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Black Mounts from Rannoch Moor, Scotland | by Rincewind42
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Black Mounts from Rannoch Moor, Scotland

Driving north through the highlands on the A82 road from Glasgow, takes the traveller up the side of Loch Lomond and through the wide glens of Argyll. After passing the mighty, dominating, feature of Ben Dorain, the road beings to climb. If making this journey for the first time, you could have no expectation for what is coming. As the road reaches the crest of the hill and takes a right turn you enter a large, relatively flat, high altitude area, known as Rannoch Moor. This 50 square mile expanse of bog land is almost completely desolate. People only inhabit the edges of Rannoch Moor, even the single road and railway that traverse the area avoid the centre. A patchwork of lochs and rivers stretch far into the distance.


Several locations along the road in Rannoch Moor have become famous photographic sights. Every tourist car that passes must pull over at the parking places to take their own photographs. However, the best shots can be obtained by walking a short distance from the road, to the waters edge of one of the many lochs. From this location, every direction the camera faces produces a stunning composition.

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Taken on July 7, 2005