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IRN BRU

The Soft Drink of Choice - ScotlandThis was our day to leave behind the hills and sights of Glen Coe and Oban and return to Stewarton. After a few days of drinking diet IRN BRU in our caravan park, I was beginning to get attached to this soft drink. It might be billed as Scotland’s soft drink of choice but I guess, like that other Scottish product – fine whiskey, I would need a few more weeks of it to really develop a dedicated taste for it :-).

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The Pass of Glen Coe

Hard as Rock - Glen Coe

The Pass of Glen Coe

We woke to overcast weather patterns and the chance of rain, but not letting that dampen our enthusiasm, Jim and I head further north into the pass of Glen Coe. Along the way, Jim explained to me how climbers in Scotland have given classification names to various mountains reaching above certain elevations with the Munroes representing peaks above 3000 feet, and then below that level the Corbetts, Donalds and Grahams. We weren’t about to capture any of peaks on this particular day but it was interesting to talk about the various groups out to bag all of the Munroes or all of the Corbetts, etc. Very similar to the 46’er clubs of the Adirondack Mountains closer to my home.

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Dustaffnage Castle and Oban, Scotland

Waiting for the Next Meal

Dustaffnage Castle and Oban, Scotland

Aside from a shout in the dark sometime after midnight, when I thought that rain might be coming in the roof hatches of the caravan (it wasn’t), I slept well and entered the morning , ready for the next adventure. Jim had another little walk in mind – along the coastline to a place called Dustaffnage Castle.  Jim hadn’t been on that path before so off we went with a trail guide and no map.

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Caravaning in Scotland

A Touch of Scottish Yellow - Benderlach, Scotland

Caravaning in Scotland

Jim had planned for us to head north in his truck hauling his caravan to a caravan park north of Oban, Scotland.  He felt that he could handle the preparations quite well without me :-), so, while he was getting things ready for the trip, I had a few hours to travel to Eglinton Country Park near Irvine, Scotland to meet up with another photographer, Stevie Manson to photograph the flora and fauna of the area. Some of the birds that Stevie had hoped to show me didn’t materialize and it was a bit breezy for insects but we did manage to have some fun shooting what we found.
Stevie and his damselfly technique The bugs forced him to his knees

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A visit to Stewarton, Scotland

Frequent Train Service

A visit to Stewarton, Scotland

Following my hiking of the Offa’s Dyke Path (177 miles): Offa’s Dyke Path June 2009 , I traveled by train to Glasgow, Scotland to visit with a relative of mine (artist Jim Wylie: jimwylie-artist.co.uk/ )