“The Ancient Isle of Eilean Donan”.

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Having been featured in photos, ads, and films, the island fortesss known as Eilean Donan has spent centuries solidifying its position as the most iconic image of Scotland for natives and foreigners alike.
Built on an island a mile away from the Village of Dornie, the land was first occupied in 634 AD, home to the monastic cell of Bishop Donan.
During the 13th century Alexander II built the first incarnation of Eilean Donan to defend the surrounding mountains of Kintail and the Isle of Skye against the Viking hordes.
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This original castle is said to have an immense curtained wall connecting seven towers and spanning the entire island.
Come 1719, a lesser-known Jacobite uprising partially destroyed the structure, and for the following 200 years it lay in near ruins. Finally in 1911, Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap arrived.
He bought the island and restored the castle, reopening it in 1932.
via Eilean Donan | Atlas Obscura.

“The Kelpies”.

 

the-kelpies-giant-horse-head-sculptures-the-helix-scotland-by-andy-scott-5The Kelpies are two 30 metre (100 ft) high horse-head sculptures located at the Forth and Clyde Canal in The Helix, a 350 hectare parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area of Scotland. They are the largest public artworks in Scotland.
The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013.
The Kelpies are a monument to the horse powered heritage across Scotland.
the-kelpies-giant-horse-head-sculptures-the-helix-scotland-by-andy-scott-10The kelpie is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore, possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways.
Built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding, The Kelpies weigh 300 tonnes each.
While construction began in June 2013 and was complete by October 2013, the process of fabricating the steel was several years in the making.
via The Kelpies: Scotland’s 100 ft Horse-Head Sculptures «TwistedSifter.

“B/W Images by Winram”.

Laurence-Winram01An ongoing series of double exposure portraits by Scottish photographer Laurence Winram.
When I was out shooting the background bushes image I had some guy come up to me asking why I’m shooting ‘dead trees’. Laurence-Winram06I did explain how it would be used but his face never gave that look of understanding of what the hell I was on about.
I just have to live with it that someone out there thinks I shoot dead trees for fun.
I just should have said I was a twitcher, is that less weird?
See more Images via Shadow: Photos by Laurence Winram – Faith is Torment.

Lighting the Old Man.

Lighting the Old Man
On a stormy autumn day a fleeting shaft of light illuminates the Old Man of Storr and other pinnacles of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
This photo is a finalist in the Travel category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest.
Image Credit: Photograph by Garry Ridsdale, Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Source: Lighting the Old Man | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

‘The Golfers’ by Charles Lee 1847.

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The centrepiece is the greatest golfing painting in the world, Charles Lees’ famous 1847 masterpiece The Golfers.
This commemorates a match played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, by Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther, against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Saddell.
It represents a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Scottish golf at that time and was famously reproduced in a fine engraving which sold in great quantities.
Lees (1800-80) made use of photography, at a time when it was in its infancy, to help him design the painting’s overall composition.
The image in question, taken by photography pioneers D O Hill & Robert Adamson, is included in the show and Lees’s preparatory drawings and oil sketches also are displayed alongside the finished painting to offer visitors further insight into the creation of this great work.
Impressions of The Golfers are now in many of the greatest golf clubhouses around the world.
The painting is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
via ‘The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland’s National Sport’ opens at the Scottish National Gallery.

“Lion’s Mane Jellyfish.”

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The winning images in the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards have been selected from thousands of entries.
The overall winning photograph was by George Stoyle and was a picture of a Lion’s Mane jelylfish taken off the Scottish island of Hirta. / BWPA.
See more images via In pictures: A celebration of British wildlife – BBC News