Taynish Crop

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

Dunstaffnage Chapel Crop

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…

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Dunadd: behold the king!

This low rocky hill in the south of Kilmartin Glen was once the setting for royal ceremonies that shaped the history of Scotland

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The stones of Kilmory Oib

Ancient stones don’t get much more enigmatic than this site just north of Tayvallich. I don’t even know whether to call it a circle!

Cambuskenneth Crop

Cambuskenneth Abbey

Sitting in a loop of the River Forth within sight of Stirling Castle, this quiet place has witnessed some key moments in Scotland’s history

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’?


Glen More Crop

Glen More and the headless horseman

After nearly 500 years, is this phantom rider still trapped in the tragedy of a bitter family feud?

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The Govan Stones

It’s hard to believe that Govan, in the centre of Glasgow, was once the heart of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde. These extraordinary stones are all we have left – but what on earth do they represent?


Torphichen Preceptory – stone-cold but compelling

This gaunt and rather forbidding church has an extraordinary history. When you enter its cavernous interior, it feels like you’re walking into a tomb

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Keills Chapel: shadows of time

When the sun shines through the tiny windows of Keills Chapel in Knapdale, it reveals some astonishing treasures…

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Clan MacThomas and the Clach na Coileach

Four dead men and a sackful of live chickens… I’m just waiting for someone to suggest foul play!


Ivy-leaved Toadflax Crop

Ivy-leaved toadflax

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

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Hawthorn – bride of the hedgerow

With angelic buds and evil thorns, the hawthorn stands at the threshold of the Underworld

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Bluebell enchantment

As our woods start to shimmer with a heavenly blue haze, I’m looking at some of the folklore attached to these beautiful flowers


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Ardnamurchan’s volcano

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

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Herkimer diamonds

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


Redpoll by Colin Woolf

New painting: redpoll

A lovely watercolour study of one of our tiniest finches!


Fog bow

Fog bows