My Saturday Drive
Exploring beautiful Scotland!
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, in its full glory! No helipad this time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Made a little poll yesterday to see what you wanted the next post to be. Unfortunately, the results didn't come soon enough and had to go on to the next series of photos. I do listen and appreciate every single comment and like from each and every one of you, so, there you go - one last shot of the lighthouse! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The stats and facts remain the same as in the original post so not gonna bother you with that here. If you like what you see, do not hesitate to like, comment and follow and if you want to read more about my drives and adventures in Scotland, head over to my website (link in bio). mysaturdaydrive.com
Feeling Glen (edit- Reelig Glen- damn you autocorrect) is a little forest in Scotland, home to UK's tallest trees, @maryannepugh_ for scale 😅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Situated just outside of Inverness, Feeling Glen is home to the mighty Douglas Fir trees, well over 100 years old and measuring around 170feet! The tallest of them was named Dùghall Mòr – Big Douglas, standing at 200 feet in the year 2000. Not sure if it's still standing there.. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a nice little walk, very quiet and can take about 40 minutes at a leisurely pace 😅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you think? For more interesting facts and tips about Scotland, go to mysaturdaydrive.com (link in bio to my latest article).
On the fine line between order and chaos! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As Jordan Peterson puts it brilliantly in his book, 12 Rules for Life, we humans require order but order can become excessive, which is not good. Chaos, however, can swamp us when we lack order, and that's not good either. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To survive, we need to be on the fine line between order and chaos and I thought this would be a good metaphor for the above, 2 dimensional image. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At the edge of the cliff, standing between solid ground and the infinity of the ocean, I found myself at peace! Why do you like the seaside? Comment below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more of my thoughts on Scotland, head over to mysaturdaydrive.com. link in bio for latest article!
Quite liking this angle of Mull of Galloway Lighthouse! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I did not realize they had a helipad until I went up to the viewpoint! I thought this would make for a cool shot and took it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we visited, the actual tower was closed for renovations unfortunately. I do want to go up one day to see how close to feeling like a bird you get! The lighthouse itself is 320 feet tall and the cliffs on which it was built are 260 feet above sea level! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you ever been up top in a lighthouse? Visit mysaturdaydrive.com for more travel tips around Scotland!
Here's another look down the cliffs at Mull of Galloway, this time the two birdies pictured here were deliberate subjects, unlike yesterday's shot! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And just like them, @maryannepugh_ and I were just basking in the sun, taking in what felt like the first proper little boost of Vitamin D in 2019 and enjoying the wonderful costal views! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How did you spend your weekend? Comment below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Hope everyone's enjoying their weekend! If you haven't seen last evening, I posted a nice wee article on my website. Check the link on bio and have a read if you'd like! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, here's a nice wee shot of the cliffs at Mull of Galloway! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I thought an image of the cliffs would be ok..ish but this seagull happened to be in the right place at the right time, becoming a nice little subject for the image! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Does this happen to you? Set up a shot and as you take something a little bit better happens at random adding that much goodness to your image? Let me know below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Mull of Galloway Foghorn ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀➡swipe for sound!⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I kid you not when I say, this was the first time I ever experienced this. It was so amazing and weird. The whole ground was shaking and it sounded like the war noises of a army of white walkers from Game of Thrones! 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On a more serious note, we were just wondering about the lighthouse when we suddenly hear this locomotive like engine start up and chug away. We were a bit vexed as we didn't know what it was for. We kept on wondering and saw a sign for a foghorn. We didn't put 2 & 2 together and realized why there was an engine when the whole valley started shaking and echoes of horn bouncing off in the distance, making itself heard all the way to Isle of Man probably. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you ever heard a foghorn? Also do you watch GOT? Comment below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Scotland's most southerly point! Please appreciate this shot as a few bushes had their way with me in my attempts to take it! 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seriously though, this was an incredible experience! It was amazing feeling like we were at the edge of the world, with sun and sea for miles in front of us. We even got to hear the foghorn which as absolutely insane! I'll try to post a video of that in the stories so keep an eye out! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you like it? Comment below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Mull of Galloway is Scotland's most southerly point! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In an attempt to escape the dreadful weather clouds hovering above Glasgow, we made our way south, and thought this would make a good target! And man what a wonderful day it was! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pictured here are my legs in a very instagrammy fashion at the very edge of Scotland! I wish I was there right now! The fresh air, the sun, absolutely no wind and the incredible feeling of open space made me want to stay there forever! I encourage everyone and anyone to pay this place a visit! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Which green country to you think I was facing, a few miles into the distance? mysaturdaydrive.com
Happy International Unicorn Day everyone! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know the unicorn is Scotland's national animal? Given Scotland's long history of myths and legends, it should come as no surprise that Scotland chose the unicorn as its national animal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The unicorn was thought to be the strongest of all the animals, wild and untamed, just like Scotland! It was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms in the 12th century. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pictured here we have this wonderful dark beast found needing petting and hey, on a farm right next to Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. Feel free to show her some love in the comments below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Given all the shots I posted recently from Irvine, there had to be one of Irvine, itself! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shot this from one of the abandoned jetties on the side of the road heading towards the beach. Even though the sun was setting, the light was still quite harsh. I did play around with the sliders in post processing to make it look nicer but it leaves me wanting softer light. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I like visiting Irvine! It's a nice wee town, at least in my eyes. I am noticing a few more restaurants and coffee shops popping up here and there so it must mean it's getting a wee bit more popular. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With that being said, I do like that it's quite quiet and peaceful and the only noises you hear are the birds and the waves most of the time. This meant for one of the most relaxing city shoots I had ever done. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you think? Would you have waited for softer light? Comment below! mysaturdaydrive.com
Is #swanday a thing? 😅 Cause if it is, there you have it! A nice little boi basking in the warm evening sun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Didn't know this pic would turn out this way. I just wanted to get a close up of him since he was quite friendly and in need of a snack. The still quite harsh sun and his white feathers meant I exposed for the white and the majority of the dark bay water in Irvine became black. I do like the contrast between the black and white though, in harsher light! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not an award winning shot by any means, but a nice one non the less! What do you think?
Evening everyone! A bit of a late one tonight as we just got back from today's drive! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today we went to Scotland's most southerly point! Leave a comment if you know what it is called! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime I leave you with @maryannepugh_ contemplating what a beautiful day it's been while looking at Isle of Arran in the distance! mysaturdaydrive.com
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the guardian of the beach!😅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a Lesser black-backed gull and it is red-listed by the British Trust for Ornithology because their population is globally threatened by a rapid decline in numbers. If you visit Scotland, you will be hard pressed not to find one though, whether you are at the beach or Glasgow City Centre! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be wary of the ones in city centres though, as they prey on your food and are not afraid to dive bomb, smack you in the head, and steal your fries (don't ask me how I know this). Who else here thinks that they are evil? Comment below! mysaturdaydrive.com
My first attempt at street photography... on the beach! haha!😅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Quite liked that stretch of water across the sand and the reflections you got out of it. This was a case of being in the right place at the right time, as the light was nice and soft from the beautiful sunset behind, there was only one person in the frame, and was already trying to take the image. That man just happened to walk into the frame but it turned out quite well if you ask me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you think? What should we call this image? I would call it, The Beetle That Went to the Beach! mysaturdaydrive.com
Change of scenery! Scotland is not only a beautiful place for its mountains and lochs, but also for its beaches. And when it's not windy, you can actually have a great time at the beach! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pictured here is the beach in a town called Irvine, on the west coast of Scotland. I am realising it's becoming a tradition for @maryannepugh_ and I to wonder out here every time the clocks change to summer time to bask in some mutch needed sun and have a nice relaxing walk on the beach. Although it still is cold, under the warm sunset light, you can be mistaken for a second, that you are somewhere else. The smell of sand and sea water together with the pleasant warmth of the sun on your face can do wonders to the winter beaten body and soul. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That, as well as a 4 scoop cone of ice cream goodness from the renowned @vanillajoes can make for a superb evening! What's your favourite beach in Scotland? mysaturdaydrive.com
Happy Tuesday Coosday everybody! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But most importantly, thank you so much to all 600 of you who have followed so far, even you, yes you, follow unfollowers! 😂 It truly means a lot to be able to share some of these wonderful moments with people from all over the world! I love responding to your comments and I feel like slowly but surely am getting My Saturday Drive to be part of an amazing community! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To anyone new, or who's not been following for long, I just want to remind that there is a giveaway when we get My Saturday Drive to 1k followers! I am giving away a print to a random follower so be sure to follow and share with your friends. If you don't want to, that's just fine. A like or a comment is also highly appreciated and I will give back tenfold! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks again everyone and hope you have a lovely day! mysaturdaydrive.com
We made it to the top... Well almost made it 😂. It turns out there are only so many hills you can climb in trainers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's one of the last pics from the current series around the Glencoe area. We were hiking up to Stob Mhic Mhartuin on what seemed like a beautiful sunny spring day. Although you know the weather can change rapidly in the Highlands, especially when going up a hill, you tell yourself, nah, it will be fine. It's sunny outside... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, in our case, right after this patch of snow/ice there were some lovely rain/snow clouds. The top was only a few hundred metres away from us but walking up a river in the freezing rain wasn't something that we wanted to do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also heed this warning! Just because there's snow there, doesn't mean there's snow all the way to the ground. It turned out that parts of that snow were just covering holes so we could have easily fallen through! No reward comes easy though, and I think hiking is a good metaphor for life in general. A hard path, if planned correctly, can be enjoyable and can lead to amazing destinations! mysaturdaydrive.com
Evening folks! Here's another shot from the hike in Glencoe, last weekend. This time, of the West Highland Way in all its glory! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The West Highland Way is 96 miles long and stretches from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a great variety of Scottish scenery, from parks to loch shores, open moorlands and steep mountains. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This part of the West Highland Way is from Buachaille Etive Mor, doing towards Kinlochleven. In the background you can see a bit of Binnein Not, standing tall at over 1000 meters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There was a hillwalker right in front of us but he kept on getting away. I thought it would make a good picture of his silhouette on the path, but unfortunately, he got away. What you see is a little stock graphic of a human, perfectly positioned where I wanted it haha! Like and comment if you made it this far down the description and if you thought the person was real! mysaturdaydrive.com
Here's another angle at yesterday's shot, this time looking towards Stob Nan Cabar (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong). Same technique applied: a bit of patience and a bit of HDR work in Lightroom and voila! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also, I managed to find the name to the little burn (Scottish for creek) pictured here. It's Allt a' Mhain. The trick to finding all of these names, which normally are not on Google maps, is to use Bing maps because on top of the usual traffic, street view etc, they also have an option for ordnance survey maps, which tell more information about the geography. I am quite proud of myself for knowing this haha! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also expect less activity from me tonight because @maryannepugh_ and I are celebrating 3 years together! 💑🎉🎉. Hope everyone's having a great weekend! mysaturdaydrive.com
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