If you haven’t seen Lost in a Landscape – Sutherland Part 1 can I suggest you take a look back before continuing where you will find more about the background to these articles?
This time the first newly released image is of an abandoned fishing boat A122 at the head of Loch Nedd (Nedd in Gaelic is ‘An Nead’ and means ‘the nest’). Nedd sits along the B869, a stunning coastal road linking Kylesku to Lochinver, part of the North Coast 500 route through Sutherland which I followed in 2016 I have been trying to find the history of the boat but unfortunately have had no success to date so if anyone can help me out with this let me know. Thanks
Next up is one for the Intimate Landscapes Collection and was is from the village of Talmine, a crofting and fishing village overlooking Talmine Bay near Tongue Bay in the Kyle of Tongue. My original intention for calling in at the village was to photograph another abandoned boat but this one was in far worse condition than the one above. Unfortunately, this proved unsuccessful as I couldn’t manage to find a point of view with a suitable background
I did, however, find a run-down croft nearby with what I feel are rather photogenic doors. I like to give images in my Intimate Landscapes rather informative titles so any suggestions would be most welcome.
Kyle of Tongue
Further along the side road at Midtown there is a large sand spit which extends most of the way across the mouth of the Kyle of Tongue to Cnoc an Fhraeceadain opposite which has commanding views along the north coast of Scotland to Orkney in the east, to Durness and Arkle in the West. Also known as The Watch Hill it rises to just over a 1000 feet.
In 2004, television presenter Jeremy Clarkson controversially drove a Landrover Discovery across the heather moorland to the top of this hill to demonstrate its off-road capabilities on the BBC programme Top Gear, provoking the ire of environmentalists.
On the other side of the Kyle of Tongue is Caisteal Bharraich (or Castle Varrich) a prominent ruined castle in a superb prominent.
Caisteal Bharraich is a small tower rebuilt in the sixteenth century. However its history is ancient and goes back at least to the Vikings, built upon and early fort and lookout tower. In later years, the estate became the property of the clan MacKay who in the 15th century built themselves a stronghold.
I started with a boat so I will finish with one but this one is rather smaller and in far better condition but still used for the same purpose – fishing although on a smaller scale. The boat is beached close to the Loyal Lodge boathouse which is part of the Ben Loyal Estate. Loyal Lodge is a former Duke of Sutherland estate sporting lodge which overlooks beautiful Loch Loyal, with the Queen of Scottish Mountains, Ben Loyal, providing its own most spectacular backdrop.
The Ben Loyal Estate is part of the Wildland project whose objective is to help nature take care of itself against exploitation and to preserve as much wild nature and its beauty as possible for future generations. What a great initiative.
I am afraid that brings to an end this series of unreleased images from Sutherland which I have found in the archives so I hope you have enjoyed the journey.
The Sutherland and Caithness gallery contains many more images from this vast area in the north of Scotland. Of course, you can purchase your own print of any of these images by clicking on the photo to gain access to the Print Shop.