Scotland Road Trip


Welcome to another blog and welcome to the start of a new series of videos documenting my recent trip up to and around Scotland in October 2019! As many of you know, Scotland is one my favourite places to photograph, and in the autumn time it is simply amazing for photography.
 
I travelled for 8 nights, starting at Dumfries and Galloway and slowly working my way up north trying to find and follow some good weather (with mixed results!)
 
Today’s video shows my first stop in Galloway where I meet up with Project Amber. He worked his magic on my campervan by installing and updating my solar panel and electrics. Now I can monitor my 150watt panel from my phone giving me great peace of mind.
 
After spending the day with Project Amber, and the weather turning, I moved on to The Trossachs where I found much better conditions; calm winds, gentle mist and lots of yellow trees. Actually, the ‘Yellow Tree’ thing becomes a bit of a joke as for a while it seems that all I photograph are lone yellow trees.
 
I continued north to Glencoe, which I can only describe my time here as hell on earth. Driving rains, storms, blustery gales! Everything I didn’t want for my trip. I begrudgingly persevered long enough to get a couple of images, but soon bailed on the area and made my way to the Cairngorms National Park.
Here things were much more subdued; no drama but plenty of lovely warm Autumn colours… and lots of yellow trees.
I met up with another fellow YouTuber and friend of mine, Murray: AKA Scotland’s Mountains. We loaded our camping and hiking gear and headed off into the wilderness and up the mountains. Despite our enjoyable hike with amazing scenery, the weather took a turn for the worse as we climbed higher.

 With just enough time to grab a shot & not wanting to be stranded in the snowstorm that was arriving we took the decision to head back down to our sheltered camp in the woods. Naturally, a small sip of whisky to round off the day was shared, before we turned in for the night.
Keep watching over the coming weeks to see my trip unfold. In the meantime, if the weather holds, I shall be returning to Scotland very soon, this time accompanied by Simon Baxter and my new inflatable canoe! Fingers crossed!