds Over Loch Ness
Slioch from Loch Maree, Scottish Highlands
Slioch from Loch Maree
The Saddle, Glen Shiel, Scottish Highlands
The Saddle, Glen Shiel
The Pap of Glencoe in Winter, Scottish Highlands
The Pap of Glencoe in Winter
Aonach Eagach First Snows
Aonach Eagach First Snows
Beinn Sgreathall Sunrise, Scottish Highlands
Beinn Sgreathall Sunrise
The Brothers of Kintail
The Brothers of Kintail
Spring Snow on the Cuillins
Spring Snow on the Cuillins
Marsco from Lochan nan Eilean
Marsco from Lochan nan Eilean
Glen Garry Summer Sunset
Glen Garry Summer Sunset
Glen Shiel in Spring, Scottish Highlands
Glen Shiel in Spring
Glen Shiel in Autumn, Scottish Highlands
Glen Shiel in Autumn
Morning Light on Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands
Morning Light on Loch Ness
Loch Cluanie, Scottish Highlands
Loch Cluanie
Sunrise on the Blackmount, Scottish Highlands
Sunrise on the Blackmount
Glen Loyne Shower Clouds
Glen Loyne Shower Clouds
Five Sisters Winter Panorama
Five Sisters Winter Panorama
Loch Scavaig and the Cuillins
Loch Scavaig and the Cuillins
Liathach from Loch Clair, Scottish Highlands
Liathach from Loch Clair
Glencoe Sunrise, Scottish Highlands
Glencoe Sunrise
Storm Clouds Over Loch Loyne
Storm Clouds Over Loch Loyne
Ben Nevis North Face in Winter
Ben Nevis North Face in Winter
The Five Sisters from the Mam Ratagan
The Five Sisters from the Mam Ratagan
Suilven From Strone, Scottish Highlands
Suilven From Strone
Arkle from Loch Stack
Arkle from Loch Stack
Loch Garry Cloudscape, Scottish Highlands
Loch Garry Cloudscape
Spring Snow On The Saddle
Spring Snow On The Saddle
Aonach Eagach Reflections, Scottish Highlands
Aonach Eagach Reflections
Stac Pollaidh Reflections, Scottish Highlands
Stac Pollaidh Reflections
Ben Nevis Dawn, Scottish Highlands
Ben Nevis Dawn
Snow Clouds Over The Storr
Snow Clouds Over The Storr
Foinaven from Loch na Thull
Foinaven from Loch na Thull
The Great Glen Way above Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands
The Great Glen Way above Fort Augustus
Glencoe Panorama, Scottish Highlands
Glencoe Panorama
Morning Light on The Buachaille
Morning Light on The Buachaille
Ben Lawers and Loch Tay, Scottish Highlands
Ben Lawers and Loch Tay
The Aonach Eagach Ridge and Loch Achtriochtan, Scottish Highlands
The Aonach Eagach Ridge and Loch Achtriochtan
Loch Clair, Scottish Highlands
Loch Clair
Beinn a'Bheithir across Loch Leven
Beinn a'Bheithir across Loch Leven
Sgurr nan Gilean and Am Basteir
Sgurr nan Gilean and Am Basteir
Loch Damh, Scottish Highlands
Loch Damh
The Saddle and Faochag in Winter
The Saddle and Faochag in Winter
Loch Duich Morning Cloud
Loch Duich Morning Cloud
Loch Duich Sunset, Scottish Highlands
Loch Duich Sunset
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Above Ratagan
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Above Ratagan
An Teallach from Loch Droma
An Teallach from Loch Droma
Liathach and Beinn Eighe, Scottish Highlands
Liathach and Beinn Eighe
Loch Torridon Panorama, Scottish Highlands
Loch Torridon Panorama
Morning Light in Glen Shiel
Morning Light in Glen Shiel
The Pap of Glencoe and Loch Leven, Scottish Highlands
The Pap of Glencoe and Loch Leven
Glen Garry Winter Sunrise
Glen Garry Winter Sunrise
Loch na Dal, Scottish Highlands
Loch na Dal
Bla Bheinn and Loch Slapin
Bla Bheinn and Loch Slapin
Loch Leven Sunrise, Scottish Highlands
Loch Leven Sunrise
Loch Quoich, Scottish Highlands
Loch Quoich
The Ridges of Ben Nevis
The Ridges of Ben Nevis
Mountains of the Glen Garry Forest, Scottish Highlands
Mountains of the Glen Garry Forest
Kintail from the Great Glen Way, Scottish Highlands
Kintail from the Great Glen Way
The Buachailles from Lochan nan Urr, Scottish Highlands
The Buachailles from Lochan nan Urr
Clouds Over Liathach, Scottish Highlands
Clouds Over Liathach
West Face of Aonach Dubh from the River Coe
West Face of Aonach Dubh from the River Coe
Loch Loyne in Winter
Loch Loyne in Winter
Five Sisters Spring Reflections
Five Sisters Spring Reflections
The Cuillins in Winter
The Cuillins in Winter
Cuillin Cloudscape
Cuillin Cloudscape
Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch
Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch
Ben More and Stob Binnein
Ben More and Stob Binnein
Cairn Lochan Summit, Cairngorms
Cairn Lochan Summit, Cairngorms
Slioch and Loch Maree, Scottish Highlands
Slioch and Loch Maree
Ben Nevis from Corpach, Scottish Highlands
Ben Nevis from Corpach
Loch Cluanie and the Kintail Brothers
Loch Cluanie and the Kintail Brothers
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Ratagan
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Ratagan
The Cuillins from Sligachan
The Cuillins from Sligachan
Bla Bheinn from Strath Suardal
Bla Bheinn from Strath Suardal
Cloud on the Buachaille, Scottish Highlands
Cloud on the Buachaille
Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis
Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis
Ben Stack
Ben Stack
The Five Sisters from Leanachan
The Five Sisters from Leanachan
An Teallach in Autumn
An Teallach in Autumn
Glencoe from the Lairig Eilde, Scottish Highlands
Glencoe from the Lairig Eilde
The Scottish Highlands - The Mountains of Loch Clair
The Mountains of Loch Clair
The Scottish Highlands - Ben Nevis North Face
Ben Nevis North Face
The Scottish Highlands - Stob Dearg Buachaille Etive More
Stob Dearg Buachaille Etive Mor
The Scottish Highlands - The Waterfalls on the Allt Dearg Mor at Sligachan
The Waterfalls on the Allt Dearg Mor at Sligachan
The Scottish Highlands - The Beinn Dearg from above Shenevall Bothy
The Beinn Deargs from above Shenevall Bothy
The Scottish Highlands - The Saddle at First Light
The Saddle at First Light
The Scottish Highlands - Ben Nevis from the south
Ben Nevis from the south
The Scottish Highlands - Ben Nevis North Face in Winter
Ben Nevis North Face in Winter
An Teallach Reflections
An Teallach Reflections
The Five Sisters of Kintail in Autumn
The Five Sisters of Kintail in Autumn
Loch Avon, Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands
Loch Avon, Cairngorms
Glencoe from the Buachaille Etive Mor
Glencoe from the Buachaille Etive Mor
Five Sisters Dawn
Five Sisters Dawn
Ben Cruachan from Ben Lui
Ben Cruachan from Ben Lui
Slioch from Grudie Bridge, Scottish Highlands
Slioch from Grudie Bridge
Suilven from Stac Pollaidh
Suilven from Stac Pollaidh