Tantallon B&W

Six more of Scotland’s haunted castles

Scotland will never run short of haunted castles. Since Hallowe’en is approaching, I wondered if you’d like to tiptoe around a few of them with me…

Jedburgh Crop

Jedburgh Abbey

Breathtaking medieval architecture… and a delicious story of a phantom wedding guest

St Bride's Crop

St Bride’s revisited

My feature on this lovely old graveyard near Loch Lubnaig has brought two strands of the same family together

Carsaig Crop

Fossils at Carsaig Bay

On Mull’s south-west coast, if you can drag your eyes away from the glorious scenery, you’ll find a wealth of Jurassic treasures beneath your feet

Ellen's Isle Crop

Ellen’s Isle

This small wooded island in Loch Katrine was the refuge of Scott’s heroine in ‘The Lady of the Lake’

Dryburgh Crop

Dryburgh Abbey

The pink sandstone ruins of Dryburgh Abbey stand in their own little pool of time, listening for the gentle chant of prayers

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The spirit of the alder

Lover of riverbanks and boggy places, the alder forms a close bond between earth and water. No wonder our ancestors revered its magic

Wild Rose

The dog rose

Evoking long summer days and warm sunshine, these glorious blooms will soon be turning into bright red hips


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The ancient oak woods of Taynish

A landscape that is a living piece of Scotland’s heritage: these oak woods have been growing in Knapdale for 7,000 years

Ivy-leaved Toadflax Crop

Ivy-leaved toadflax

This pretty little wild flower seems to love ruined buildings just as much as I do!

Birnam Oak Crop

The Birnam Oak: in the presence of greatness

Did this majestic tree – or the forest in which it stood – inspire Shakespeare with an idea for ‘Macbeth’?


Brenchoille Bridge (1)

Brenchoille bridge near Inveraray

This delightful little bridge, built in the late 18th century, spans the Leacann Water by Loch Fyne

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Camas nan Geall: ‘the Bay of the Strangers’

A chambered cairn, a standing stone and an ancient graveyard… this beautiful bay on the coast of Ardnamurchan holds some fascinating secrets

Dunstaffnage Castle (3)

Dunstaffnage Castle: defiant to the last

In the 13th century, no one approached Dunstaffnage Castle without a very good reason. It still fills you with a sense of awe…

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Dowsing at Torphichen and Cairnpapple

I’ve always been fascinated by dowsing – and on this two-day course by Western Geomancy I finally got to try it for myself!

Dunstaffnage Chapel (3)

Dunstaffnage Chapel – haunted by sadness

Peaceful woodlands enclose this little church on the coast of Argyll; but in December 1462 a wedding here was about to turn into a funeral…


Ardnamurchan volcano (1)

Ardnamurchan’s volcano

There can’t be many places in the UK where you can drive through the magma chamber of an extinct volcano…

Herkimer diamonds (1)

Herkimer diamonds

Prized for their clarity, these double-pointed crystals have some fascinating bubbles trapped inside!