Destitution Road

Destitution Road, Wester Ross

This beautiful road which is one of the most scenic in Wester Ross also has a dark history. It dates back to the 1800’s and was built during the potato famine to provide employment and support for the community during hard times. The road runs from Dundonnell to Braemose Junction and this shot was taken just along from the derelict remains of the Fain Inn where the mountains are wild and the moorland open and boggy.

The day was cold and snow threatened. We were driving around the shores of Little Loch Broom from Gruinard Bay to Ullapool soaking up the scenery and the atmosphere. On the loch shores we had seen mountain goats making their way down from the hillsides to warmer coastal grazing. Now as we headed inland past Dundonnell the landscape grew harsher and more remote and the scenery more majestic. Every so often the sun would break through the clouds scattering golden shafts of light across the valleys.

  • Camera: Nikon D700

  • Lens: Nikor 24-70mm F2

  • Settings: F11 at 1/250 sec

  • OS Ref: NH 14217 78879

  • Inspiration: the natural light over the mountains

  • Date shot: 23/12/2015