Sunset over Castle Stalker, Loch Linnhe, Scotland

Martin Lawrence

Preston, United Kingdom

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Castle Stalker is a four-storey tower house or keep picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe.
The original castle was a small fort, built around 1320 by Clan MacDougall who were then Lords of Lorn. Around 1388 the Stewarts took over the Lordship of Lorn, and it is believed that they built the castle in its present form around the 1440s. The Stewart’s relative King James IV of Scotland visited the castle, and a drunken bet around 1620 resulted in the castle passing to Clan Campbell. After changing hands between these clans a couple of times the Campbells finally abandoned the castle around 1840, when it lost its roof.
I’d spent an hour on the beach taking images of the castle but, to be honest, after a packed day I’d left it a little too late and my images were just too dark. On my way back to the hotel, I looked back as my car climbed the hill and found that the extra height meant that the sun now appeared above the hills and a fabulous sunset had emerged. I quickly fired off a few shots before the moment passed and carried on to Castle Stalker View to end the day with coffee and cakes.

Canon EOS 5D, Canon 24-105 IS USM L series lens, FL 105.0mm 1/160 @ f11 ISO 400 , 0.9 Lee ND grad

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