Loch Droma Ross And Cromarty Scotland
Whilst navigating around Wester Ross area we took a break overlooking this Loch for a few minutes.
Part of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail this gorge runs down into the sea past Ullapool.
Following the A832 road brings you to this delightful spot where the river that parallels this road h...
Having eaten our lunch on the rocks the view just had to be captured as well.
Looking down from the old bridge onto the river Garve, behind us the new bridge can be seen.
We came across this peaceful Loch near the village of Badavanich whilst touring around the Wester Ros...
There are some great walks to be taken either beside this Loch or in the Beinn Eighe National Nature ...
Another view of the Loch from one of the short walks along the shore line.
Following along the Wester Ross Trail, this view from above the village of Badlurchrach looks out ove...
Ravens Rock Gorge in late Summer
The Black Isle is neither black nor an island. The A9 north from Inverness passes along it and there ...
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