The Queen’s View – Acrylic in a Watercolour Moleskine

We passed this famous viewpoint on our way to our hotel in Kinloch Rannoch last week. This view is reputedly named after a spot beloved of Queen Isabella, the wife of Robert The Bruce. King Robert ruled Scotland from 1306 until 1329. Many today mistakenly think this spot is named after Queen Victoria who was on the throne from 1837 to 1901. Victoria and her consort Albert spent their holidays near this part of the country and it is assumed that the spot was named after a visit in 1866. She travelled, that day, “incognito” to avoid people – she seemed to dislike the constant attention of them. When staying at her retreat, “Balmoral” she told her servants that she was invisible to avoid them acknowledging her presence. Aye! A strange lot! Whoever this viewpoint is named after is irrelevant as it is quite spectacular. The eye looks up Loch Tummel towards the conical peak of Schiehallion on the far left. Over the head of the loch is Dunalastair Water (see previous post) which feeds Loch Tummel by the River Tummel. They are fed, themselves by Loch Rannoch – our destination. If you didn’t see this already, I shot a small video which includes the Queen’s View. Unfortunately the peace was shattered by RAF jets practising low flying – a sore point with many here. The video is at:

and the Queen’s View around 3mins 50 secs. (complete with jet fighters)