The wide open spaces of the north of Scotland give grand and impressive skies when the weather relents and the rain stops. Perhaps in fact these skies result as much from the variable and unpredictable weather itself as from the character of the landscape. Either way, it is one of the pleasures of visiting this area for me.
I've taken many photos over the years but for this post, I've chosen five favourites from this trip. The first was taken on the beach at St Cyrus on the Aberdeenshire coast last week.
Then there are three from the Orkney Islands during the brief spell of warm sunny weather of the last three days (how lucky we've been).
The final photo shown was taken last Saturday in John O' Groats on the Scottish mainland just before we boarded the ferry to Orkney.