Deer on Rannoch Moor

Deer on Rannoch Moor in Winter

This evening, I am focusing on the somewhat bleak and rugged Rannoch Moor which lies south of the Great Glen fault below Glencoe. Key features:

  • Comprises a plateau at 1200 ft surrounded by mountains rising to between 2500ft and 3500 ft.
  • Underlain by granite and features a number of small, irregular lakes which were formed by severe glacial erosion. These lakes are separated by collections of glacial debris.
  • The Moor was where the last major ice sheet to cover Scotland began to form about 25,000 years ago and also where it was finally extinguished about 10,000 years ago.
  • The ice moved along the valleys which radiate out from Rannoch Moor to the north-east (Speyside), east (Tayside), south (Firth of Clyde) and west (Loch Linnhe).
  • Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors traverse this Moor travelling to/from Glencoe  many of whom may not appreciate the geological significance of the site.

As will be evident from the images provided here, the winter does present excellent opportunities for landscape photography when the right combination of weather conditions are present.

Photographing Rannoch Moor

Photographing Rannoch Moor in Winter

 

Winter Landscape, Rannoch Moor

Winter Landscape, Rannoch Moor, Scotland

 

Winter Scene, Rannoch Moor

Winter Scene, Rannoch Moor, Scotland

 

Winter Scene, Rannoch Moor

Winter Scene, Rannoch Moor, Scotland

 

Mountain View from Ranoch Moor

Mountain View from Ranoch Moor, Scotland

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