On the Jacobite Trail

The brooding Head of Glencoe

On a recent, unusual assignment I had the chance to pass through and photograph some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland, all of which has a Jacobite 'wars' connection. My ultimate destination was the shore of Lochailort.

The Campbell's are coming!

To get there from home I had to drive up Loch Lomond side to Crianlarich, through Tyndrum on over the eerie Rannoch Moor and into the maw of the Glencoe - awe inspiring landscape which truly does take your breathe away.

It has a very eerie feel

Royal Standard of the King of Scotland

Past the site of the massacre at the mouth of the glen and from there across the bridge past Ballachulish and on to Fort William (first named after Orange and the recalibrated after the Hanoverian).

Where the standard was raised - head of Loch Shiel

Bedding down on the side of Loch Linnhe, I pressed on the next day through Glenfinnan having passed the station at Locheil. I paused at 0800 to take a shot of the monument in tribute to the raising of the Stuart standard at the head of Loch Shiel before finally reaching Lochailort.

Rannoch Moor from the head of Glencoe

A day's work spent looking out from the far shore towards the rail line to Mallaig used as the track of the Hogwarts Express and known as on of the top 10 rail journeys in the world was a welcome change from skyscrapers and airports. I had the pleasure of the whole experience in reverse at the end of the day.

Dramatic exit from the Glen of Weeping

Warfare Highlanders

Passing under the enormous shoulder of Ben Nevis which appears far larger than it actually is (as many Scottish mountains do because they rise out of the sea and straight up) I finally arrived back home 36 hours later inspired by the beauty on my doorstep.

Jacobite Clansmen

Travel as I do, there is nowhere in the world like the Western Highlands.

Jacobite camp followers - The Macdonalds of Glencoe?