The road to Stroma

A series of posts about a road trip up the A9 to the very north of the Scottish mainland, culminating in a visit to the fascinating depopulated island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth.

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Knoydart, 2016

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 visit to the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden. I didn’t get abducted by aliens but I did encounter the pinkest microbrewery ever.

Glenesk Folk Museum


A weekend in Glenesk, featuring the two highlights of a climb up Mount Keen and a visit to the interesting folk museum.

Yerevan, Armenia


A series of posts from three trips to Armenia – a tiny land on the edge of Europe where a tragic and devastating history and a rich, deep cultural heritage all somehow lay the foundation for a dynamic, welcoming and thoroughly engaging country.



Two days in Cork on a work trip left me little time to see this major Irish city. So I was more or less entirely dependent on taxi drivers for my impressions.