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Culross Abbey

High on the hillside above Culross Palace are the peaceful ruins of a very old monastery with links to St Mungo and St Serf

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Kilmartin Glen: Nether Largie South

Stepping down through the layers of time into the darkness of a Neolithic chambered cairn

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Culross Palace: glowing with splendour

Its walls the colour of saffron, Culross Palace beckons you into a 17th-century world of cobbled streets and quaint townhouses

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Loch Avich and the Castle of the Red-haired Girl

I knew there had to be a story attached to this; I hope you’ll find it as spellbinding as I did!

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Ballachuan hazel wood

I’ve never walked through a woodland quite like this one: the ancient hazel wood of Ballachuan on the island of Seil

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Marsh marigold: the yellow plant of Beltane

Lighting up wetlands and boggy places, kingcup flowers are dazzling in their brilliance

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Temple Wood stone circles, Kilmartin Glen

We might have forgotten what went on there, but we’re still drawn to stone circles like moths to a flame – and this one in Kilmartin Glen is certainly alluring

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Prehistoric rock art at Achnabreck

Who carved these intriguing symbols, and why? If there’s wisdom in beauty, we can surely glimpse it here in this ancient woodland above Kilmartin Glen

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Rosslyn Castle – falling shadows

Gaunt and brooding, the battered fragments of a spectacular fortress stand in the woodlands of Roslin Glen

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Rosslyn Chapel: catching the light

This extraordinary church was the vision of one man – William St Clair – and mystery seems to ooze out of its walls


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Lesser celandine: greeting the sun

Star-like flowers of pure yellow welcome the first spring sunshine

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Trees of winter

On a New Year’s Day walk, the sound of the wind in the trees reminded me of these words by Thomas Hardy

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The fragrance of juniper

Since the end of the last Ice Age, juniper has been colonising open areas of land and offering shelter to all kinds of wildlife. Now, it looks like it could do with a little help…

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Autumn colours in Killiecrankie

Lit by the slanting sun, the woods along the River Garry are burnished with bronze, yellow and gold


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Ardchattan: in the footsteps of St Baodan

Sometimes the most beautiful churches have the least to say: this is certainly true of Kilmodan, high above Loch Etive

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The Ballymeanoch stones, Kilmartin

Clad in silvery garlands of lichen, these stones have been casting long shadows in Kilmartin Glen for thousands of years

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St Moluag’s Cathedral on the Isle of Lismore

When it came to choosing an island for his monastery, the ‘Apostle of the Picts’ wasn’t going to let Lismore slip through his hands…

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St Adamnan’s Cross in Glen Lyon

Who lived in this extraordinary glen, 1300 years ago? One man who did was St Adamnan, and this simple cross remembers his kindness…