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Sunday, 9 August 2009

Guess Where?

Guess where I've been these last few weeks?

Double-click to enlarge photos.


Rachel Fox said...

Have you been to Scotland and not come to visit? Outrageous!

The Solitary Walker said...

Was mainly on the west and north coasts, Rachel, not the east!

(After your own challenging photographic clues, I thought I'd make mine a damn sight easier. So - no prize.)

Delwyn said...

Hi Walker

What is the castle in the top image?

Happy days

The Solitary Walker said...

It's Eilean Donan Castle, Delwyn, on Loch Duich - half-way between Shiel Bridge and the Kyle of Lochalsh in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Bit of a tourist trap, though. You can check it out on www.eileandonancastle.com

Anonymous said...

Not the Jamaica Daily Gleaner then! I should have remembered that castle from last year's holiday at Attadale


The Weaver of Grass said...

How did you fare nidge-wise?

The Solitary Walker said...

Most of the time the wind and the rain kept the midges away... though the nidges were a bugger, I can't half tell you.

Rita said...

Lovely castle photo. I will have to put it on my long list of places to visit.

gleaner said...

Wow I love thecolours and views in the top 2 photos but the last photo disturbs me - is there a petrol chain-store named after me?

The Solitary Walker said...

I think this was crassly insensitive of me and insist on taking it down immediately. I hadn't thought it through. I do apologize. (How bitterly ironic the petrol company had this name!)

gleaner said...

Lol, I was initially excited to see my name, thought it might be a second hand shop but no, a petrol station. Thats a terrible name for a petrol station, gleaners never destroy in their takings, they always take whats left-over or unwanted, without disturbing, which is quite unlike these gigantic greedy companies.

Okay, I'm still going to think of myself as a gleaner in a Millet painting in rural France or a collector of discarded objects.

am said...

I would have guessed Ireland, being not at all familiar with Scotland's coast. Beautiful sky, water, land, castle and bridge. It touches me.

My father traveled to the Orkney Islands in the 1980's and must have seen seascapes like these. I don't recall any images of coastline but will have to look through his slides again.

Dominic Rivron said...

Climb any hills? Great castle. Shades of

GUARD: 'Allo, daffy English kaniggets and Monsieur Arthur-King, who
is afraid of a duck, you know! So, we French fellows out-wit you a
second time!
ARTHUR: How dare you profane this place with your presence!? I command
you, in the name of the Knights of Camelot, to open the doors of this
sacred castle, to which God himself has guided us!
GUARD: How you English say, I one more time-a unclog my nose in your
direction, sons of a window-dresser! So, you think you could
out-clever us French folk with your silly knees-bent running about
advancing behavior! etc., etc.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Beautiful views, Solitary! Wish I could visit this place - though the nidges sound worrisome.

The Solitary Walker said...

Am, I nearly went to Orkney but had no time in the end. You could see Orkney quite clearly from the Scottish mainland at John O' Groats and Duncansby Head. But I did visit the Western Isles of Harris and Lewis.

Great quote, Dominic!

Raph, the nidges were a far bigger problem than the midges - some of them up to half an inch long, and with a ferocious bite. Some even had tartan colouring as camouflage - so they could buzz out from some piper's kilt and latch onto your exposed bits before you had chance to say 'Och aye, it's those wee mingin' beasties again.' The Scots keep the little blighters secret - you never find stuff about them in the tourist brochures - they just don't want to put off potential visitors.