Winter paints Loch Eck

Seeing double: reflections

Seeing double: reflections on Lock Eck, Argyll

Before returning to the Scottish Borders our family spent a number of years in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Argyll is a place of dramatic scenery, both soft and wild, majestic hills, fathomless lochs, desolate moors, lively seas, indented landscapes and isles with an identity of their own. Indeed Argyll boasts twenty six inhabited islands and a coastline longer than that of France. Parts are undoubtedly Highland in culture and outlook, parts reflect the central belt of Scotland, parts are a curious amalgam of both.

Loch Eck

From the shores of Loch Eck, Argyll

Loch Lomond and Loch Ness have long been the headline-grabbers of Scottish lochs. The one basks in an air of romance because of the perennially popular yet enigmatic traditional song with its reference to Loch Lomond’s bonnie, bonnie banks. The other is best known for its enigmatic monster called Nessie.

Yet to those who stay near it and to many of those who visit, Loch Eck, surrounded by dramatic hills that reflect in its often mirror-surfaced water, is equal to or surpasses both Loch Lomond and Loch Ness in its rugged beauty and tranquillity imbued with a brooding sense of history.

Snow-capped hills, Loch Eck

By the shores of Loch Eck, Argyll

In Loch Eck’s chill depth survive Arctic Char and Powan, two species of fish now rare in Scotland, while in summer pleasure boats rake the surface and children from a nearby outdoor centre learn to canoe.

Hills and canoes, Loch Eck

Canoes on the shores of Lock Eck beneath snow-capped hills

And while Loch Eck doesn’t boast a monster there are tales of a water sprite so apart from deer and a multitude of wildlife, you never know what else you might just see.

Loch Eck: hills

Loch Eck

Inn beneath the hill

An inn snuggled by the shore, at the foot of the hills.

Light fades on Loch Eck

The gloaming, Loch Eck

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I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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12 Responses to Winter paints Loch Eck

  1. mybrightlife says:

    Beautiful. My husband sailed on a few of your Lochs when he was younger. We weren’t together at the time – he loved it and it is something we talk about doing one day.

  2. carolee1945 says:

    Your photos make me want to get an airline ticket, pronto!!! Thanks.

    • I’d wait until the weather is warmer. The west coast of Scotland is wetter, though often slightly warmer, than the east. It’s the rain that makes it so green and causes much vegetation to grow rampant. Near Loch Eck is a Botanic Garden, a mountainside outstations of the National Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

  3. Sheila says:

    Those photos are incredible. I especially love the one of the inn with that dramatic mountain scenery rising up behind it. I’m guessing Loch Ness must be much more touristy. I hope you were able to see the water sprite!

  4. d1nx says:

    Magnificent pictures and love the your descriptions. The Loch Eck looks the most beautiful of the 3 although they are all stunning. I adore the gloaming picture.. magical.

    • There is something very special about Loch Eck. You can walk or cycle along its western shore and it seems like around every twist and corner there is something new to see though the air is heavy with history.

  5. Walter says:

    “Canoes on the shores of Lock Eck beneath snow-capped hills” Nice photo.

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