Wintry Aberdeenshire: Sparks of Light

Buchan Ness Lighthouse

Buchan Ness Lighthouse in Boddam, Aberdeenshire, shining its light out into the sunrise.

We’ve reached the point in the year, here in Northern Scotland, where light is scarce. It arrives late in the day and leaves early, by about 4pm. But that wintry low sun does some special things, especially at the beach…

a walk on the beach

And the wintry temperatures play with ice and colours…

Tiger Hill in wintry Aberdeenshire

Above is the large sand dune on Fraserburgh beach known as Tiger Hill. Below, a puddle.

ice and leaves: wintry Aberdeenshire

Rivers and lochs reflect back more light than you can see in the sky. Morning reflections at Pitfour:

relections

The sun sets in the woods… What sparks of light have you spotted in winter?

woodland sunset

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Set in 1st century Scotland, my latest novel, SISTERS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, includes the battle of Mons Graupius between the Romans and the Caledonian tribes. The book features a neurodiverse main character and some rather complicated romance!

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Taking place mainly in a fictional castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.

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Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair, out 2021

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children and young people of Aberdeen. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

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16 Replies to “Wintry Aberdeenshire: Sparks of Light”

  1. Beautiful! Know the feeling about little light; here’s it’s worse. We’ve had so much rain as well (October it rained 28 days out of 31 in Vancouver) that I’m almost forgetting what it feels like to feel the sun on my face.

  2. I love your posts! I’m planning on going to Scotland in 2017, so these photographs are incredibly helpful as I consider where to go. Thank you for such a well thought out display!

  3. Beautiful words and pictures Ailish. Was in Scotland in November but this blog already has me wanting to come back for more. Thank you and have a happy Christmas.

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