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Photographer's Note

This is a continuation from my previous post of Balquhidder Church. As I said before Balquhidder Glen was always MacLaren land, and problems with the clans were commonplace. When there was a threat, runners were sent throughout the territory to rally the clansmen to this point shown on the photo. It is called Creag an Tuirc in Gaelic, (Rock of the Boar) but it is known in English as Clan MacLaren’s Gathering Point. The path to reach it starts at Balquhidder Church and goes uphill through the forest. I’ve marked the viewpoint on the map (link right) You can scroll down following the path, and you will come to the church.

The valley between the mountains is Balquhidder Glen, and the water is Loch Voil. (It looks like a river, but it is a loch.(lake)) There is a very narrow single track road that runs alongside the loch. As you can see from the photo, the weather was pretty good, but as we were driving along we could see bad weather ahead. Black clouds and rain came all the way down the glen, moving quickly. As our main objective was photography we were looking for somewhere to turn round to go back. However, the black cloud with its rain just travelled down the glen, past us and disappeared on its way, leaving us in sunshine again. I have never experienced such a visible micro climate before.

ISO200, FL26mm

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