We are mesmerised by bucolic Scotland, with its sprawling glens, undulating mountains and glassy lochs. On one of our recent jaunts to the Scottish countryside, we spent the day frolicking about Loch Muick in Aberdeenshire. Cradled by Glen Muick on the Balmoral Estate, the loch is encircled by soaring hills, carpeted with violet-hued heather and beech forest, and home to resident red squirrels and red deer.
One of 31,460 lochs in Scotland, Muick displays the classic Scottish scenery that often seeps into our daydreams back in frenetic London. Perched on the edge of the loch is the 19th century Glas-allt Shiel house which was built by Queen Victoria as a royal retreat and now serves as a bothy for walkers and campers, and teetering above it all is the majestic mountain, Lochnagar.
A charming setting evoking a sense of history and natural splendour, Loch Muick has cast us under its evocative spell.
Words and photographs by Emma Douty