Scotland’s first Cistercian monastery, Melrose still has an air of faded opulence
Which of these talented little starlets will win the coveted Golden Fir Cone this year? It’s time to cast your vote!
Fluttering on impossibly slender stalks, aspen leaves whisper a message that seems to flow from the Earth itself
This morning, our woodlands are touched by the eerie beauty of freezing fog
A ‘peel tower’ in the Scottish Borders, basking in the autumn sunshine and remembering a colourful history of reiving
Ghosts of horses tend to come in different guises, some of them benevolent and some of them more inclined towards the Apocalypse. The story that is linked with Old Castle Lachlan is moving and gentle, touched by the sadness of Culloden
Carpeted with moss, this ancient burial ground of the Maclachlans could hold distant echoes of an early saint
Over 800 years old and still full of character, these wonderful little pieces in the National Museum of Scotland will grab your attention and steal your heart
By the quiet waters of the River Earn is an unexpected treasurehouse of books. Step inside and prepare to be spellbound!
The ash is a beguiling tree, elegant in all seasons, and mother to a host of legends
WILDLIFE AND NATURE
These pretty blooms of late summer are an important food source for butterflies and bees
I’ve never walked through a woodland quite like this one: the ancient hazel wood of Ballachuan on the island of Seil
Lighting up wetlands and boggy places, kingcup flowers are dazzling in their brilliance
Star-like flowers of pure yellow welcome the first spring sunshine
The hopes, prayers and tragic losses of the Murray family are preserved in this wonderful old chapel in Perthshire
The Picts liked to blend drama, devotion and mystery in their sculptures – or so it seems to us now – and this is one of their most spectacular offerings
High on the hillside above Culross Palace are the peaceful ruins of a very old monastery with links to St Mungo and St Serf
Stepping down through the layers of time into the darkness of a Neolithic chambered cairn
Its walls the colour of saffron, Culross Palace beckons you into a 17th-century world of cobbled streets and quaint townhouses
I knew there had to be a story attached to this; I hope you’ll find it as spellbinding as I did!