Monday, October 20, 2014

Plockton, Scotland

Always enjoy visiting Plockton when returning to Scotland.  It has been 16 years since I last visited and it is still as beautiful & picturesque as always. The village is located on the west coast just about 5 miles north of the Kyle of Lochalsh where the new Isle of Skye road bridge meets the mainland.

Due to the currents the seas are warm but it is quite a surprise to see palms trees (similar to the Pandamus trees we have in Australia) lining the shore front. If you were a fan of the TV series Hamish Macbeth starring Robert Carlyle, then it will look familiar as it was the setting for the fictional town of Lochdubh.

Stayed in the pub and we had a great view from our bedroom over Loch Carron.  In the evening the loch is usually very quiet, but this evening we were lucky to see a regatta as a fleet of sailing boats in the distance - they emerged from "who knows where". One with blue sails joining them from the just in front of the village. We were able to get a few watercolour sketches done on the spot and afterwards an oil of the boat with blue sails

Watercolour over 2 pages of a foldout watercolour sketch book

Oil on Board  16 x 8 inches (40 x 20 cm)

Watercolour over 2 pages of a Strathmore Watercolour Sketchbook

More information on the website for "Undiscovered Scotland"

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