Museum garden in St Andrews

St Andrews Jo 147 (2)

A lovely old doorway in St Andrews, enhanced by a stunning display of late summer flowers

Brainteaser – the answer (and a spot of medieval history!)

North berwick harbour 25

The answer to my brainteaser lies on the shore of East Lothian, and it will lead you in the footsteps of 12th century pilgrims…

A little brainteaser…

Tidal gauge

Here’s a little curiosity to tickle your brain cells.    Does anyone know what this is, and what it was – or is -used for?    Additional bonus points if you can tell me where it is.   I’ll post the answer in a week or so’s time! Footnote, 31st August 2014:    The answer has […]

The trees of Dollar Glen

DGlen Collage

At Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire, a steep-sided gorge contains an emerald world where the trees bend their mossy branches to the water

Doune Castle: seat of power

Doune CW 8

Is this my favourite castle yet? (It might just take the medieval biscuit!) The setting for ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and now the new ‘Outlander’ series, Doune Castle is a delight to explore!

Two old arches and a warning in stone

Lauder arch (4)

These two old arches in the Scottish Borders bear an intriguing inscription – and a salutary warning to passers by!

White cottage at Arisaig

Arisaig (2)

Overlooking the white sands of Arisaig is this delightful little cottage… and there’s a reason why the grass is so green!

Falkland Palace: power and glory

Falkland entrance 2

Sitting on the quiet main street of Falkland in Fife is one of the most remarkable Scottish castles, brainchild of the brilliant but ill-fated Stewart kings

Castle Coeffin: guarding a broken heart

Castle Coeffin (3)

An ancient stronghold overlooking the Sound of Mull… infused in its ivy-clad walls is an irresistible legend.

Portraits of a cold climate

Approaching snowstorm

In early spring the mountains are still in the grip of snow, ice and piercing winds… but there’s beauty in abundance