Eilidh Cameron discovers Argyll & Glasgow

Eilidh Cameron is a twenty-something photographer and blogger who was born and raised in Argyll. She’s inspired by the beauty and geological features of the Scottish landscape, as well as the abundant wildlife, all of which she captures in stunning photos. She’s also fascinated by the rich history and myths and legends of Scotland. In spring this year, Eilidh set off on an eight-day adventure around Argyll and Glasgow, armed with her camera, as part of our Heart & Soul Campaign. She blogged about the wildlife, beaches food, scenery and history that she saw and experienced along the way. The photos are just breath taking.

Red Squirrels in Benmore Garden Argyll

Eilidh recounts her adventures in two blogs. In her first blog she looks at the itinerary and all the places she visited along the way. She says ‘grab a cup of tea or, even better, a wee dram and let me tell you about my adventures around the best county in Scotland.’

In her Argyll leg of the journey, she sets off from Lochgilphead to catch the ferry to Mull, her first port of call. One of the highlights of her trip was wildlife spotting with guide Bryan who runs Wild about Mull. She had an incredible encounter with otters. Other highlights on Mull included visiting the idyllic beach called Traigh Bhan na Sgurra, staying at Glengorm Castle, visiting Ardalanish Weavers and walking on Calgary Bay.

Back on the mainland she set off for the islands of Seil and Easdale then down the coast to The Loch Melfort Hotel and Ardaine Gardens. She followed the Kilberry Loop before heading down the west coast of Kintyre, which she describes as ‘one of the best drives in Scotland and that’s not an exaggeration.’ She made her way right down to the Mull of Kintyre before taking the road up the east coast of Kintyre where she visited Saddle Bay and Kintyre Gin. From here it was up to Skipness and then to Tarbert to catch the ferry to Portavadie. From here she travelled through Argyll’s Secret Coast to Dunoon where she visited Benmore Botanic Gardens and met some red squirrels.

Kelpies at Ardrishaig Argyll

Then it was onto Glasgow, which took her less than two hours from Dunoon via a ferry crossing on Western Ferries to Gourock. Here she explored Glasgow’s parks, including Pollock Park and Glasgow Botanic Gardens, visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and ate and drank in some of Glasgow’s best bars and restaurants. She headed back to Lochgilphead via the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Blue Tit in Glasgow Park

She says: ‘Over the 8 days I drove 600 miles and walked 31 miles travelling through the most beautiful and diverse landscapes. I’ve seen otters, eagles, squirrels and deer. I’ve passed by the footsteps of Saints and Kings and touched the art work of prehistoric people during walks along some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline imaginable. I’ve also eaten, drank and slept in the most wonderful establishments along the way.’

You can read more about Eilidh’s itinerary here: https://www.eilidhcameronphotography.com/blog/2019/4/8/wild-about-argyll

In her second blog Eilidh focusses in on the wonderful wildlife that she saw and photographed along the way. Argyll is one of the last remaining places in Britain that is purely dominated by red squirrels. Eilidh was luckiy to get some great squirrel snaps at Benmore Botanic Garden. She also spotted otters, seals, deer and lots of magnificent birds. Look out for the photos of seals. Eilidh says: ‘You’ll often find them lounging about on rocks near the shoreline and bobbing about in the shallows. On my trip I spotted them in many places including Carsaig on Mull, the Craignure ferry terminal, the Kilberry loop between Tarbert and Lochgilphead, Southend in Kintyre and on Loch Fyne.’

You can read more about wildlife on Eilidh’s trip here:

https://www.eilidhcameronphotography.com/blog/2019/4/25/wildlife-of-argyll

Check out these other bloggers who recounted their adventures as part of our Heart & Soul campaign.

David C Weinczok explored the historic sites of Argyll & the Isles:

http://castlehunter.scot/blog/going-wild-about-argyll-part-two-isle-of-bute-glasgow-dunoon-and-benmore/

http://castlehunter.scot/blog/a-six-day-odyssey-of-going-wild-about-argyll/

Kay Gillespie visited Islay and Jura and explores Glasgow:

www.thechaoticscot.com/isle-of-jura

www.thechaoticscot.com/glasgow-visit/

www.thechaoticscot.com/street-food-glasgow

Kathi Kamleitner wrote about outdoor adventures in Argyll and Glasgow:

www.watchmesee.com/blog/outdoor-adventures-in-argyll/

www.watchmesee.com/blog/outdoor-activities-in-glasgow/

All photos by Eilidh Cameron.