Scottish Ramble #7

Alyssa Franklin With our previous visit to the British Isles we traveled to “Edinburgh and Beyond” via my daughter Alyssa’s photographs (Scottish Ramble #6). Alyssa remains in Scotland today working on her Master’s Degree. Recently she made a jaunt north of Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands and sent some tantalizing pictures of the land and water that I’d like to share with everyone.

The Scottish Highlands form one of the most sparsely populated areas in all of Europe. The Highlands contain some of the highest peaks in Great Britain as well as some of the largest inland bodies of water. The Highland Boundary Fault runs across Scotland and divides the country into two nearly equal parts, the northern Highlands and the southern Lowlands.               

Here are some photo-reflections from the land of fens and lochs.

Let’s take a right and head uphill.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say it looks like a fine walk in Wyoming.

Livin’ on the edge.

Ah, the depth, the height, the fresh sunlight washing in.

Loch Lomond. [Scottish Gaelic, pronounced Loch Laomainn]. Largest inland water, by surface area in Great Britain, second in volume to Loch Ness. Famous for its jewel-like islands. In an episode of The Three Stooges called “Pardon My Scotch,” a gentleman asks the laddies, “Are you by chance from Loch Lomond?” To which Curly replies, “No we’re from Loch Jaw!”

The Lomonds, most southerly of the Munro Mountains.

Ben Lomond Mountain, 3,196 feet above sea level. Located on east side of Loch Lomond, it ranks as one of the most popular mountains in Scotland, but can be challenging for inexperienced hikers. All of this region is contained within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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8 Responses to Scottish Ramble #7

  1. A Franklin says:

    Although Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK, the Lomonds to me, so far, are the most impressive. I hope to have some more amazing pics for you. Love you very much.

    • Alyssa, We’ll look forward to more of them! Love you


      • Bob Stanton says:

        Another fine installment of the “Scottish Ramble” series. Alyssa, great photographs. The Highlands and its culture are of particular interest to me, as my 2x greatgrandmother’s maiden name was Gregg, one of the names used by Clan McGregor when the clan was outlawed and the use of the McGregor name was punishable by death. Walt, thought of you today as I hiked the Minister Run Trail loop in the ANF. The upper part of the loop is formed by the NCT. I did it as much as workout as I did for pleasure, so I really pushed the pace. 6.2 miles, 2 1/2 hrs. I think that you would really like this section of the trail, it’s pretty remote and fairly scenic.

      • Bob, Thanks for that reflection of the deep family roots. The history of the rural Isles seems amazing to me, complicated, unfathomable, but nonetheless compelling. As for the ANF trails, you’re lucky to live close enough where you can push yourself like this and have some fun at it. I’d like to revisit those woods again some time, but it’ll probably be awhile… I’m sure Alyssa appreciates your comment, too.


  2. Kenov says:

    Great pictures. Scotland is just such an amazing country.

  3. Please let your daughter know how much we appreciate being able to see Scotland through her eyes and lens. It’s a beautiful country and seeing the pictures brightens my day.

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