Knoydart is one of Scotland’s most beautiful but least accessible areas, where a difficult history of land ownership still casts a shadow over the community’s cautiously optimistic future. I spent a week walking, cycling and exploring there in May 2016. Here are a few posts from the trip.
A post about the spectacular Clava viaduct on the train line just south from Inverness, and some photos I’ve taken from (and of) it over the years.
A weekend in Glenesk, featuring the two highlights of a climb up Mount Keen and a visit to the interesting folk museum.
A report of a trip to well-known beer bar The Anderson, in Fortrose, a little north of Inverness.
In which I finally get to visit the famously beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, rather than whoosh by it on the train.
A quick visit to the surprisingly interesting Rannoch station, on the West Highland Line.
A wander around Nigg Old Church and the haunting walk that runs from its graveyard to the shores of the Cromarty Firth.
I recently visited Islay, Colonsay and Jura as part of my research for Island Hopping. Here’s a sneak preview of what I got up to, plus a link to my photos.
In which I stumble across a foreign country in the middle of the Highlands – Islonia, Scotland’s very own micronation.
I went to Fochabers. And I can’t believe that this in itself is not tempting enough to make you read on. Well, if you insist on more it has a fantastic museum.
In the light of the recent refusal of planning permission for a brewery in my home Inverness, I ask what wet weather options the city actually has. Very few, it seems. Yet things could be so much better…
In which I have a go on the long-awaited and controversial Edinburgh tram network. I mean tram line…
In which I visit the “Granite City” of Aberdeen on an extra specially grey and misty day. I manage to avoid any reference to shades of grey, which you’ll be relieved to hear.
In which I spend a few days in the east end of Glasgow, and take a few photos. Not many, just a few.
A wee look around the fading Highland town of Invergordon – where two trends appear to be attempting to change the place. For better or worse…
In which I drive to Skye and back and, for once, stop off en route to take lots of photos. It still doesn’t scratch the surface of this incredible route for a road trip.
A trip to Shetland – my first time in five years – is an opportunity to remind myself of the islands’ beauty, liveliness and inherent paradoxes.
I’ve had an article published on the Wanderlust website. Here’s a bit about it, plus a link to read it for yourself.
A rare free weekend allows for a walk along one of Inverness’s few walkable routes out of town, but a trusted favourite – the start of the Great Glen Way.
A few words and pictures from a spectacular day trip to Applecross – surely one of the best places on the west coast of the Highlands.