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Sunset over Loch Lomond

Sunset over Loch Lomond  - Copyright Dougie Milne Photography 2018

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"Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond..."

The view from Conic Hill as the sun sets over Loch Lomond. This is the first of several great panoramas that greet walkers on the West Highland Way.

The picture shows the ridge of Conic Hill descending towards the Loch in the foreground. The islands of Inchcailloch and Torrinch beyond it look almost as if they are connected. Creinch and Inchmurrin are more distinct, and Ben Bowie continues the fault line on the far side. The island of Clairinish sits on its own to the left.

The islands, and Conic Hill itself were formed as part of the Highland Boundary Fault that marks the start of the Scottish Highlands. They are composed of a conglomerate of rock scooped out by the glacier that formed the Loch, known as puddingstone. The Fault forms a straight line diagonally across the country, from Helensburgh in the west to Stonehaven in the north-east. South of the line, the country is low and relatively flat, while to the north there are mountains.

This picture was taken on 6 October 2018.