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Wish you were here?

July 23, 2013

Is this the most beautiful view in Scotland? No, of course not: there are an infinite number of ‘most beautiful views’ here. It’s undoubtedly one of them, though, and one of the most painted by artists.

On a blazing hot summer day, here are the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rhum beyond the sugar-fine white sands of Morar. I photographed it from the Jacobite steam train en route to the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films as the route of the Hogwarts Express. This may just have been my sons’ best day ever.


P.S. I will not be answering comments at the moment, but am enjoying reading them and I look forward to catching up properly in a week or two. Happy holidays!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Bud Simpson permalink
    July 24, 2013 1:39 am

    We brought home a small parcel of sand from morar – as well as a few limpet shells – and we look at it all nearly every day as a reminder of our perfect day at Morar.

    • August 13, 2013 11:14 pm

      You know how special it is, then! I, too, am an incorrigible collector of souvenir shells.

  2. July 24, 2013 8:38 pm

    How fantastic to be travelling on the Hogwarts route. Does the train company make any nod to Harry Potter?

    • August 13, 2013 11:17 pm

      It was Sooooo cooool, as my boys would say. We all hung out of the windows on the Glenfinnan Viaduct and fancied ourselves with owls and pumpkin pasties. Sadly the train company ignores HP in its publicity, however: I think they must be constrained by the film company, or something.

  3. July 25, 2013 4:36 pm

    How beautiful! That looks close enough to paradise to me. Hope you are having a wonderful time – there’s nowhere better to be in sunny weather.

    • August 13, 2013 11:18 pm

      Absolutely, there is nowhere better than the west highlands and islands when the sun shines.

  4. July 28, 2013 5:33 pm

    What a glorious view. That light is extraordinary. Hope you’ve having a wonderful time in Brittany and avoiding the thunderstorms the rest of us seem to be getting. 🙂

    • August 13, 2013 11:20 pm

      I haven’t seen anything more beautiful all summer, although some of the views from the westerly headlands of Finistère came very close. We escaped with just one storm and many sunny days, and it was utter bliss, thank you! Hope Normandy is treating you well, too.

  5. Caroline Waterlow permalink
    July 30, 2013 9:11 pm

    Wow, how extraodinary! My first vist to Scotland last week, and I find you writing about the very places I visited. Maybe we passed each other like ships in the night! I took the train from Glasgow to Arisaig, spent a few days there. A wonderful train journey, I was so overwhelmed by stunning impressions, kept spinning round like an exited puppy trying to take it all in at once. One day took a bus to Camusdarach, not quite as far as Morar and walked back along the sands to Arisaig, – it took me about 8 hours , stopping and wondering, exploring and paddling……..and then a glorious week on Eigg, singing and walking. I shall be back.

    • August 13, 2013 11:22 pm

      Your holiday sounds quite magical and so inspiring. Singing and walking in the islands – what more could one want?! You chose a very fine way to begin your exploration of Scotland. 🙂

  6. August 5, 2013 12:09 am

    Oh, yes, I do wish I was there. Gorgeous view. Train ride! How wonderful. Grab all the fun!

  7. August 11, 2013 10:09 pm

    Oh yes! I wish I was there this very moment. So perfect.

  8. September 2, 2013 7:04 am

    hope you are well… imagine silence due to boys and school and prep etc… miss your posts…

    • September 3, 2013 4:41 pm

      Bless you and thank you for checking in! I shall be back as soon as poss, now the holidays are ending.

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