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Slow travel & photography

I said Good Bye to Aberdeen and boarded the bus and train to Inverness, where I picked up my rental car for the next ten days. My home for the next week was “The Classroom” in Hopeman. A lovely seaside village along the coast of the Moray Firth, founded in 1805 to house people displaced during the Highland clearances. It was and still is a fishing port.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

The old Icehouse

The very neat and organized layout of Hopeman shows its past as a model-village.

Hopeman was established as a planned village originally called “Newtown of Hopeman” in 1805 by the local landowner, William Young of Inverugie. He had opened quarries at Greenbrae and Clashach to the east of the site of the village to extract the golden coloured sandstone found here, and he needed somewhere to house the quarrymen and their families. (Undiscovered Scotland)

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

It was just a few minutes walking from my “classroom” to the two beaches and I visited them every day during my stay – always hoping that would be the time I saw the dolphins….

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

But no luck, the sea was always too rough – stunning thou!

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman lies on the Moray Coastal walk and one can walk for miles along the coast in both directions.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

And a collection of colourfull and fun little beach huts.

 

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Jumping from the pier.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

 

 

After exploring Old Aberdeen and the beach (and my favourite Fittie) it was about time to go outside Aberdeen  – for her photoshoot Emma choose the wonderful Dunnottar Castle, about twenty minutes from Aberdeen, as the backdrop.

The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.

The romantic ruin of Dunnottar Castle lies picturesquely on the edge of a cliff falling down in the North Sea, near Stonehaven.

William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II have graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. (Visitscotland.com)

The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.

Being fortified since the Early Middle Ages today´s ruins and buildings are mainly from the 15th and 16th century.

The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.

Portrait photography near Dunnottar Castle, near Aberdeen.

The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.The picturesque and romantic Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, near Aberdeen.