Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place

A Soft Day at Corpach, Fort William

Location:-  A Soft Day at Corpach, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland

18th April

(C) David Oakes 2018


A Tight Fit……

Ship Repairs

Mallaig, West Highland Coast of Scotland

Many a small harbour round our coastline finds room for a local ship repair yard…often it is a tight squeeze between high water level, workshops and fish merchants, all vying for space.  Equally amazing it the skill and initiative used to accomplish the most challenging of tasks….not just a paint job but maybe even a new side piece and whilst that is all going on they tackle an engine refit.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday…….. A Gift from the Gods


Letterewe above Poolewe

I had climbed to the top of this pass the previous day.  It looks east towards Meall Mheinndh and Slioch part of a mountain range that looks down upon what is called the Letterewe Forest.  We had enjoyed a string of red early morning sunrises and this look like the perfect location to capture just such a sunrise.

So it was up very early the following morning and off up to the top of the pass again.  The signs were all promising, it was cool, the sky and horizon all clear. But as I trudged up the glen a wispy high level cloud started to appear from behind me from the west.

Was the early morning rise going to come to nothing, would the rising sun beat the cloud. Well it turned out to be a dead heat.  No red sun….but once it had cleared the distant mountain a diffused glow was the reward, and a few of ‘Gods Fingers’ to add to the joy of the morning.

Not the image I had planned (or should I say visualised) but a very different look…..

A Gift from the Gods

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Rain Again…


The Five Sisters of Kintail….

Rain again today and with it low cloud and a grey sky that seems to get darker by the minute. Sometimes rain doesn’t quite seems so bad….It was indeed wet when we were by Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands last year.  Looking towards Morvich and the mountains know as the Five Sisters of Kintail…it was pouring down but somehow, possibly because we were in such fantastic scenery, it didn’t seem so bad.

12th January

(C) david Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday….So off to Church


Ardgour Parish Church, North Corran

As you travel round the Highlands of Scotland you can find numerous old, many ruined, Churches, Chapels, Kirks, and ancient places of worship.  With all the ruins about you could be forgiven if you thought the Highlanders had given up religion.

Nothing would be further from the truth.  Now I am not talking about the towns and Cities not even the numerous villages that all have many more than just one place of worship. As you travel round the Highlands you come across fairly modern churches away from a centre of population.  They all seem well kept by obviously proud congregations, a congregation that must be from a wide country community.

Ardgour Parish Church  may not be one of the remotest that we have found, but still located well away from hustle and bustle of life. Located on the western shore of Loch Linnhe it is part of the wider parish of Ardgour, Morvern and Strontian.

The exterior is of local granite with a slate roof, built in1829, simple in design in what is known as the Parliamentary Style.

The interior appears much more modern….


In fact the interior was installed in 1931.  A curved wooden ceiling lowers the height and a magnificent carved wood Alter and Screen below a simple stained glass window give the interior a distinctive design and then the colour choice of yellow adds light to whole interior.

Off the beaten track maybe…. but well cared for and many signs that the church is well attended.  The care extends to the graveyard that surrounds the church far better maintained than so many of our churches in our towns and cities.

But what better way can there be than when leaving the Church you are greeted with a wonderful view down the Loch towards Ben Nevis…



22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2017