Photography at The Retreat

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Glenesk is lovely in the rain, the river and burns are turbulent with bubbling golden brown water and the sky deepens into so many different shades of grey and blue. And so often, while elsewhere cloud still hangs, in the glen, the sun comes out, bathing the wet green hills in brightness so that puddles and water sparkle, making water the perfect theme for the Glenesk photographic competition.

The competition is open to all ages with entry closing on August 14.

Any person can submit three prints at a cost of £3.

The adult section, wining £50, £30 or £20 is for anyone aged 16 and over and the children’s section, for 15s and under, has prizes of £15, £10 and £5.

Pictures, which must have been taken in the glen in the year 2010 to 2011 and must be no smaller than A5 (8 “ x 6”) and no bigger than A4 (12” x 8”).

Entries should be submitted to the Retreat by Sunday 14th August and further details are available from Anne Taylor on 01356 670 208.

There are many opportunities for taking a prize winning photograph, not least the guided walk along Loch Lee on Saturday, August 6.

Whatever the weather the walk, led by an Angus Council ranger, will offer a fascinating insight into Glenesk’s rich wildlife and landscape and the world of the deep loch.

Walkers are advised to meet at The Retreat visitor centre at 2pm.

The event concludes with refreshments at The Retreat and a tour of its much loved folk museum.

Tickets cost £7 with all places needing to be booked in advance which can be done by phoning the Retreat on 01356 648 070.

Saturday, August 13 sees the Retreat hosting a welcome return to musicians David Adam and friends.

After last year’s brilliant evening of music and dance these fabulous musicians return with their tunes, traditional and new, to play at 1pm.

The session is free.

If you are in the glen enjoying this music there is still time to take a photograph for the Glenesk photographic competition as the deadline is Sunday August 14th.

With its restaurant and tea room, its gift shop, museum and archive facilities, the Retreat offers plenty to do when it is raining.

In those magnificent moments of sunshine the nature trail and children’s play area can be enjoyed along with refreshments out on the terrace looking over stunning views of the glen.

“We are open every day from 12pm to 6pm,” said Anna Robson, manager of this community owned and run venture. “We look forward to welcoming people, whatever the weather.

“To book a table or to speak to us with any enquiries and comments please phone 01356 648 070 and we will be glad to help.”