I've discovered a new area to explore, thanks to a neighbour. I was out in Strathmore discussing a painting commission with him and he told me about Dirlot Gorge. He had grown up in the area and offered to show me around, so we had an interesting time exploring his old haunts. There is some wonderful scenery there and I could see several subjects for paintings straight away.
The River Thurso runs through a beautiful gorge, which is a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest'. There is an old chapel, a very ruined castle and some Neolithic stone rows. Apparently there was also a high glacial ridge, but unfortunately that was quarried away in the 1950's.
I went back yesterday to paint the gorge, but the warm weather has brought all the biting insects out. The worst ones, for me, are the clegs. They bite me even through my clothes. I put up with it for as long as I could, but I rushed the painting and ruined it in the end. I painted this version at home from the original.