Just a mile or so west of the little village of Fortingall is the road leading to Glen Lyon, the longest (and some believe also the most beautiful) glen in Scotland, running for 34 miles from this point to Loch Lyon. Famously the home of the Campbells of Glen Lyon, one of this family, Robert Campbell of Glenlyon (1630-1696), led the detachment of government troops responsible for the infamous Glencoe Massacre of the MacDonalds of Glencoe in 1691.
The road sign here warns only of the presence of red squirrels for the next 11 miles but does not warn that the road from here onward is just single-track with only sporadic "passing places" to allow you to pass any oncoming vehicles, is horrendously twisty in places, and that there is no way back at the end of your 34 mile journey other than to turn around and return either the same way or by way of an even twistier road which takes you through the pass between Ben Lawers and Meall nam Tarmachan and finally very steeply down to the shores of Loch Tay.
But anyone who decides to enter this wonderful glen, provided that they have time to wander slowly through it, will be rewarded with the most beautiful and dramatic Scottish scenery. Well worthy of a visit!
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You can also see a larger version on "beta" TE here.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-01 7:27
A beautiful side of Scotland, John - love the irony of this sign as you describe in the note as well! The mountains here vanish into the clouds as though they're one and the same - mysterious and impressive.
How do you feel about Scotland's upcoming independence referendum? It seems to have a fair amount of support, in both Scotland and the rest of the UK, but all I really see is what I can find on the news... would love to hear thoughts from someone closer to the issue!
holmertz (54337) 2014-03-01 7:36
I have seen traffic signs warning drivers of elephants and hippos, but never anything as exotic as red squirrels. That sign competes hard for attention with the autumn colours and the snowy peak. We can only guess that this road will take us into a very scenic area after it disappears behind the bend, but looking at the mountains ahead it would be a safe bet. The colours are lovely and the light has a kind of crispiness that might indicate a chilly November wind.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-01 7:48
J'imagine que ces écureuils rouges sont absolument terrifiants -) Belle photo de ce joli coin d'Ecosse.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-01 7:59
I'd love to take a twisty-turny drive along the route you describe John, it sounds wonderful and if undertaken in weather like this must be quite magical. To see a red squirrel would be a bonus. Your composition invites us to follow the road into the glen where snow-capped mountains soar above the lower slopes. A shot which showcases so much that I associate with Scotland and taken under beautiful light. No wonder the British powers that be want to hang onto it! Marvelous!
Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (31672) 2014-03-01 8:35
A very inviting image, that road leading off into the distance really grabs the attention and makes me want to go exploring. Even the thought of the treacherous road wouldn't put me off, as so often it is only on those roads that you find the greatest views. The red tones in the trees are lit up and shown so beautifully under this golden light, which is a fine contrast to the chilly peak in the distance.
I understand the sign too, here in Ireland the red squirrel is in danger of becoming extinct and lots of conservation being done to protect them. I wonder how it makes the greys feel when they see this sign though :)
All the best
chawax (20758) 2014-03-01 9:12
Are these red squirrels so big that they could be dangerous for drivers ? Very nice shot anyway. You composed it very well with the road driving us to the glen. Many nice colours and beautiful light.
Have a nice week end,
saxo042 (37900) 2014-03-01 9:34
This is indeed a very beautiful road! An interesting sign as well, here in Sweden we have a lot of signs with elk warnings. To meet an elk in the road can be very dangerous, but I guess the squirrel warning here is very different. Beautiful autumnal colours along the road!
boa (7411) 2014-03-01 11:46
it might be a twisty road for a car driving, but i would love to be here with one of my antique motorcycles:) Wonderful environments, especially when it is not raining. A very attractive photo, sharp all the way to the snow covered mountains in the distance. You have captured the soul of this place, a funny road sign also, well done!
Have a nice evening/
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-01 13:26
apart from very funny message on the road sign this picture is also nicely composed and with excellent colors. The road leads an eye further and the snowy mountain contrasts with the warm colors of the scene in the foreground. Great light and properly managed, perfect sharpness and well chosen POV.
Thanks for sharing
carlo62 (50127) 2014-03-01 14:21
curioso cartello, non sono abituato a questo genere di problemi sulle strade italiane.
Ricordo bene le strade ad una sola corsia, ho viaggiato sulle strade della Scozia.
Royaldevon (39766) 2014-03-02 2:02
I had to laugh when I saw the sign, I wondered if the squirrels could read and knew they were only allowed to stay inside the next 11 miles! Or were they supposed to line the road to be appreciative of the interest!
Never mind, I loved your description of the difficulties along this road. Maybe that is a way of restricting the visitors and keeping everything 'natural'.
Your vertical format works well. The road is a fine lead, with the snow capped mountains the natural aim. The colours have the amazing richness associated with autumn. Who couldn't be impressed with this!
Did the squirrels come out to welcome you?
Have a great day,
Nicou (144332) 2014-03-02 2:22
quel beau panorama sueprbe cette route gris et la belle montagne en fond avec la neige elle a une très très belle forme et ce panneau indicatif sueprbe ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-02 4:15
I would have been tempted to call this "entering the squirrel zone" :-)
It is a beautifully enticing shot, with glorious clarity and that amazing light and scenery that is so captivating. Awesome!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
thanks for your comments on my fishing boat shot. The reflection I felt would upset the Mods as I had manipulated it somewhat.
marabu61 (11061) 2014-03-02 5:13
The landscape and the wonderful light are truly inviting us to brave the tricky road and the dangerous red squirrel ahead to discover this magnificent landscape.
The road sign really grabs one attention right away here.
have a great weekend
Silvio1953 (145703) 2014-03-02 11:12
Ciao John, great perspective on road of squiers, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-03 5:30
capisco la possibilità di incontrare gli scoiattoli rossi, ma il fatto che si abbiano grandi difficoltà nell'incrocio con altri veicoli è una cosa da mettere nel debito conto se si decide di percorrere questa strada.
Non è ancora ben chiara la meta finale ma il paesaggio che si dispiega all'orizzonte fa immaginare quale essa possa essere.
Una composizione curata ed un dettaglio del paesaggio fanno immaginare quella che potrebbe essere la meta.
Potrei immaginare che la tua prossima fotografia sia dedicata alla meta di questa escursione.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
COSTANTINO (66210) 2014-03-03 13:44
Hello dear friend
simple but nice capture of this small road
and a beautiful landscape I like the snowy
top of the mountain in the background
the beauty is into the simplicity
emka (100039) 2014-03-03 23:15
You have still a patches of snow higher in the mountains. beautiful Scottish glen with such marvelous autumn colours, just like the red squirrels. Must be very nice to go slowly with this road, and even more fun it you were (probably not) with your old car. Indeed funny this warning about the squirrels. when we think about the other sign with deer, cows, or camels, it is to protect rather the cars. But there are the animals to be protected. I saw the signs with frogs or cassowaries as the most "exotic". And close to my house, I once saw the dead red squirrel - we should have such sign..
Have a nice sunny day.
willperrett (11086) 2014-03-06 1:14
I love the sign: such an important focal point for this splendid landscape. Autumn colour is beautiful, and there is enough blue in the sky to allow us to hope that you had a dry journey!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25716)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-27
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-01 7:08