Winter Walking in Scotland offers hikers and photographers astonishing sights.
Wilderness Scotland’s resident hiking and photography guide David Russell explains in pictures why winter is the best time of year for grabbing your boots and camera and heading out into the wild places.
I get out winter walking at least several times each week with my boots and camera, and I hate it if I think that I’m missing something. The Highlands are such a charming place – there is always something spectacular happening if you know where to look. From a normal day the weather can suddenly change to a dramatic burst of light across the mountains – a timeless sight without end or beginning. Then there are the days that dawn bright and clear, and you simply know that today is a day to be out in the wild.
The shorter daylight hours have their advantages too. You can get up at a normal time, have breakfast and be out just in time to catch the sunrise. Then you set off to hike all day (why do freshly made sandwiches taste even better outside, by the way?) and then get in place to watch the sunset. That makes it just the right time for dinner, enjoying the sensation of warming up with a head full of new memories. Then it’s off to sit by the fire, read a book and enjoy a dram of the good stuff. Magic.
If that’s not enough to get you out the door, then here are my top 6 reasons why Winter Walking in Scotland is simply the best.
There is nothing as glorious as the hills on a winter’s day. When the sun is low in the sky it brings out the colours of the landscape in a way that must be seen to be believed.