Caisteal nan Coin Duibh – ‘the Castle of the Black Dogs’

What a wonderful name! Like most of the places round here, this hill fort seems to be half-immersed in legend. And the views are amazing…

Trespassing

Renewing my love of hazels, and the spells that they weave…

The Hazel Tree – now on the west coast!

A new home for us, and for The Hazel Tree, on the coast of Argyll

‘Song of the trees’

An evocative and heartwarming poem by Joy Mead

Sycamore: colonist or custodian?

Often seen as an intruder in old woodlands, the sycamore still deserves a second glance for its beauty – and older specimens could tell a tale or two about bloodshed and drama!

Rosebay willowherb

‘Fireweed’ or ‘bombweed’ lights up roadside verges and waste ground with a blaze of late summer colour

Standing stone near Loch Ederline

Checking fields at random around Kilmartin Glen will reveal any number of cairns and standing stones. This one, right by the roadside, was still a surprising find.

Blackness Castle

There’s nothing romantic about this castle on the Firth of Forth: armed to the teeth, with walls 18 feet thick, Blackness was once a power to be reckoned with

Kilbride Kirk, Lerags

In this mossy graveyard close to Loch Feochan, many generations of MacDougalls have been laid to rest

WILDLIFE AND NATURE

12 Trees in Autumn

Celebrating the variety of seasonal colour in our best-loved deciduous trees

Three favourite woodlands for autumn colour

Looking forward to the glorious colours of these woodlands in Argyll and Perthshire

The song of the aspen

Fluttering on impossibly slender stalks, aspen leaves whisper a message that seems to flow from the Earth itself

HISTORY

The Lerags Cross

Standing beside the road to Lerags in Argyll is this beautiful late medieval cross

Clava Cairns

Rays from the midwinter sunset filter into the deep heart of these passage graves, built 4,000 years ago in northern Scotland

Culloden: field of sorrow

Remembering a fateful day in Scotland’s history, this is one of the most evocative places I’ve ever been