All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!

I’ve just recently watched (a few times!) the recently released (on DVD) Macbeth.

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It’s a fabulous story for those of you who are not familiar with it plus it’s shot in some fantastic locations. 

It just so happens that I visited most of them in 2015!

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland   


The Quiraing in Skye   


And around Sligachan and The Fairy Pools in Skye   


So, watch the movie and who knows, you may be tempted to visit the shooting locations!
Here are my less cinematic movies of my visits to these locations in 2015.

Seahouses 2015

Skye 2015

Skye trip April 2013

I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months! I picked up my friends and we set off for Skye from Manchester at 0800 hrs. on Friday 26 April. As usual, we stopped off at Inveruglas then later at the Commando Memorial just north of Spean Bridge.


We arrived at Roskhill Barn around about 1710 hrs. We had a lovely meal of homemade Spaghetti Bolognese and a couple of bottles of beer before we hit the sack, extremely tired after a long days drive.

We woke up on the Saturday, bright and breezy, full of anticipation of what the day would bring. I had already planned some walks in the previous weeks. Today’s was going to be Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools circuit. I had selected this walk from the Walk Highlands website. This website is a fantastic resource for anyone planning to do some walks on their Scottish holiday!

The actual walk details are available here.

We arrived at the car park and got into our walking gear by about 1000 hrs. The scenery from the car park itself is stunning, with Sgurr an Fheadain which sits in Coire na Crieche, in the central Cuillin on view.

It’s a short, enjoyable, not too strenuous walk to some rather stunning waterfalls.

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To give you a sense of scale my friend David is standing at the top of the waterfall…

Dave PirieHe looks fairly insignificant, yet he’s about 6′ 4″ tall!

There are some great views over to Sgurr Thuilm from here too!

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After we’d taken our photographs and had a lunch break, we went to visit the Talisker distillery.

TaliskerThis is my idea of heaven!!!


And here is ‘Team Skye’…


Sunday was a bit of a washout, with squally showers all day. We did manage to visit Duntulm Castle though…




We then visited Portree and had lunch at ‘The Lower Deck’


All in all a thoroughly enjoyable trip – can’t wait for the next one!

UPDATE – October accommodation is booked!!!


This time next week…

I’m off to Skye next week, and I cannot wait.  By about this time I’m hoping I’m not too far from the commando memorial at Spean bridge…      I always stop here when on the way through the Highlands… 20111007-180206.jpg


I’m staying at Roskhill, here to be precise   roskhill barn
  It’s a lovely cosy place. Last time I was there, whilst relaxing on the evening, I asked my colleagues to break out the nightcaps…. 20111010-072402.jpg

Ovaltine wasn’t exactly what I had in  mind….

   Anyway, let’s some hope for some photographic splendour!!! 20111001-111555.jpg


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The story behind the Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair image

It was a boiling hot July day in 2005 when I parked up at the car park in Glen Torridon and removed my kit from my car boot


I stooped down to fasten my tripod to the side of my Berghaus Crusader rucksack.

Rrrrriiiiiiiippppp – my pants split from my waistband to the bottom of my arse cheek on the right hand side.

After due consideration I decided that I couldn’t really continue walking up Coire Dubh Mor with my pants flapping about and my undercrackers on show, so…


I put all my kit back into the boot of the car and drove along Glen Torridon to Kinlochewe where I found a walking kit store. After carefully choosing some pants that actually fit I jumped back into the car, drove back to the car park and started all over again…

I captured this image at the end of a wonderful walk…


Images from Skye trip

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The weather wasn’t very conducive to photography, anyway, here’s what I managed to produce after 4 days on the beautiful Isle Of Skye…