They are bastards.
And in the Highlands of Scotland they are a known problem and nuisance. In fact, the Highland Midge even has its own Wikipedia page, they are that notorious! It’s been estimated they cost the Highland economy £286m per year in deterring tourists from visiting the area.
By the time Autumn arrives, midge numbers are greatly reduced, which means a much happier Lisabet and I!
Speaking of Autumn…
2. Autumn Colours
Autumn in Scotland is glorious; in my experience, it hits its peak from early- to mid-October. We’ll be staying as the colours are changing, which I’m very much looking forward to! Not only that, but sunrise and sunset times are more… sociable, and as the sun is lower in the sky the quality of light is softer, which I very much prefer.
So where are we visiting this year?
Week 1: Cove Harbour, Scottish Borders
We’ve briefly touched on the incredible coast of the Scottish Borders before, notably the St. Abbs Head Nature Reserve. About 10-odd miles north of St. Abbs Head lies a tiny coastal village called Cove.
Once a bustling fishing harbour, the village is now privately owned by Edinburgh architect Ben Tindall. Two main trails pass near the village: the Southern Upland Way and the John Muir Way, so there’ll be plenty of hiking and exploring to do!
I’m looking forward to spending a week right by the coast in a quiet and remote fishing village. Seascapes and fascinating coastal geology here we come!
Week 2: The Isle of Arran
Arran has been on my bucket list for many years now, so I am obviously ecstatic to finally be able to explore this magical island. For a landscape photographer like me, it has it all: pointy peaks, craggy cliffs, castles, unusual coastal geology, caves, lochs, mountains, waterfalls, and so much more.
A particular highlight I’m excited about is Glen Rosa and its view towards A' Chìr Mhòr, a modest but shapely pyramidal peak of (799m/2,621ft).
I’ll be taking the MacBook with me so hopefully there’ll be opportunities to post new work and blog updates whilst I’m in the country. But right now, all I have is giddy, childlike enthusiasm and anticipation.