Nature Photography of Scotland - Nature paints the landscape
around the small crofting community of Elphin in Assynt
Sutherland.The nearby Inverpolly Nature reserve is a great
area for photography which shows Scotland at it's wildest.
Photographing the Scottish landscape can be such a frustrating
experience, you know what you want, but mother nature
refuses to co-operate. I had visualised this scene many
times before as I drove northward on the A835, but the
conditions were never right. It had to be in the morning,
it had to be cloudy, it had to be windy, the sun had to
shine to give me the pools of light and pick out the houses
and I had to have patience and press the button at the
right time. One morning I got lucky and this is the result.
Elphin and nearby Inchnadamph are two of the very few
inland settlements in the parish of Assynt and are both
situated in areas of limestone offering the crofter a
more fertile soil than the acidic peat which covers most
of the area.
Assynt is a mecca for the geologist both amateur and
professional and it is not at all unusual to see the moors
covered by tiny figures scurrying from one outcrop of
rocks to another. Visitors from around the world come
to study its complex geology. The results of a survey
by the British Geological Society in the early 1900's
proved to be of immense importance in the world of geology.
A memorial near Inchnadamph recognises the work of two
men Ben Peach and John Horne, who were responsible for
the survey. An excellent visitor attraction is the geological
trail at Knockan Cliff where you can identify the different
rock types of the area and learn of its importance in
the world of geology. The centre lies above the A835 just
before the village of Elphin and is run by the Nature
Conservancy Council a walk along the nature trail gives
outstanding views across to Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor
and a visit will help you understand the landscape which
Caving is another draw for the visitor to Assynt and
here you can find the longest cave in Scotland. I'm afraid
I prefer the open spaces and the only caves I have visited
in the area are the Bone Caves, where as you would expect
from the name human and animal bones were found and so
the caves are now a protected area.