Wim van Velzen photography - landscape


1999 and 2003

Tyndrum 1 Tyndrum 2 Glen Orchy 1 Glen Orchy 2

Tyndrum 3 large Tyndrum 4 Tyndrum 5 Tyndrum 6
Tyndrum 7 Tyndrum 8
Ben Lawers 1 Ben Lawers 2 Ben Lawers 3

Ben Lawers 4 Ben Lawers 5 Ben Lawers 6

Glen Lyon 1 Glen Lyon 2

Balquhidder 1 Balquhidder 2 Balquhidder 3 Strathyre

Killin 1 Killin 2

Killin 3 Killin 4 Killin 5

Killin 6 Killin 7

Achmore 1 Achmore 2 Achmore 3 Achmore 4

Breadalbane is at the edge of the Highlands. A bit further to the East are the small towns of Perthshire, to the South you enter the romantic scenery of the Trossachs. Since long this area is known for its cattle robers and outlaws. Apart from Rob Roy memorabilia not much is left of that - there is for more cattle now than robbers.

The area is less cultivated and less harassed by tourists - playing golf or not - than the Grampian Mountains. An area with beautiful glens and lots of peace as soon as you leave the main roads. Very much deserving its name Braghad Albainn, the higher part of Scotland.

I myself like Glen Lyon and Ben Lawers best. Formally it is part of Perthshire, but in fact it is part of Breadalbane.
Soon thoughts and daydreams about living in Scotland rise up in my mind. Maybe a little too much silence though...

Part of Ben Lawers is fenced against sheep and deer. That way all kinds of flowers and tiny animals get a chance to recover from overgrazing. And so they do! Simply beautiful are the lichens making maps by their forms and colours.

Another favourite of mine is the Tyndrum campsite. A nice forest is just a minute's walk or probably even less. One can do a mile of the West Highland Way. Or just throw some stones in the river and dream away.

Breadalbane is very much worth a visit in Winter as well. Mountains rise above 1000m; there is always snow somewhere. And when most of the snow melts, streams become grand and wild