While the landscape looked intriguing so did one particular place, Ardvreck Castle. A ruin on the edge of the lake and fairly close to the road. It is one of many castle ruins to see in Scotland but something about it kept drawing me back to looking at pictures of it.
|The haunted castle on Halloween|
At first my plan was to stay for a few hours and then head back to some mountains I wanted to photograph, but the light was great and the castle kept revealing different views to me, that I stayed and stayed right to sunset.
|Wild Country of Assynt|
So here I am alone, under brooding skies, at a haunted castle on Halloween.
This is fun!
As the night swept across the land and the darkness set in, I set up to make images of the castle in the dark. At first I was photographing the castle across the water but then I went up to it, set up the camera on the intervalometer to do shots one after the other. Then I set out to walk around the castle in the dark occasionally lighting it with my flashlight.
|Brooding skies and rain|
The next day dawned with sun and rain that I watched near Stac Polly. Standing in the rain watching a sunrise is such a Scottish thing. A day then spent hiking in the rain. I started on the trail to Suilven but the constant rain made travel tough and hid the mountain again and again. I decided better to find drier places and gave up on a 12+ mile hike. This is something I need to consider overnighting the next trip.
After a day in the rain I welcomed the chance to camp at Altandhu and a hot shower. Cooking Scotch Broth in the wind and rain and falling asleep to the wind, rain and crashing waves.
|Suilven rises in the distance|
Rainbows, clouds, wind, rain, fall color, red deer, brooding skies. I saw it all.
Again, I found it an intriguing area and one that needed more time on a future visit.
I wrapped up my days in the north thinking three nights in an area was just not enough time and I should have stayed for three weeks.