A long weekend in Scotland was undertaken (Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th) and although not a birding trip, the camera accompanied me for those "just in case" moments. I joined eight friends, four of whom were cycling in the etap Loch Ness, a 66 mile trek around the Loch. No mean feat after driving the course the day before the race and witnessing the steep climbs out of Fort Augustus as the cyclist returned alongside the southern side of the Loch back to Inverness. We all managed to visit Aviemore and a trip up the mountain train to the summit of the Cairngorm Mountain where we were met with a wind chill temperature of -19 C and blizzards like I have never witnessed before. To be honest, it did make the trip worthwhile, experiencing the harshness of the weather in extreme circumstances. It became apparent as to how easy it can be to be caught out on the mountain side, as some people are. A few images posted below but in truth, the camera never got a lot of wildlife action.
Loch Ness (the South Western end)
Above Fort Augustus
Deer on the top of the climb out of Fort Augustus
Song Thrush in Fort Augustus
Hooded Crow along the River Ness
Snow Buntings seen in the Cairngorm National Park