by Paul Gallagher Published 01/02/2011
On 7 January I set off in the bitter winter snow and ice, and headed for the small hamlet of Aultbea where I was to be staying in the beautiful Kirkhill Guest House, owned by the wonderfully hospitable Delia and Bryan Ilsip.
My intention was to spend time with myself and work in solitude and explore at will.
Of course I have been to this location before, but I never feel I have exhausted a place and each location can look different from one season to the next, not to mention one hour to the next as the light changes. Over the next five days I would freely explore many locations and take time to wonder and photograph anything that captivated me. Each night I would retreat to the comfort of my guesthouse to look at the digital files, and make an assessment of the locations and how I was representing them and what they meant to me.
It soon became apparent that on this particular trip I was mostly attracted to the coast and two locations drew me in again and again - Udrigle and Mellon Udrigle. As the unusual names rightly suggest these two places are within a mile or so of each other, but they are totally different in what they offer. Udrigle is accessed from a short but steep track from the roadside above and is a long rocky bay with long outcrops of sandstone upon which boulder are perched. Mellon Udrigle is a totally different place of almost white sand and sandstone outcrops that appear like Triassic creatures from the sea and sand.
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