30 Jan A Highland Photo Trip: Part 1 Ruthven Barracks
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mm f4 – 3s @ f9 ISO200 (zoom 10mm)On Friday 27 January we set off from Edinburgh for a two day photo trip into the Highlands around Ullapool. We left Edinburgh two hours before dawn and as we traveled up the A9, the main road from Perth to Inverness through the mountains, we decided to stop at the ruins of Ruthven Barracks to capture the sunrise.
Ruthven Barracks stand on a mound on the opposite side of the A9 from the village of Kingussie, about 13 miles south of Aviemore. I have been traveling up and down the A9 since I was posted to RAF Kinloss in February 1987 but have never stopped to view the ruins.
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mm f4 – 1/13 @ f11 ISO400 (zoom 12mm)
Ruthven Barracks were built in 1719 by the British Army after the failed Jacobite uprising in 1715.
In the 1745 rising led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart a unit of 12 British soldiers, commanded by a Sergeant Terrence Molloy of the 6th Regiment of Foot, defended the barracks against 200 Jacobites and lost just one man. The following year Molloy surrendered to a larger force of Jacobites, commanded by John Gordon of Glenbuchet. Ruthven was destroyed by the Jacobites after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden and the ruins are what remains. Ruthven Barracks are now a scheduled monument and is free to visit all year round.
When we arrived it was about 45 minutes before sunrise and the sky was starting the brighten…