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A glorious morning in Kintyre.....

It must be ten years since I last visited to photograph the most northerly “quarter” of the Kintyre peninsula. A three a.m. departure from home, in darkness and pouring rain, did not bode well for what I hoped to find nearly two hundred miles down the road in Argyll! Three hours later, with dawn imminent, I left both Inveraray and the rain-bearing front in my wake. The cloud break-up gathered pace, and by the time I reached Tarbert, the first streak of sunshine was very near. My target was fifteen minutes away at Skipness, to which a return visit was long overdue. A decade or so previously, the first one had not gone so well - Arran never shook off its thick, low cloud cover and long views for the camera were, simply, a damp squib.

This time, happily, was a different kettle of fish. Two hours later, the wonderful contrast between the stone walls of a ruined, yet poignant, man-made chapel and the natural rocks of the Arran mountains four or five miles to the south had been duly recorded. Kilbrannan Chapel at Skipness is simply awesome in both location and atmosphere. Later, up in West Loch Tarbert, I captured MV Hebridean Isles leaving Kennacraig as it headed to Islay. The wonderful, busy harbour at Tarbert also yielded some cracking images. An hour and a half later, my day was complete as a burst of sunlight beautifully lit up Kilchurn Castle for a cracker of a “bonus pic” on the long road home.

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