Mountain running in the Cairngorms: Geddes & Rachael Murray

In April, I met Buckie-based couple Geddes Murray and Rachael Murray for a mountain running photo shoot. We'd planned to go to Torridon and take some shots on Beinn Eighe in advance of Geddes' participation in this year's Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon (a blue t-shirt for sure) but the forecast was poor so we headed to the Cairngorms National Park instead. 

After meeting at 3.30am at the Ski Centre car park, we headed over to Shelterstone Crag, one of my favourite places in the Cairngorms, with high expectations of glorious dawn light. It wasn't to be (there was a thick mist when we arrived) but it cleared up not long after the sun came up and we had enough light to start shooting.

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Published in Adventure Travel magazine: Outdoor adventures in Scotland

My collaboration with Adventure Travel magazine, the 'longest-standing outdoor active travel magazine in the business', continued with the publication of two more of my images in their  October 2016 and February 2017 issues. (See previous entries here).

Adventure Travel's 'Weekenders' section includes photo essays of a number of "cracking UK adventures", to help people "make the most of those precious two days". For this issue, I was commissioned to submit two features about outdoor adventures in Scotland. I chose shots from a great scrambling day out on the Black Cuillin in the Isle of Skye and fine winter's walk on Streap in the West Highlands of Scotland. 

My thanks to Adventure Travel editor, Rob Slade, for continuing to choose my images. Look out for more photo essays I'll be submitting for future issues of the magazine.

Doctor's orders: Trail running in Edinburgh

The day after Boxing Day, I was sat in front of my computer screen, pondering new plans for 2017, when I received a text from Doctor Andrew Murray asking if I'd be interested in heading out for a trail running photo shoot in Edinburgh.

Doctor Andrew Murray is a Merrell brand ambassador and an experienced distance runner, having ran 4,279km from Scotland to the Sahara Desert in 2011, 550km across the Namib Desert in 2015 and multiple marathons in remote places around the world, including Antarctica. We first shot together in 2014 on Ben Starav in the West Highlands of Scotland.

Although Edinburgh is my home town, it's not somewhere I've really shot before (preferring instead to head north to Scotland's Munros). From local photographer's, I know that one of the classic Edinburgh shots is atop Salisbury Crags, near Arthur's Seat, looking out over the city towards Edinburgh Castle. Andrew concurred with this - it's somewhere he runs regularly - so we arranged to meet there and we spent a few hours dodging the crowds, making images in my home city.