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The Return Of The Strowan Tunnel

At 99 yards in length, the Strowan Tunnel is the shorter of the two tunnels on the former Crieff & Comrie Railway and despite it's short length, it manages to pack in a lot of interest, both in it's story and it's use of lining materials (or a lack of). This photo was taken at the southern portal, looking north and as you can see, the tunnel begins with a partial concrete and brick lined section, giving way to an all brick section. After that there is a significant unlined portion leading to a short brick…

Slow Worm

Not too far from the Dundurn Viaduct (between Comrie and St. Fillans), my friend noticed this guy basking in the midday heat. It's very rare that you'll see a wild reptile like this and since it was just happily lying there, I was able to get a few photographs (whilst being attacked by all the flies of the forest). Once I'd taken some photos, I was a little worried that I'd just photographed a dead slow worm so I poked it with my lens cap. Thankfully, it was still alive and slithered off into the long gra…

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Arbroath To Dairsie

This beast of a panorama shows off a massive area, ranging from the cliffs at Arbroath (you can just about pick them out on the original size) right across to Dairsie. I would have continued on but the landscape became increasingly shadowy and the iconic part of this view is of Balmullo, Leuchars and Guardbridge with the rest just being an added bonus. Lucklaw Hill has a somewhat flat top, which is probably why it hosts various transmitters. This also means that there's no obvious peak in which to take pho…

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Kinnoull View

I've been meaning to repeat the Kinnoull Hill walk for a while now. It's one of those hills that provides a lot of reward for little gain. It took me around 12 minutes to get to the top from the car park (which admittedly is already pretty high up). If you enjoy spending time at the gym or take regular exercise, you could probably get to the top in 10 minutes. As you can see, the view here is very expansive, with the River Tay being the centrepiece. I was wanting to get all the A90 in for the sake of consi…

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Going Round The Bend

This is my favourite shot from this trip to the abandoned A93 through Craighall Gorge as it nicely compares with this photo which I took back in 2010. As you can see, within three years the forest has started clawing back at the former A93 - I'd imagine there will eventually only be a short dog walker's path down the middle of the old road once the forest completely takes over. As for the road in this scene, we're actually right by the forest mouth at this point, once the road curves around the bend, it em…

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A Supporting Rail

2011's photo of the Kinnaber Viaduct is still my highest ranking photo so I wasn't sure what I'd be able to do different on this visit. As it happens, I managed to find what I believe to be an interesting vantage by climbing onto the original stone wall at the edge of the viaduct and leaning over the side. Thankfully, the metal safety railing was able to support me properly. Had it given way... What this viewpoint allows is a great view showing both the scale and the height of the viaduct as it gently curv…

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Four Bridges

With regards to my ipernity account, I've decided that I'm only going to post what I consider to be my best shots here so apologies if my uploads seem a little sparse. I've decided to still primarily host on Flickr for the sake of consistency. These are the border bridges which span the River North Esk a few miles north of Montrose. I covered them in plenty of detail in 2011 but it's been a while and I was working with afternoon light this time round. After walking along the river bank, taking various pho…

Underground Waterfall

This tunnel was the fourth tunnel I visited when I first came here last year and as such, I hadn't really got to grips with light painting and I wasn't at the stage where I was actively researching the history of the tunnels beyond the basics. Since that trip, I've bought a new camera, purchased an array of torches and established a successful light painting method. When the day finally came to revisit one of Scotland's greatest abandoned tunnels, I was almost leaping for joy when I saw the results of each…

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May 19, 2013

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Hillhead Tunnel

This photo shows off the key feature of the Hillhead Tunnel, namely it's air shafts. There are two of them along the 351 yard bore and both have a concrete ring at their base. Looking up them is an odd experience but it does show that you don't seem to be too far underground in this tunnel. In order to get this shot, I set up for a bulb exposure. I light painted the scene for the usual 30 seconds, then I walked away and left the camera running for around a minute or so longer. This allowed me to capture b…
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