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The Macallan Masters of Photography winner Luke Bhothipiti’s, Scottish Adventure...the final chapter

There is no denying that Luke Bhothipiti was a deserving winner of our Masters of Photography competition – but we have been truly blown away by the images he has captured during his trip to Scotland.  So what better way to round up Luke’s stay than a few words from the man himself? We let Luke take over today’s blog and give you his version of his final few days in Scotland… 

The days following our stay at The Macallan really let us get to see some of Scotland I had never expected.  First and foremost, we couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather as the sun was out and the only clouds in the sky were dynamic brushstrokes of white on a blue canvas.  Perfect weather for driving and sightseeing.   

After leaving the Spey region and heading up the coast to Dornoch, we began to see a change in the landscape once we began heading west toward Applecross.  The lush green forests began to give way to open plains and valleys of brown and amber.  Mountains began to loom overhead and close to the roadside casting shadows across the tarmac.  As we drove down the straighter stretches of roadway, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the vistas in the American West.  However, instead of inhospitable desert, this landscape was covered in lush moss and lichens that actually kept everything deceptively wet.  Strange and beautiful all at once. 

Once we reached Applecross, we could truly see why people raved about the place when we mentioned it along our travels.  It was a quaint coastal community, the likes of which neither of us had ever seen.  Rows of white cottages lining the shore made up the main street with the Applecross Inn at the front.  The truly surprising thing to us though, was just how many people were actually there and how lively and energetic the place was! When we drove up over the mountain, we only encountered a handful of vehicles, and our initial summation was that we’d be the only people in town.  Not so – as our dinner was livened by a full pub at the Inn, fantastic food, and lots of great conversations around. 

And so, with departing Applecross, we started back South on what would be the final leg of our trip – a drive down the west coast and mountains of Scotland to our final destination of Mar Hall in Glasgow.  Stopping for lunch and photographs along the way, of course.  Once in Glasgow, all there was left to do was to enjoy the luxury of the hotel, another fine Scottish dinner, a Scotch or two, and prepare ourselves for the return flights home. The trip was absolutely incredible and I am truly humbled by the Scottish hospitality. 

Luke’s photographs speak for themselves, which is why we have created an album on Facebook for you to enjoy.

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