Golden glens

Research is underway and nearing completion for a new Scottish Highlands sketching holiday based in and around the Highland capital, Inverness. With easy rail and air links to the rest of Scotland, England and the rest of Europe via Schiphol, Amsterdam, it will be the ideal itinerary for anyone wanting a thorough overview of what the Northern Highlands can offer without the need to hire a car or battle the infrequent buses heading into the remoter Western regions.

The trip will be announced here once it’s finalised and may be ready to run in 2023, so keep you eyes peeled. In the meantime I wanted to whet your appetites with pictures of the gorgeous Glen Affric, resplendent in early October colours, which I enjoyed over a weekend at the beginning of the month. There are so many paintable views here, all accessed with minimum discomfort and effort, that I knew instantly it had to have a place on the new itinerary.

I last visited Glen Affric in the 1990s and needed to refresh my memory as at that particular time I was focussed on walking rather than painting. In the golden sunlight it was even more beautiful than I remembered, not overrun with tourists nor midges, the reflections of the trees in the mirror-calm loch an irresistible challenge for any artist.

The last of the heather

I am greatly looking forward to introducing some iconic, as well as some lesser-known, views to first-time Highland visitors and first-time outdoor sketchers in the very near future. If this sounds like a trip you’d be interested in, do message me to say so. For now, enjoy the images. Wish you were here?

Early autumn, Glen Affric