Beautiful Loch Morlich, Cairngorms beyond, still with patches of snow in June.
This blog was originally sent from holiday in June 2019. I was completely depleted by my autoimmune conditions, at that point undiagnosed, and spent most of the holiday lying in bed reading books.
It seems strange, looking back on it now, that I tried to keep my health problems a secret. Only happy pictures got posted on socials, such as ones of Aviemore Stone Circle and Reindeer in the Cairngorms. The gargantuan effort it took to get to these places, or how I hardly left the car, did not get mentioned.
I didn’t want it to be true. I wanted to ‘snap out of it’. I didn’t want that to be the way of me.
I still don’t of course, and it is generally better now, flare ups aside. I guess I’m becoming more open and accepting of the situation, and I like to write honestly everywhere, not just in my books.
From bed I shared the news of my guest post on the official tourism site for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 10 Mystical and Magical Places in Aberdeenshire. Below is Pitsligo Castle, one of the sites featured in that post.
On the pictured morning I walked very slowly from the car to the loch, and it was wonderful to be out among such beauty. I was on the banks of Loch Morlich before the ducks were up! And probably back in bed before they were too…
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68 Replies to “Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms: big blog, little blog”
Very nice. My family was from the Highlands (several generations ago) and I’ve always loved pictures of Scotland. 🙂
The Highlands is a beautiful place.
HAVE JUST GOT TWO BORDER COLLIE PUPS AILISH SO I THINK I WILL BE HEADING BACK TO SCOTLAND, LOVE THE POST AS ALWAYS, CHINA
I love Scotland. Hope to return someday for a visit. Great pictures on big and little blog.
It is a beautiful place.
I enjoyed both the big and the little!
and how lovely this is! I’ve not yet been to Scotland, but plan to go –
I hope you have a great time when you get here 🙂
Wow, what beautiful photography and wonderfully interesting stories behind them. Just lovely.
Great posts and lovely photos, Ailish. Make me want to come back to Scotland…
I’m glad you liked the pics!
The photo of Pitsligo Castle is absolutely stunning and the scenery on all other photo’s are so beautiful Thanks for sharing.
Pitsligo Castle is satisfyingly photogenic 🙂
What a wonderful post is your guest post on the Aberdeen tourism site Ailish. So much to tempt us up to Aberdeenshire.
So much history and beauty here.
Beautiful, Ailish I’m watching Outlander now and the scenery is magnificent. (I read the books first!)
Lots of beauty here!
What an enticing photo. Makes me wish I could fly there and spend the day writing beside the water, feeding the ducks. Thanks for sharing!
That does sound idyllic!
Beautiful. Really stunning!
Lovely photos and commentary on the longer blog, Ailish. I look forward to your novel.
Thank you so much 🙂
I love Loch Morlich, I’ve been there several times over the years. Everytime the weather and the light has had a different quality- probably because whenever I holiday in Scotland its in May or September. Sometimes its been bright and warm (icecream weather even!) and sometimes its been grey and wet, sometimes windy, you never know what you’re going to get in Scotland, do you!
Thanks for the pictures, it’s a nice reminder of a lovely place. Not visiting this year, alas. Next May, if all goes to plan.
The scenery is so changeable; never the same place twice!
Oh wow, this looks like a slice of heaven, Ailish. I feel a sudden desire to be north of the border… 🙂
I do love it here 🙂
Aberdeenshire is so wonderful and seems to be overlooked by many people. Oh well, more for us!
Lots of wee unknown places 🙂
Exquisite photography and lovely stories.
Thank you 🙂
So much mysticism, mystery and witchcraft. Gorgeous stark landscape. I bet turning around on the horse’s eye could be a bit risky…
It’s not too bad really, only on a mild incline 🙂
Beautiful. Scotland has such a beautiful landscape. Wish to make a big trip through Scotland sometime.
I hope you get the chance!
A very interesting post with lots of interesting places!
I’m glad you found it interesting 🙂
I just returned from a two week holiday spent mostly in the Highlands. Met great people, enjoyed beautiful landscapes, ate delicious food, and drank great whiskey (with a Tenents beer thrown in every now and then)…can’t wait to return!
It is a wonderful place to holiday.
These pictures are beautiful! This place looks peaceful and quaint. By the way, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Here’s the link to my post:
Thank you so much 🙂
I’m glad you liked them 🙂
I remember Scotland and the beautiful views, I remember that one morning when the tide was out, I asked what happened to the Sea I had seen the night before, making a fool out myself…..I had never seen that phenomena before.
Tides can be dramatic like that here, travelling a long way out. I can see it would be confusing if you’d never seen it before!
Quite an experience!
Thank you 🙂
Thanks for the follow Ailish. Scotland has been on my bucket list for a while and even more after your post and beautiful photos
Thank you too 🙂 I hope you get the chance to visit!
I recently learned my ancestors, the MacLachlans, built Castle Lachlan on Loch Fyne. So I have a new appreciation of all things loch! Will have to add Aberdeenshire to my itinerary when I get there!
Loch Fyne is stunning; I visited it a few years ago.
Ahh….those “pesky lil lessons learned, along the way….” – sigh – Was so happy to read your post – A. because your work, your penchant for taking pics of doorways & windows and way of seeing the world, sharing the world/history of the world that you visit, live in, are interested in? BRIGHTENS MY DAYS! and B. man alive, those health challenges AND/Or growing older, gracefully, (hah!) is always, for me, a struggle – there’s so much in the world to experience, learn more, do, grow and any slowing down ‘because of this….’ on health/physical abilities, rather chafes my arse! so, KUDOS to you, for saying, “okay – so this is what it looks like just now – so be it – gonna tell the truth!” and C. Millions of many everyday folks? Need MORE of ‘okay, so struggling today, so this is as good as it gets’ folks in blogs, vlogs, social media land – than they do of another ‘curated to look perfect’ feed(s) to follow –
This concludes my off the cuff, public display of “You GO! From outside looking in?? Aren’t you just about the most refreshing thing I’ve viewed recently – ” even when, you personally, don’t feel at your best…..
Hang in there and take care of you!!! You’re much to valuable to the collective world heart/soul, to wear yourself out trying to show up and be ‘perfect’ given online standards – <3
P.S. “You Go doing you, as you are, for today – me? You seem so wonderful, even when you say, “um…not at my best, just now….” – 😀
You inspire me to ‘do better’ on that front, too! Instead of only showing up when I’m at my ‘best/may be of use, somewhere, to someone” days that are often, few and far between! LOL
Thank you so much TamrahJo! It is better being honest. I forget how that helps others too.
There is a world of ‘ignore the less than perfect’, ‘airbrushed perfection in marketing’, tell the best story and leave out the complex or less than perfect parts’ available online for those seeking that –
For those who prefer connecting with those who ‘write out’ the map/trail they experienced? During their journey through life?
Ah – we have to really track down that stuff – 😀 Also, I believe, and I’m in the biz, and watch my own stats, for my own clients, that it may take a bit longer to reach $ goals, but, in the end, the most loyal customers, referrals and sales come from those who search for authenticity, to do business with, not a supergloss ad campaign – thus, telling the truth? To me? Is just investment for long term success, AND attracts the kind of folks you want in your circle/as your customers – and instantly weeds out the ones you just don’t have the time/energy to mess with – LOL
That’s all good to hear. Authenticity is the way 🙂
Loch Morlich is beautiful. It’s also normal not to mention problems on socials. It seems everybody will just share the positive aspects of their life. We should stop doing that. People can sympathize when you reach a rough spot. Still hope you are on the mend. Thanks for sharing your beautiful travel blog.
Thank you 🙂 It is a beautiful place.
This takes me back to when I was a Scottish `conservation volunteer around there. We were out night walking, a BIG orange moon on our backs – it was a little unnerving, so I dashed into some trees, and came across Castle Grant, lit up and eery in the darkness. Shivers.
How amazing coming upon a moonlit castle like that!
Memory, ah yes, well it was some time ago. I think it was lit from ground lights. I may well be wrong.
I sometimes went sailing at the sailing club at the other end when I was young. Glad to read you made it to the beach and saw the sleeping ducks even if only for a short time.
Yes, it was lovely 🙂