The popular wild swimming spot of Loch Tarff high above Loch Ness and Fort Augustus at the head of Strathnairn. Many an advert and TV programme have shot here including The Grand Tour.
Cow Hill is a summit that blocks the view of Ben Nevis from Fort William. It gives an enjoyable circuit with fine views, both over the town and down Glen Nevis and Loch Linnhe.
Loch Linnhe is a sea loch that follows the line of the Great Glen Fault and is the only sea loch along the fault.
About 50 kilometres (31 mi) long, the southern part of the loch is wider and its branch southeast of the island of Lismore is known as the Lynn of Lorne. Loch Eil feeds into Loch Linnhe at the latter's northernmost point, while from the east Loch Leven feeds in the loch just downstream of Corran and Loch Creran feeds into the Lynn of Lorne. The town of Fort William lies at the northeast end of the loch, at the mouth of the River Lochy.
The Corran Ferry crosses Loch Linnhe at the Corran Narrows visible in the mid-ground of this shot.
The lovely village of Dunkeld sits on the banks of the River Tay.
The majestic Dunkeld Cathedral dominates this picturesque Perthshire village. Today, part ruin and part parish church, the cathedral features the tomb of the notorious 'Wolf of Badenoch'.
Nearby, walk along Atholl Street's variety of specialist shops or take a walk down by the river, which provides excellent views of Thomas Telford's Dunkeld Bridge. Visit Scotland
The first low level snow of the winter caused some tricky conditions across the north of Scotland.
Knoydart is a peninsula in the Lochaber district on the West coast of the Scottish Highlands. Situated between Loch Nevis and Loch Hourn, the peninsula comprises approximately 55,000 acres which today is divided up amongst a number of landowners, with the largest area managed by the Knoydart Foundation.
Knoydart is cut off from the UK mainland road network, thus meaning access can only be made either by boat or by foot. The rugged and remote landscape is one of the primary attractions of the area; and with four munros and numerous corbetts within the Knoydart boundary, hillwalkers flock from far and wide to make their ascents.
Inverie is the main settlement area and is home to over half of the full time residents (currently around 120). The village holds the majority of local amenities, including the Primary School, Post Office, Community Shops, Knoydart Pottery & Tearoom and The Old Forge pub; and is where the pier is located for boat access to and from the peninsula.
Strathdearn is a river valley in the Highlands of Scotland extending about 22 miles long from Coignafearn to Moy, following the river Findhorn's meandering course through the parishes of Dalarossie, Tomatin and Moy. The upper reaches of The Glen are narrower, then widen to almost 4 miles with the main centre of the community at Tomatin, meaning "Hill of the Juniper" in Gaelic.
The Strath was sculpted by a retreating glacier and is bounded by hills of the Monadhliath range, reaching heights of 3000ft nearer the headwaters of the river and gradually becoming less steep. They are covered with heather and grass now but, in ancient times, were heavily wooded with birch, hazel and alder, but mostly pine. Stumps and trunks of these veterans can be seen protruding from peat banks – what remains of the Caledonian Forest after slash and burn by early farmers and a changing climate.
Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
We were lucky enough to get to film right in the centre of the Capital with assistance from Edinburgh Airport, Police Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland.
In the mid 19th century the Hutchison family commissioned David Rhind to design the castle. He was a prominent Scottish architect, mainly remembered for his public buildings, banks, churches and schools, most of which are now listed buildings.
The Castle was first home to Thomas Hutchison, a wine merchant and his wife Jean Wylie and their 5 children. Their daughter, Isobel Wylie Hutchison took over Carlowrie Castle and became one of Scotland’s most pioneering Arctic travellers, searching for rare plants on her trips. Many of the plants she collected are still in the grounds today and can also be seen at Kew Gardens in London. A polyglot by the time she was an adult she could speak Italian, Gaelic, Greek, Hebrew, Danish, Icelandic, Greenlandic and knew most Inuit words. She kept diaries assiduously throughout her adult life, was an expert sportswoman and in her spare time wrote poetry and painted.
Only two families have owned the castle in its entire history and today the current owners, the Marshalls, have lovingly renovated the Castle to be a modern, luxury venue that is a real hidden gem on Edinburgh’s doorstep.
ROAVR | UAS were on site for Leopard TV as US based production company with full permission from Edinburgh Airport ATC.
The Culloden run is two exciting road runs based at the historic NTS Culloden Battlefield Centre near Inverness.
The Culloden Run 17.46k’ is a testing challenge over a 10.83 mile route which passes through stunning scenery and by historic landmarks; Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, River Nairn and the awesome River Nairn Viaduct.
The Culloden 10K’ is an exciting, fast, mostly flat route which passes around the quiet perimeter roads of Culloden Battlefield.
All event proceeds go to Scottish charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
Liberty’s Aluminium division owns and operates the only remaining aluminium smelter in the UK – Liberty British Aluminium.
Based at Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, the smelting facilities are powered by two neighbouring hydro-electric stations and a complex of on-site bio-diesel units, owned and managed by Liberty’s sister company SIMEC. This combination of renewable energy sources makes the site one of the greenest metal production plants in the country.
ROAVR | UAS were commissioned by Tigershark TV to capture aerials for a forthcoming corporate video.
Climb to the battlements of the last of the grand medieval castles and marvel at its scale. Set high on a cliff edge and featuring a massive red sandstone curtain wall, Tantallon Castle was home to the Red Douglas dynasty.
Tantallon Castle is a popular filming location and appears in the critically acclaimed film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson.
We were here with full permissions for CBBC.
Constructed in 2013, the Deep Energy is one of the largest pipelay vessels ever built.
She has the capacity to install rigid pipe, flexible pipe and umbilicals in water depths up to 3,000 m via the reel-lay method.
With a fast transit speed of 19.5 knots, high product storage capacity and an abandonment and recovery system rated to 500 Te, she can operate on North Sea and on Intercontinental projects.
Here she is spooling on pipe at Technip's Evanston Spool Base. The Cromarty road crossing can clearly be seen in the background.
On the 5th November we have awoken to a dusting of snow on the mountains. Ben Wyvis is a mountain located in Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty, Highland, in northern Scotland, north-west of Dingwall. It forms an undulating ridge running roughly north-south for about 5 km, the highest summit of which is Glas Leathad Mòr.
The Black Isle is a peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland, located north of Inverness.
Contrary to its name, the Black Isle is not an island. It is in fact a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by expanses of water, with the Cromarty Firth to the north, the Beauly Firth to the south and the Moray Firth to the east. From Inverness, it’s reachable by crossing the Kessock Bridge.
One of the region’s great draws is its pod of resident bottlenose dolphins. At Chanonry Point, in between Fortrose and Rosemarkie, they can often be seen frolicking in the Moray Firth.
As opportunistic as ever one of our teams spied some muir burning in Northumbria at sunset whilst returning to base and stopped to capture it.
To keep the heather moor in a good state of health, it is deliberately burned in a controlled fashion. In the same way that healthy biodiversity depends upon having a healthy diversity of habitats (such as woodland, beaches, moors, marshes etc), a healthy diversity is also needed within each of those habitats themselves.
During WW1 the American Navy took over Dalmore Distillery and used it as a mine base.
The so-called ‘Yankee Pier’ still juts out into the firth. In the 1930s the RAF’s presence grew.
Alness became a training base for flying boats. In 1938 228 Squadron with Saro Londons and Stranraers came to the firth from Pembroke Dock and this was followed in October 1939 by 210 Squadron of Sunderlands and Catalina Flying boats.
By 1941 4C OUT was fully established at Alness with the officers based at Dalmore House and the ’tech site’ and repair and maintenance area at Alness Point becoming a very busy strategic point for training and North Sea surveillance. Short Sunderlands had a crew of 13 and by 1942 the OUT was producing 22 trained crews a month.
In mid-October the brand new FPSO vessel BW Catcher entered Cromarty Firth to dock at Nigg Energy Port with the assistance of Global Group before deployment to the North Sea.
Upon arrival in the North Sea, BW Catcher will start a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years, with Premier Oil.
Based on a field life of 10 years, the contract value is USD 2.3 billion including FPSO charter rate and opex, the company said.
“The BW Catcher has been completed on time and within budget, and we are especially pleased with the good HSE performance during the construction project. We have worked over 11 million man hours without a lost time injury and in total around 19 million man hours. The FPSO is now underway to the North Sea for hook-up at the Catcher field, and with first oil scheduled later this year,” said Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore.
BW Catcher has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels and a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels per day. The FPSO has a design life of 20 years of uninterrupted operations, and will be moored using a submerged turret production system.
Nigg Energy Port is owned and operated by the Global Energy Group.
Strathnairn lies 8 miles South West of Inverness and borders the Monadhliath Mountains.
The Strath's borders reach to the south by Dunmaglass, following the River Nairn through Croachy, Brin, Farr and Daviot, finally ending near where the Clava Cairns and Culloden Battlefield lie.
Autumn came early this year and the colour has not lasted due to the periods of high winds. Only the larch are retaining colour into November.
Looking over the Cromarty Firth which has in the past had 17 rigs stacked.
These rigs need periodic surveys and they come in and get work done – major maintenance or to install client-specific equipment top-side – before going back out to drill.
There are six ‘hot-stacked’ which are on ‘warm standby’, ready to go with 60 onboard, and another six ‘cold-stacked’, empty.
According to the BBC in August 2017 two men boarded a cold stacked rig:
'The pair, who describe themselves as "urban explorers", took a dinghy to the Ocean Princess, one of several offshore structures in the Cromarty Firth.
Police Scotland said it was aware of the incident and has begun an investigation.
The platform's owner, Diamond Offshore, confirmed an incident took place.
The Cromarty Firth Port Authority has declined to comment.
The incident is understood to have happened at the weekend and the men were thought to have spent a night onboard.'