On the long road up to Skye we stopped for a night at Dalmally, planning to photograph the sunrise at Kilchurn Castle. With sunny spells and very low winds forecast, it looked ideal for the classic image of the 15th century castle reflected in the loch.
After wading through the bogs (good job I had my wellies!) to the shoreline I could see that the winds weren’t quite as low as I hoped, but the view towards the snow capped mountains was absolutely breathtaking nonetheless. After what felt like an eternity the sun finally rose and the mountains were illuminated by gorgeous red light. Luckily one of the spells of light coincided with a still patch and I was able to get some images of the castle reflected. The snow on the tops really was the icing on the cake!
The iconic Kilchurn Castle on the shores of Loch Awe has a long and interesting history. First built in the mid-1400s, as the base of the legendary Campbells of Glenorchy for over 150 years. The Jacobite rising of 1689 saw Kilchurn converted into a garrison stronghold, but was later abandoned by the end of the 1700s. The five-storey tower house still dominates the castle to this day and despite disrepair the castle is home to the oldest surviving barracks on the British mainland.
You can find more about Kilchurn Castle here