Lochan na h-Achlaise, is the name of the water to the west of the road which crosses Rannoch Moor, it offers this view with a tree that has probably had more cameras aimed at it than any
other of such arboreal insignificance
This page brings photographs of one of the more desolate/magnificent - depending on your personal feelings about such places - parts of Scotland; mostly taken in winter. The pass of Glen Coe meets Rannoch Moor at the moor's north west corner; these photographs come from this area. Rannoch Moor is not large, being some 50 square miles
(130 sq kms) in extent, but is crossed only by the Fort William railway, and the road which runs to, and then down, Glen Coe. It is probably the part of mainland Scotland most widely photographed and hence best known to those who have not been to the country. This page will have succeeded if it gives you an idea of Rannoch's photographic appeal.
Beyond Lochan na h-Achlaise the range of hills is known as the Black Mount, a name which saves...
...visitors the problem of having to remember that, for example, the above hill is Meall a'Bhuiridh
Then turning to the east looking across Rannoch Moor. The dark area under the hill to the left is the only habitation in the area - Black Corries Lodge; mist hangs over the land, looking like water in this light
The photo above was taken from the A82 which is the nearest public road to Corrour station. If you imagine being able to see through the hill to the right of Black Corries Lodge for a distance of about 10 miles you might see this platform!
Not only the most isolated, but also highest of Britain's railway stations at 1,340 ft (408 m)
Among the trees is Black Corries Lodge, a house on the Black Corries Estate which can be rented (by those with very deep pockets)
Without spoiling the sense of wilderness too much, people do offer scale
- here to Meall a'Bhuiridh
Views from the main road looking east ...above, the Fortingal Range to the south of Rannoch Moor
...Loch Bà, and the flat expanse eastwards
...here Beinn Pharlagain lying beyond the railway
From a slightly higher angle, again to Beinn Pharlagain, with Loch Laidon now in view
From 20 miles to 20 inches: snow etching mountains to ice etching leaves
...And a burn near the head of Glen Etive
To the head of Glen Coe: the iconic Stob Dearg...
All that snow has to come from somewhere - and here is a very large amount
on its way.
A photograph from just north east of Rannoch Moor
Portrait of Stob Dearg. This is the end member of the ridge of hills - Buchaille Etive Mor - that greets the visitor as they travel from Rannoch Moor down into Glen Coe.
Glen Coe as a whole has eight Munros. The classification as a Munro is not always without demur as the definition is to be over 3,000 feet (919.4 m) and be on the official list, and so 282 of the possible 508 summits of that height in Scotland turn out to be Munros
The Buachaille Etive Mòr ridge runs for over two miles...
...above 3,000 ft. Here the serrated end hill is seen in snow...
...and here Stob Dearg as a sombre mass in later spring
On every side of the Glen crags offer some of the best climbing in the Scotland
The view of Glen Coe from the Rannoch Moor road - just visible as a thread running from the right side of the photo
Turning back to Rannoch Moor, and an echo of the conical form of Stob Dearg in a rock. Unlimited peaceful space
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