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

Melrose Abbey

Scotland’s first Cistercian monastery, Melrose still has an air of faded opulence

The song of the aspen

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

Smailholm Tower

A ‘peel tower’ in the Scottish Borders, basking in the autumn sunshine and remembering a colourful history of reiving

Old Castle Lachlan: loyalty and loss

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

Kilmorie Chapel by Loch Fyne

Carpeted with moss, this ancient burial ground of the Maclachlans could hold distant echoes of an early saint

The Lewis Chessmen

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

The fire of the ash

The ash is a beguiling tree, elegant in all seasons, and mother to a host of legends

WILDLIFE AND NATURE

First breath of winter

This morning, our woodlands are touched by the eerie beauty of freezing fog

Devil’s-bit scabious

These pretty blooms of late summer are an important food source for butterflies and bees

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

Marsh marigold: the yellow plant of Beltane

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

HISTORY

Tullibardine Chapel

The hopes, prayers and tragic losses of the Murray family are preserved in this wonderful old chapel in Perthshire

Innerpeffray: Scotland’s oldest free lending library

By the quiet waters of the River Earn is an unexpected treasurehouse of books. Step inside and prepare to be spellbound!

The Pictish stone of Fowlis Wester

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

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

Kilmartin Glen: Nether Largie South

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