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.

Knoydart cover

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.

The road to Skye

The road to Skye

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.

Bealach na Bà


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.

Walking the Coulags circuit

The problem with agreeing to go hillwalking on a certain date is that you can’t wimp out when the weather forecast is rubbish. Our plan was to do the Coulags circuit, which runs northwest from near Achnashellach. According to MWIS the prognosis was not good, though: below zero temperatures at summits, and as low as…

Wandering around

I’ve been trying to get out as much as possible at weekends of late. Uncharacteristically good weather has made it all the more motivating to get out and explore the beautiful surroundings that lie just a short distance away from Inverness. Three recent walks have rendered some half-decent photos. Moray Firth coast at Balintore I…

Ben Wyvis, at last

Given it sits among comparatively flat landscape (by Highlands standards), it doesn’t take much for Inverness to be towered over. That’s why Ben Wyvis, over half an hour’s drive away, is a dominant feature in Inverness, especially in the popular views across town to the north from the castle. There, seemingly just at the mouth of…

Fyrish Monument

It’s a sad state of affairs that it takes someone from abroad to encourage me to see something under my nose. I try to be good at making the most of the amazing scenery and history on my doorstep, but in the case of the Fyrish monument, about half an hour north of Inverness and…

Torridon and Applecross

This past weekend, we hit the west coast with a group of friends to go hillwalking. We climbed a mountain at Torridon on Saturday (Mullach an Rathain, for those are interested).  It would have been two peaks but the weather was against us. Then on Sunday Nicole and I drove around the spectacular Applecross peninsula…