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The Magdalen Chapel in Edinburgh is the current headquarters of the Scottish Reformation Society, and was the site where the very first General Assembly of the Scottish Reformation chaired by John Knox is reported to have happened in December 1560. The bodies of the martyred Covenanters who had been executed in various parts of Edinburgh around 1680-1688 were also prepared here for internment upon the table where martyred Covenanter Captain John Paton's sword is now displayed. The stained glass windows are the only pre-Reformation glass that have survived intact to this day. The two images at the top depict the lion rampant of Scotland and the Queen Regent Mary of Guise's coat of arms. It is very significant that Mary of Guise's emblem is still intact as she was a Roman Catholic and the Presbyterian Reformers were particularly apoplectic about anything that reeked of "popery" and "papist elements". Also for the fact that Mary of Guise's daughter was Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox was so vehemently opposed to her coronation and openly called for her execution after the murder of her husband Lord Darnley. The two emblems below depict tributes to the husband and wife responsible for the construction of the chapel itself. #visitscotland #scotland_lover #instascotland #historicscotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #ig_scotland #scotland_insta #capturingbritain #igersuk #historicbritain #britain_greatshots #scotland_greatshots #historyofscotland #instagood #ig_history #historyofbritain #johnknox #historyofscotland #scottishreformationsociety #protestant #catholic #christianity #maryqueenofscots #reformation #ig_edinburgh #visitedinburgh #igersedinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #instaedinburgh #discoveredinburgh

One of my favourite buildings to photograph whenever i'm in Edinburgh. St. Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile has probably seen some of the most turbulent moments in Scotland's history, from the Reformation of 1560 to the upheaval caused by the National Covenant being signed in 1638 and the resultant wars between Royalists and Covenanters from 1639 to 1651 and then the Jacobite rising of 1745 for prime examples. The Mercat Cross nearby looks different these days but it was a grisly and gruesome landmark where people were either tortured or where executed people's detached limbs, mangled torsos and severed heads were displayed and left out for public display. Thankfully the Royal Mile is a much more pleasant and happier place to walk around in these days but i often think about what this place would've been like around the time of John Knox preaching from the pulpit at St. Giles, or the day Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army entered through the city gates, or on the day when 25,000 people reportedly turned up to watch William Burke being hanged. Edinburgh may be a beautiful and vibrant city now but it was quite a grim, depressing and unforgiving place just a few hundred years ago. #visitscotland #visitedinburgh #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #ig_scotland #igerrscotland #igersedinburgh #historicscotland #historicbritain #omgb #vsco #bhfyp #instatravel #capturingbritain #travelblogger #scotblog #scotland_lover #edinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #discoverscotland #discoveredinburgh #history #britain_greatshots #britainhistory #ukhistory

If you've ever walked around in the historic site of Greyfriars Kirkyard either on a ghost walk or a Harry Potter tour then you'll have maybe seen one of these. It's called a "mortsafe" and they were an iron cage some people paid to be put over a grave of a loved one to protect it from opportunistic graverobbers operating in Edinburgh in the 1800s who made a regular living from the macabre practice of exhuming graves and selling the bodies to the lecturers teaching anatomy at the nearby medical school. #visitscotland #scotland_lover #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #historicscotland #ig_scotland #igerrscotland #igersedinburgh #edinburgh #ig_edinburgh #visitedinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #scotland_greatshots #britain_greatshots #igersuk #visitbritain #historicbritain #omgb #vsco #bhfyp #unlimitedscotland #hiddenscotland #explorescotland #cityofthedead #greyfriars

Sneaky photos i snapped in the Anatomical School Museum of the skeleton and the death mask of William Burke of the infamous duo "Burke and Hare". William Burke and his accomplice William Hare were responsible for the murders of 16 people in Edinburgh around the year 1828 and sold the corpses to a surgeon called Robert Knox. The reason they did this was it meant they would get better rates for delivering fresher cadavers rather than resorting to the gravedigging methods of the "Resurrection Men". Eventually, Burke and Hare did get caught but during the trial, Hare agreed to turn King's Evidence against Burke, and thus in turn send him to the gallows. The sentence was that he would hanged, his body dissected and anatomized and his skeleton preserved as a reminder of the crimes he committed. And so it remains hanging inside a glass case and can be seen once a month for ghoulish visitors like me to gawp at him. #ig_edinburgh #edinburgh #visitedinburgh #igersedinburgh #edinburghsnapshots #edinphoto #visitscotland #scotland_lover #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #photooftheday #potd #britain_greatshots #scotland_greatshots #ukpotd #historicscotland #ig_scotland #igerrscotland #burkeandhare #scottishcrime #anatomicalmuseum

The ancient seat of the Clan Macleod and the one of the oldest inhabited castles in the whole of Scotland as it has been home to generations of Macleods for over 800 years. It was really exciting for me to go catch a glimpse of the legendary "Fairy Flag" which the Macleods where they unfurled this magical banner when the clan was in danger of losing the battle and it would inspire them to gain victory over their enemies. Sadly they don't allow photography inside the castle but i got a few outside and one of my favourite views was on the grounds looking over to the flat-topped mountains called "Macleod's Tables" and the reason they're given this name are because whilst on a visit to Edinburgh, the clan chief Alasdair Crotach Macleod told King James V that his "great hall" was more impressive than his own and invited him to Dunvegan to see it for himself. He led the King to the top of Healabhal Beag, the biggest hill of the two, where he had a banqueting table and his kinsmen holding flaming torches and told James V "the ceiling in my great hall is the heaven above and the floor is ocean deep for this is the great hall i dine upon". Very dramatic indeed. πŸ˜„ Bit of a local landmark this one. Never fails to look impressive whenever i give it a visit. #scotland #visitscotland #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #potd #photooftheday #scottishhighlands #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #scottishroamers #ilovescotland #capturingbritain #loves_europe #brilliantmoments #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #wanderlust #scotland4you #earthofficial #landscapephotography #optoutside #osmaps #historicbritain #omgbΒ #vsco

The quaint round church at the top of the hill in Bowmore on the Isle of Islay. The legend goes that it was built round rather than rectangular is because it means "the devil can find nae corner in it". Bit of a local landmark this one. Never fails to look impressive whenever i give it a visit. #scotland #visitscotland #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #potd #photooftheday #yourbritain #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #scottishroamers #ilovescotland #capturingbritain #loves_europe #brilliantmoments #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #wanderlust #scotland4you #earthofficial #landscapephotography #optoutside #osmaps #historicbritain #omgbΒ #britain

St. Clement's Church in Rodel on the Isle of Harris was originally commissioned and built in the late 15th century by the chiefs of the Clan Macleod of Harris. The clan itself was mostly based at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye throughout the centuries and this church was primarily built to be the shrine to the clan chiefs. There are a few tombs of Macleod chiefs in this church but the most significant one is near the altar, and it contains the remains of Alasdair Crotach Macleod, whose name "Crotach" means "hunchback" as he sustained an injury to the shoulder during a clan battle with the MacDonalds. What is so significant about the carvings on his tomb is the story it tells about the man himself, there are images of deer being chased which means he obviously liked to hunt, there are images of bishops and angels and this ties in to stories about him being a very devout Christian and there is also an image of the Highland Birlinn, the sea galley which highlights the power the Macleods had as a clan as it proves they had a fleet of warships at the time. Alasdair's effigy is typical of the clan culture at the time where you were depicted as a noble knight clad in armour, with your sword on your chest and sleeping the eternal sleep with your resting head upon a pillow. Bit of a local landmark this one. Never fails to look impressive whenever i give it a visit. #scotland #visitscotland #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #potd #photooftheday #yourbritain #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #scottishroamers #ilovescotland #capturingbritain #loves_europe #brilliantmoments #instascotland #loves_scotland #scotspirit #wanderlust #scotland4you #earthofficial #landscapephotography #optoutside #osmaps #historicbritain #omgb FYI - Despite Instagram's location tracker saying it is in Stornoway(which is the Isle of Lewis), Rodel is almost 60 miles south of Stornoway and near the bottom of the Isle of Harris.

The use of leading lines can really transform a picture. Love finding things like this branch that aren't always in a scene and using them in my shots. This can create unique images that others may never have taken πŸ“Έ #scotland #visitscotland #visitcairngorms #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #scotlandlove #osmaps #thisisscotland #potd #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #cairngorms #cairngormsnationalpark #lochmorlich #explore_scotland #scotlandroadtrip #raw_uk #scenicbritain #earthfocus #scotlandmagazine #scotlandphotography

A proud piper on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne - just off the coast of northeast coast of England. We made it a day trip from Edinburgh a few years ago, but next time, I’d love to spend the night. Absolutely lovely place.. with a gorgeous castle all it’s own! #holyisland #uk #greatbritain #britain_greatshots #piper #bagpipes #kilt #theborders #england #england_insta #uklife #photosofbritain #lovegreatbritain #england #visitengland #bestunitedkingdom #bestukpics #igersengland #loves_britain #lovesgreatbritain #visitengland #discoverbritain #holyislandoflindisfarne #proudpiper #ukbestshots #travelgreatbritain #ilovetheuk #visitnorthumberland #northumberland_uk #northumberland_pics #northumberlandcoast #berwickupontweed

Here's some accommodation that is out of this world. ✨ Who fancies stargazing before bed at Down On The Farm? πŸ› #visitabdn #beautifulabdn #springabdn Reposted from @kimgrantphotography - #ad | Gifted Experience You can't beat getting away from it all for a few days. If you haven't seen part 2 from my time at Down On The Farm, it's now available to watch on YouTube. #downonthefarm #glamping #aberdeenshire #nighttime #afterdark #longexposure #nightphotography #astrophotography #holidaycottage #holidayrental #traveling_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #britain_greatshots #farm #visitabdn #bestofourshire #hiddenscotland #unlimitedscotland #photooftheday #beautifulscotland #capturingbritain #ukpotd #potd - #regrann

Happy Wednesday everyone! Coming tomorrow on Youtube I talk you through the importance of foreground interest in your landscape images. Tune in from 18.30 GMT to watch and learn a few tips along the way 😊 #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #scotlandlover #insta_scotland #scotland_greatshots #icu_scotland #ig_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #morayspeyside #thisismoray #potd #morayfirth #landscapephotography #burghead #sunsetscotland #s_s_s #sunset #sky_brilliance #sunset_vision #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece

Where my landscape photography journey all began. Hosting my first Burghead workshop a few weekends ago and it was amazing! The conditions could not have been better. Fancy shooting this location for yourself? I have another photography workshop there on Sunday 23rd June. Head over to my website (link in bio) to book your place now. #scotland_greatshots #scotlandlover #scotlandsbeauty #scotland #visitscotland #ig_scotland #icu_scotland #icu_britain #omgb #ilovescotland #morayspeyside #moraycoast #burghead #landscapephotography #explore_scotland #traveling_scotland #unlimitedscotland #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #scotspirit #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #scotlandlove #osmaps #thisisscotland #potd #ukpotd

Had a lovely time hosting an evening workshop in Burghead at the weekend. We were treated to some stunning light and a very beautiful sunset. Great location for photography! Fancy joining my next Burghead workshop? It's happening on tbe 23rd of June! Head over to my website to book your place now. #burghead #moraycoast #morayfirth #morayspeyside #scotspirit #thisisscotland #thisismoray #potd #visitscotland #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #wanderlust #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #bbcbritain #gloriousbritain #photooftheday #explore_scotland #scotlandroadtrip #osmaps #photographyworkshops

Photography workshops are a great way to get out with your camera, find inspiration and learn how to see the world differently. If you're lucky like we were last night - you may even get stunning conditions like this! Here is one of my clients snapping the light over the sea during last night's epic sunset. If you want to join a workshop, head over to my website for full deals and dates (link in bio) . If no dates suit you, please feel free to message me as I may be able to arrange others 😊 #scotland #visitscotland #morayspeyside #burghead #sunsetscotland #sunset #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #sunset_madness #landscapephotography #photographyworkshop #photographyworkshops #learnphotography #photographingscotland #icu_scotland #ig_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotlandpics #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #scotspirit

Tonight's workshop was a cracker! Stunning reflections, interesting foreground and snow capped mountains πŸ“Έ Fancy shooting locations like this for yourself? Head over to my website to book your spot on a future workshop (link in bio). More dates to be added soon 😊 #scotland #visitscotland #cairngorms #cairngormsnationalpark #lochmorlich #landscapephotography #photographyworkshop #nikon #photographyworkshops #learnphotography #photographingscotland #reflections #scotlandlover #insta_scotland #scotland_greatshots #icu_scotland #ig_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #britain_greatshots #backofcamera

Everyone loves to shoot the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. I took this image during my recent trip there and you can see me reviewing it in my latest YouTube video. If you look closely you can see the moon! πŸŽ‘ #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #scotlandlover #insta_scotland #scotland_greatshots #icu_scotland #ig_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotlandpics #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #potd #photooftheday #scottishhighlands #isleofskye #isleofskyescotland #scottishcollective #officialisleofskye

The Isle of Skye is full of wonder but it can also be shrouded in cloud. Tune into my YouTube channel tomorrow to learn some tips on how you can get creative with your photos, while waiting for the light. Great for those dull days or when shooting pre sunrise πŸ“Έ #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #isleofskye #isleofskyescotland #scottishcollective #unlimitedscotland #simplyscotland #scotshots #officialisleofskye #quiraing #scotlandsbeauty #longexposure #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #wanderlust #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #ig_masterpiece #potd #photooftheday #scottishhighlands #ig_scotland #omgb #scotlandtravel #hiddenscotland

New week - new adventures! 3 sleeps until I begin my yearly trip to the Isle of Skye. This time I have a collaboration with @cottagesandcastles to enjoy and 2 landscape photography workshops to host. Oh...and it's my birthday while I'm there πŸŽ‰ What adventures have you got planned this week? #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #isleofskye #oldmanofstorr #earthfocus #capturingbritain #isleofskyeofficial #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #scottishhighlands #highlands #highlandcollective #adventure #potd #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #officialisleofskye #isleofskyeofficial #osmaps #thisisscotland #unlimitedscotland #photooftheday #brilliantmoments #ukpotd

We have had so much windy conditions these past few weeks! Currently sitting in my office listening to it howling outside. Despite the wind, I've been down to the coast a few times in recent weeks and been shooting the sand moving along the beach. Here's just one of many images I've had the pleasure of shooting. You can see this one and more in this Sundays video 😊 #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #scotlandlover #visitabdn #beautifulscotland #capturingbritain #ukpotd #potd #beautifulabdn #rattrayhead #aberdeenshire #beach #coastalviews #scotlandroadtrip #osmaps #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #scotlandlove #scotlandscoast #landscapephotography #beachlife #icu_scotland #ig_scotland #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #britain_greatshots

I've been out with my camera a lot this week - it's been great! Here's an image that I shot on Wednesday afternoon down at Rattray Head. If you look closely you can see my dad in the left hand corner, battling the wind πŸ˜‚ It was an epic stormy day full of photographic possibilities πŸƒ 🌊 πŸ“Έ #scotland #visitscotland #ig_scotland #icu_scotland #icu_britain #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #britain_greatshots #aberdeenshire #visitabdn #scotshots #bestofourshire #rattrayhead #rainbow #ne250 #coastalviews #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #scenicbritain #earthfocus #wanderlust #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #scotlandlove #osmaps #thisisscotland #potd #ukpotd

Finally managed to get out after being confined to the house for two months Richmond Park and found some interesting textures after being inspired by all you Instagrammers and @rachaeltalibart in particular Here is a modest image of grass and trees. #earth_shotz #texture #grass #trees #fingerprintofgod #fiftyshades_of_nature #landscape_captures #landscapephotography #1ukshot #natureshot #yourbritain #britain_greatshots #uk_greatshots #ukpotd #explore_landscapes #monochrome #blackandwhite

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is just around the corner. Has anyone got any exciting trips or adventures planned? This image was taken on Tuesday evening overlooking Pennan during my latest photography workshop. It's a weekend off for me this week but I'm running 3 workshops along the Moray Coast next weekend. Head along to my website now to book your place (link in bio) #scotland #visitscotland #scotspirit #scotlandlover #insta_scotland #scotland_greatshots #visitabdn #bestofourshire #hiddenscotland #unlimitedscotland #aberdeenshire #pennan #coastalviews #landscapephotography #sunsetscotland #osmaps #omgb #ilovescotland #bbcscotland #britain_greatshots #ukpotd #scotland4you #ne250 #sunset_vision #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scottishcoast #scotlandroadtrip #beautifulscotland #capturingbritain

Early morning spring reflections over Loch Tay. Yesterdays image from Bow Fiddle Rock reminded me why I love sunrise shoots. They're not the easiest to do - early alarms, driving in the dark, fighting fatigue etc etc. However when they go right, they can be unforgettable experiences! #scotland #visitscotland #lochtay #landscapephotography #thisisscotland #scotlandnow #sunsetscotland #sunrise #ukpotd #hiddenscotland #britain_greatshots #britains_talent #scotspirit #ig_masterpiece #bbcbritain #gloriousbritain #photooftheday #explore_scotland #scotlandroadtrip #osmaps #scotlandisnow #scotlandscenery #scotland4you #scotlandlove #scotlandlochs #scottishtourism #scottishscenery #perthshire #scotlandphotography