You are too kind.
It is the surroundings that provide the scope. The area round us is replete with castles, mountains, lochs, rivers, and waterfalls. On top of that, there is a reasonable amount of wildlife, human activities such as walking, white water rafting and bungee jumping. I am waiting for the local pipe band to start up at the end of May, and the Highland Games at Glamis castle in June.
There are some downsides, one has to be prepared to travel. Unfortunately, this often means single track roads, if you are lucky there may be passing places. What you don’t want is to meet a timber tug coming in the other direction.
Once you have done your travelling by car, there is usually an amount of walking (if there isn’t then you can be certain that there will be a coach disgorging a load of tourists; once they have gone they will be replaced by a second coach). This is probably age related, there always seems to be more “up” getting to the place you want to photograph than “down”.
Guide books are not always the most reliable publications either, what they refer to as a “well-made path” may be just that, but it may also mean that the water only comes up over your boots rather than up to your knees. I used to sneer at people using walking poles, but now I see them as a necessity (backpack, check; camera body, check; selection of lenses, check; filters, check; tripod, check; water bottle, check; walking poles, check; registration on body-building course, check).
Then there is the weather, we get a lot of what my neighbour refers to as “three-season days” up here. It might be clear when you set off on your walk, but thick fog or rain when you get there.
But it does give me a great deal of pleasure, and keeps me out from under my wife’s feet, both outside the house and in