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Easter Ross - total fascination......

Another 1 a.m. departure, followed by a 200 mile journey to Easter Ross, heralded considerable expectation of photographic success in a part of Scotland which, though pretty remote, surely offers some of the most spectacular panoramas to be enjoyed anywhere. The arrival at the eleventh green of Tain Golf Club just before sunrise should, therefore, have promised much; the location - on the very edge of the Dornoch Firth - looks across the water to Dornoch itself, Golspie, Brora and northwards towards Caithness. The rainclouds which had been forecast to clear overnight into the North Sea had dutifully obeyed instructions; regrettably a wedge of high cloud out in the North Sea stubbornly refused to break up, however, and it was an hour and three quarters before this splendid, natural links course was eventually bathed in sunshine ( see the image alongside ). By that time the anticipated early rays and subsequent contours and shadows had gone, so the optimism of a "wow" golfing image had also disappeared; nevertheless, the result is still pleasing - if not stunning - to the eye. Crucially, however, the long delay meant that the planned visit to catch the lighthouse on the peninsula at Tarbat Ness was fatally delayed too; again the magical early sunlight had been lost, though - to be honest - the Stevenson creation from 1830 is striking at any time of the day. This northern extremity of the peninsula is a SSSI; the geological infrastructure is amazing, while horticulturalists, bird lovers and insect chasers simply rub their hands with glee as soon as they catch their first glimpse of the red-hooped lighthouse. I strongly advise those Scottish explorers/adventurers who have never thought to come this far to immediately add Tarbat Ness to their plans; there is a wealth of natural and historic grandeur to see, admire - and, of course, photograph.......

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