Images of Scotland: The Black Isle and Beyond

I’m back! Apologies for the long hiatus. I’ve had a busy few months doing everything from autumn landscape photography on the Black Isle to adding five Scottish islands to my growing tally; climbing a couple of mountains; taking my first tentative steps into the world of wedding photography and, even more excitingly, planning my own island wedding next summer! Behind the scenes, draft posts are into double figures but I’ve been waiting for that moment when inspiration strikes, the cursor stops blinking at me and the words start to flow. It’s exciting to finally hit the ‘publish’ button again and what better way to do so than with a bunch of new photographs?

Castle Craig, Black Isle

Time flies and somehow my calendar is into its seventh year already. As always, my goal is to celebrate the beautiful landscapes of Scotland throughout the seasons. Whilst still a big fan of the west coast and the Scottish islands, I am increasingly focusing on capturing the landscapes near my home on the Black Isle, a peninsula to the north of Inverness; the ‘capital of the Highlands’.

I’m wandering off the beaten track in search of scenes that haven’t been photographed a hundred times over, and I have the added pleasure of getting to know my home turf at an intimate level. That said, I couldn’t resist a nod to my favourite island, Harris, where I will be getting married in May 2017!


My A4 appointments calendar is printed on high quality 250 gsm satin art paper with wire binding and is available to purchase for just £12 plus postage and packaging via the secure online Karen Thorburn Photography shop.

Thank for you to all my followers for supporting me this year. I wish you all the best for the festive period and the year ahead. I’m looking forward to another year of photography, adventures and blogging about Scotland’s great outdoors and, in light of my recent hiatus, my number one New Year’s Resolution for 2017 will be to post more regularly!

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41 thoughts

  1. I woke up this morning thinking of you as I tallied blogging mates I hadn’t seen about for a while. And Lo! Here you are. I love the calendar, and the calendar idea, but I know I have a 2017 one coming (Western Australian orchids). Two calendars in my hands would be lethal. Your own wedding eh? Have great fun planning it – and implementing the plan – and living the aftermath. I’m looking forward to drafts becoming posts.

    1. It’s lovely to hear from you Meg! I hope your Warsaw adventures are going well. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your Australian calendar to remind you of home! Thanks – wedding planning has been straightforward so far (it’s going to be very small and simple), although I still need to buy my dress! I’m hoping to knuckle down over the Christmas break and hit ‘publish’ on a few of those drafts. 🙂

  2. Welcome back Karen. I guess it’s always good to have a break from something, so that you can really appreciate it when you start again! Jude and I have already planned our ‘UK’ trip for next May – firstly to a wedding in Dumfries then another trip up the west coast, this time taking in the Outer Hebrides. We have a cottage booked on Harris, so we’ll definitely be seeking out Scarista beach. All the best to you and yours for the festive season too.

    1. Thanks Mike! I’ve really missed blogging and I’m determined to figure out a way to fit it into my busy routine again. That’s exciting that you’ve planned your next UK trip. It sounds as though we may be on Harris at the same time! The beaches are stunning – vast expanses of pristine sand with very few people about. I’m sure you will love Scarista! Best wishes to you and Jude for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      1. We’ll be on Harris from something like the 13th to 20th May. Is that when you’ll be there ? It would be a funny coincidence if we bumped into each other taking photos of the same beach(es). 🙂 A Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year to you too.

      1. Thanks for flagging this up. Unfortunately I don’t have much control over the shop and I agree it’s slightly cumbersome. You shouldn’t need to sign in. Click the calendar icon, then do so again, then enter the quantity and proceed to the online checkout. Let me know if you have any more issues (hopefully not!).

      1. BTW – I should thank you for making me aware of Scottish Islands Explorer. Not only have I subscribed but JH has accepted a Golf in the Wild article – may be some time before there is space but I am in no rush – thanks again.

      1. That was my first exposure Kerala Back water for a few hours only and I am sure a lot lot is left in Kerala to explore for me yet.
        Thanks 🙏

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