What can you do when you are in Scotland for only 5 days…. there is one thing you have to do…. visit Glenfinnan. So yes it’s the birth place of the fictional immortal highlander Connor MacLeod, and of course the viaduct as also featured in Harry Potter movies. But that’s all fiction, historically speaking this is the place that Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rising in 1745. The monument erected in 1815 commemorates this event. The area is, for the lack of a better word, spectacular.
From Glenfinnan and the Loch Shiel we decided to visit another famous historical spot, Rob Roy MacGregor’s grave. This time we chose a different route, and that’s where the problems started. The landscape turned from spectacular to amazing in a few miles. We practically had to stop every five or ten minutes, because the fast moving storm clouds and peeking sun, created jaw droping, breathtaking vistas that could not be passed by.
Finally we arrived at the site of Balquhidder Church, and the graveyard that was Rob Roy’s resting place. It was late, the sun was setting, and the absolutely silent. Another beautiful place. We must have been completely blind, because we could not find the grave, which later on was pointed out to us. We must have walked by it a few times with out even noticing it. Dumb tourists.
Of course all these images were done with the new Fuji X-Pro1. In truth though, it’s the moment and the beauty of the landscape that matters over all.