Schiehallion from Queen's View

The Story Behind the Image - Schiehallion from Queen's View

The pink glow of sunrise hits the distant peak of Schiehallion, with Loch Tummel in the foreground, seen from the famous viewpoint at Queen's View near Pitlochry, Perthshire.

I was staying at a holiday cottage on Loch Tay, but when I realised that the weather forecast was for a clear sunrise the next morning I got up before dawn and drove to Queen's View on the northbank of Loch Tummel, west of Pitlochry.

I set up my tripod on the viewpoint looking down Loch Tummel towards Loch Rannoch and simply waited for the sunrise. What a glorious view, when the pink light of dawn hit the summit of Schiehallion!

Queen's View has been a popular attraction for centuries. We know that Queen Victoria visited the viewpoint, and the queen thought it was named for her, but it seems more likely that it was named for Isabella, the first wife of Robert Bruce - though she was never actually a queen.


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