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Scotland- Castles and Photography

Updated on January 29, 2013

I'm from Yorkshire (Up north), the largest county in England, so i'm lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world at my door step. The Peak District National Park is the second most visited National Park in the world and that isn't far from me. But the beauty of Scotland is truly inspiring for any photographer/artist/ writer/ tourist, just about anybody will fall in love with the country. The country, the history, the landscapes, the rain, the people. If you have ever visited Scotland you will know what i mean. If you haven't, pop it on your bucket list as a must visit country.

Anyway, one week in April I decided to have a week holiday in the lower west part of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway. I decided to make it my mission to visit as many castles/abbeys and places as possible. The driver was not impressed. By the end of the weeks journey we had racked up and accumulated hundreds of miles on the car clock.

I thought I would share with you some of the photographs I had taken during my stay in beautiful, sultry Scotland. I hadn't taken any fancy, expensive, proffessional photography eqipment with me. In fact the camera I used was simply a 4 mega pixel canon power shot camera. Very dated now and not the best. But i can't part with it yet, it has been with me on many a journey (I know you can get a million pixel plus cameras these days, but my trusty 4 meg one has never let me down) I Have no doubt that had I taken an 8 meg camera or a proffessional zoom lens, the photographs would have been so much better. But I just wanted to show you that you can take fairly decent photographs with just a 4 meg camera as well.


On one of the photographs there is a figure of a man standing right at the top of the castle. See if you can spot it. This figure was not there when i took the photograph. Spooky. What is strange is out of all the castles I visited, I didnt see anything strange, hear anything strange or have any weird feelings (I actually thought all the castles and abbeys were peaceful and tranquil). Even though that castle looks pretty from the outside, with the yellow daffs blowing on the grass, it was the only castle where i had a strange feeling like i was being watched! one room was so dark, I felt like some presence was hiding in the shadows. Weird then to think that a figure showed up on that photo. What do you think??

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      Ninasvoice 3 years ago from England

      I agree Patkay. If only we could be a fly on the wall in times long past. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

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      Patrick Kamau 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      These are castles that have seen and heard a lot. The photos are great.

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      John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Ach, Ninasvoice, Yer tour o' Scotland was much appreciated. It is a stunning country, but then as I'm Scottish I would say that anyway. I'm surprised ye got enough dry days tae take the photographs. Voted up, and when ye go further north, let's see those castle photos as well.

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      Alex Longsword 5 years ago from Nicaragua

      These images are beautiful. I hope to visit those places some day.

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Robertthewettsr, I wondered what that button was. Looks like an interesting site to join. :-) I also hope you get the chance one day to go. :-)

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Nina look on the right side of your hubpage above and you will see a button titled "Pin it". You will also see that your hub has been pinned 2 times so far. If you click on that button it will take you to the PinInterest site wheere you can sign up and then pin hubs you like.

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Thankyou all for the lovely comments. Roberthewettsr your welcome. I have no idea what Pinterest is, but i am 'interested' to know :-)

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Nina, thanks for sharing this beautiful and interesting Hub. Scotland has always been a romantic image in my mind and a place I would love to visit. Probably will never get there, but it is a nice dream. Thanks for following me, I am now following you and I am sharing this Hub on Pinterest and my Tweet group.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Nina, I love your photo tour of Scotland. Yes, it is a place I would love to visit some day. How exciting to have a castle just in the area. I have always had a fascination for them since childhood. I saw the man -- puzzling for sure!

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Yeah, it's the biggest county in England (and best, but i'm bias) I bet you have lovely weather though over at your end samnashy. It's unpredictable English weather isn't it :-(

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      jennyjenny 5 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      What a great hub! So beautiful the scenery, I can hardly imagine. Awesome pics, I have an old 5 mp that takes great pics, too. Sometimes your old standby is the best. :) Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to visit someday! You're right though, the man on to of the castle is a bit creepy! ;)

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      Sam Graham 5 years ago from Australia

      I didn't realize Yorkshire was the biggest northern county & I'm from the UK. Shame on me. Superb photo's, I miss the architecture and history of dear old Blighty. Great hub.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great views of the castles and the countryside! So much history behind those walls and a bygone time. I don't know if I will ever visit Scotland but these pictures certainly make me wish I could explore in such places!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Nina, Great photos. What a beautiful area, thank you for sharing. Would love to visit someday.

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      Ninasvoice 5 years ago from England

      Hi Carol, Thanks very much. I think we have both been on hubs for a similar amount of time. Wow your hub pages are FAB! you are a very talented writer. You have so many interesting topics. I'm not going back on your profile today or i will not come away from them. Just when i think i have finished reading something another one of your hubs will catch my eye. It's great you have been to England and Scotland on your bike, you can probably take in the sceanary better on a bicycle.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      First of all I envy you living in such beauty. We have traveled through England and Scotland by car and bicycle. Your photos are magnificent and appreciate your taking time to share all this beauty..Love the castles. Voting up, sharing and pinning.