Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

House, Glen Coe, Scotland

Many things about Scotland were completely unexpected to me. The majestic, simply breathtaking landscape was the biggest surprise. Followed closely by the distinct lack of any pubs along its winding country roads. Whilst driving in England you rarely pass more than 5 miles without seeing a cosy cottage pub. I’m not sure why I thought Scotland would be the same, but it certainly wasn’t!

This shot was taken at Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, and the small white house was definitely unexpected. A fantastic location for a home, it’s tough to beat the scenery even if it is a little remote. Having said that I don’t even know if it’s inhabited, I didn’t get close enough for that. I think for now I’d like to keep it a mystery and just imagine what it must be like living with such an incredible landscape on your doorstep.

Has a destination ever taken you completely by surprise? Have you ever seen something unexpected on your travels? Know of any great country pubs in Scotland?! I’d love to hear from you.

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22 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

    1. Ben Post author

      It’s a shame! Although at least it leaves the beautiful scenery untouched which certainly isn’t a bad thing. They both look great, thanks for the tips πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to check them out next time I’m driving through, Drovers looks like a particularly lovely building.

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    1. Ben Post author

      The flowing landscape was just so beautiful. It felt similar to Tuscany in that regard, but the rugged nature of Scotland was just something else.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! I didn’t make it up that far on my trip. Loch Ness was the furthest north I reached as I expect it is for many first timers! But I will be back to explore some more for sure. The coastline around Cape Wrath looks incredible, thanks for the tip.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Yeah the weather was kind to us for the first half of our trip. Not so lucky after that though! πŸ™‚ I had not heard of the West Highland Way, but it looks fantastic. I’d love to hike through those rolling hills some time. Shame you can’t guarantee the weather…

      The Old Oak Tree Inn looks like a lovely pub, thanks for the tip. We toured the other side of Loch Lomond, hoping to explore it a bit more next time πŸ™‚

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  2. suej

    You certainly got beautiful light when you were there – alas, I have only seen this area in drizzle…. Still stunning, but I got rubbish images!

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  3. i*Kan

    Your image captures the haunting beauty of Scotland so well! No matter how much I was prepared for it, the scenery still stunned me and we constantly had to stop our car to take photos or just gaze out at the view. Haggis was unexpectedly good too πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan. That’s exactly how I felt too, around every corner there was yet another fantastic view. There was barely time to catch your breath! I didn’t try Haggis though, I can’t say it appeals to me at all! So it will have to wait for the next trip…

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  4. Paula

    Ben, I love this shot – the composition, the light, the colours the landscape that literally takes your breath away. What month were you there? What is the safest time to visit weatherwise?

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Paula, it was such a breathtaking landscape. We were there in October, and I think we got very lucky with the weather! We had a few sunny days and a few completely covered in cloud. If you like the snow you could visit in winter, but apart from that I’m not sure it would make much difference!

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