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Stirlingshire lies just to the north of the Central Belt of Scotland (effectively the narrow neck of the country between Glasgow and Edinburgh) between the Campsie Fells to the south and Perthshire to the north. It was described by the 18th century Scottish essayist Alexander Smith as "like a huge brooch (which) clasps the Highlands and Lowlands together."
The county is bisected from east to west by the Carse of Stirling, the flat and mist-prone floodplain of the upper reaches of the River Forth lying between the Fintry and Gargunnock Hills to the south and the Braes of Doune to the north. Following an extensive programme of clearance and drainage in the 18th and 19th centuries, this originally desolate and boggy area now comprises some of the best farming land in Scotland. From a photographic standpoint, the Carse is characterised by impressive views of the bounding uplands and (providing the weather is right!) some stunning skyscapes.
Much of the western part of the county lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and, as such, is covered in a separate dedicated gallery. This gallery contains images of the remainder of the county, from the eastern borders of the National Park to the towns of Stirling and Falkirk on the tidal reaches of the River Forth.
When driving to the Lake of Menteith, the only "lake" in Scotland, it is extremely hard to spot it until you have arrived. Although there are really only two photographic viewpoints, one is (fortunately) supremely positioned for a spectacular sunrise and the other (equally fortunately) is good for sunsets. In particularly hard winters (regrettably not that often), when the loch is completely frozen for several months, the loch is the site for the curling match (the "Bonspiel") between the North and South of Scotland - an event not to be missed!
The Campsie Fells, known locally as "The Campsies", are a well-known, and highly visible, landmark about 10 miles NE of Glasgow.
The hills are the first major topographical feature North of the Antonine Wall (built in the 1st century A.D.) and represented the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire as existed at that time.
Loch Achray is situated in the heart of the Trossachs, at the north end of the Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine road across the Duke's Pass. It is a small, sheltered, loch overlooked by the imposing rock spire of Ben A'an to the north, and the majestic crags of Ben Venue to the west, and offers a multiplicity of views for the landscape photographer.
Since the surrounding woodland is a mixture of conifers and hardwoods, the loch is at its spectacular best in Autumn.
Long exposures (> 1 sec) using a variety of neutral density filters.
Although the majority of "waterfall" images in the various galleries are long exposures, they are not included here but are contained in a dedicated Waterfalls collection.
A tutorial on the use of these filters for long exposures may be found HERE
Sutherland is the most northwesterly county on the British mainland.
Although the southern boundary of the county lies on the Inverkirkaig - Ledmore axis, this gallery is restricted to images taken north of Kylesku and Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin, with those taken south of such being contained in the Coigach and Assynt gallery.
Coigach and Assynt lie on the northwest coast peninsular bounded by Ullapool and Loch Broom to the south, Eddrachillis Bay, Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin and Kylescu to the north, and the Ullapool - Ledmore - Kylesku road to the east - with Coigach lying to the south of the Inverkirkaig - Ledmore axis (effectively the Ross and Cromarty / Sutherland boundary) and Assynt lying to the north.
Whilst the two areas are regarded as separate entities by most, they are impossible to separate photographically as many of the views shot in Coigach include areas of Assynt and vice-versa.
Loch Chon, the quietest loch in the area, is (more or less) completely surrounded by forest. Since many parts of it are invisible from the road, the only visitors tend to be pike fishermen and photographers. If you just want to get away from the hurly-burly of life and relax in splendid solitude, this is the place to come!