Loch Maree is a loch in Wester Ross, Scotland and is the fourth largest fresh water loch in Scotland. It is 20km long and 4km wide and surrounded by some stunning mountains including Slioch.
I stopped overnight to stay at the Loch Maree Hotel on the banks of the loch and took an early morning walk along the shore. It was a dull morning so I felt that black & white image processing would bring out the mood of the loch that morning.
Loch Maree contains five large wooded islands and over 60 smaller ones, many of which have their own lakelets. Isle Maree has the remains of a chapel, graveyard, holy well, and holy tree on it, believed to be the 8th century hermitage of Saint Máel Ruba (d. 722), who founded the monastery of Applecross in 672. The same island contains ancient stands of oak and holly which have been linked with ancient Scottish druids.
The waters of the loch were also thought to have curative effects, with being submerged in the water thought to be a cure for lunacy. All of the loch’s islands are conservation areas. The largest is the only island in Britain to contain a loch that itself contains an island. Like Loch Ness, Loch Maree has its own monster in the form of the muc-sheilch. The loch is often referred to as the most beautiful loch in the Highlands.
I did a long-exposure shot which smoothed the water in the image making for a beautiful effect with the stunning mountain of Slioch in the background.
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