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!

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

Rosebay willowherb

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

Windows: Culross Palace

Distinctive dormer windows in the roof of Culross Palace

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

The Lerags Cross

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

Update on The Hazel Tree

Just a quick note for those of you who might be wondering where I’ve got to for the last couple of months! As Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, I’m working on a book entitled ‘The Great Horizon – 50 Tales of Exploration’.  This will focus on the stories of 50 amazing […]