Skip to main content

Scotscalder Station

"Into the Sunset" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

This view is from my nearest railway station at Scotscalder. It's unmanned, and if you want to catch a train here, you have to hold out your hand to tell the driver to stop. The journey south to Inverness takes three and a half hours, and winds in and out around the mountains and estuaries.
I think the little building in the view is probably a line-man's hut, like another one that I painted recently.


  1. Typical Keith Tilley. Love the distant hills, the rosy sky, and how I'm led into all of it by the tracks and that wall on the right... Yeah! you know your 'stuff' .. I've been MIA but will be back soon as I can.
    Barbra Joan

    1. Thanks BJ, I'm glad you noticed the lead-ins, they made a good composition without me having to alter much.

      I hope you're on the mend soon.

  2. Good morning Keith.... Drawn into that typical Tillyesque panorama with a few selected strokes of colour into the wild "unpeopled" countryside you continually seek out. One has the feeling of "ridin' the rails" on that three and a half hour journey... historical commentary to connect the dots about the country one is passing through. Magical... as always Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, this was a gift of a subject really, it's not often that a composition naturally creates such a powerful sense of depth.

      Hope you're still enjoying the summer,
      Best wishes,

  3. I've always rated your skies very highly Keith, and this one is among your best, in my opinion. I know the subject matter has done most of the work for you with regards to composition but those lead-in's just drag the eye off into the distance wondering what's around the bend and over the next hill. And, as always, I can't help but be struck by your palette .... I just adore those greens. Superb work as usual. ;-)

    1. Thanks John. The greens were all various earth colours mixed with Viridian or French Ultramarine.

  4. The painting has such a lovely loneliness (or should I perhaps say 'aloneness'?) about it. When I look at it, I feel as though I am the only person in the picture... It is a beautiful painting, Keith.

    1. Thanks for your perceptive comment, Diane. "Aloneness" is very appropriate; it's a very quiet station, and it's unusual for more than one person to be waiting for a train there.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

North Coast 500

In 2015 the North Highland Initiative started a project to boost tourism in the northern counties of Scotland. The idea was to publicise a 500 mile route through Inverness-shire, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland and my home county of Caithness, and promote it as a superb road trip. I don't know how successful they expected it to be, but it has quickly become very popular and has been called one of the top five coastal routes in the World. In fact its popularity is becoming a problem for the local residents: some of the roads are single-track, with bays at intervals to allow two vehicles to pass each other, but there is an etiquette for their use that strangers are not always aware of. The result is that local people going about their business find themselves held up by slow-moving tourist vehicles, so if you use the route please pull over and allow other vehicles to pass. The amount of traffic will probably also cause damage to the roads, which were not intended for heavy use. Desp…

Christmas Wishes

A couple of my latest watercolours and -

Best Wishes to all for Christmas

"The Fuel Bowser", Watercolour, 24 x 18 cm

"View at Skelbo", Watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

Moorland Fire

Moorland Fire Watercolour 25 x 36 cm
There is a definite feeling of approaching autumn now, with some cooler days and more unsettled weather. It hardly seems any time at all since the spring, when there was a long spell of dry weather and the moors were tinder-dry. There were a number of serious fires at the time and several nature reserves were badly damaged. I think they were mostly caused by accident or carelessness this time, but unfortunately there are people who seem to get satisfaction from starting fires deliberately.

The fire in this painting is of a different kind. Every year between, autumn and spring, shooting estates burn off small patches of moorland to leave a patchwork of heather. This encourages the breeding of grouse, with the old growth providing cover and the new shoots providing food. The operation has to be done very carefully, because fires can easily get out of control, and once the underlying peat starts to burn it can burn for days and is very difficult to p…