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…

Christmas greetings

Wishing peace and happiness to all my readers over the festive season

Three favourite woodlands for autumn colour

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

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 […]

Windows: Dunfermline Abbey

The third in my photo-series is this beautiful stained glass window by Douglas Strachan in the old nave of Dunfermline Abbey. It was commissioned in 1916 by the famous Dunfermline-born businessman Andrew Carnegie in memory of his parents, William Carnegie and Margaret Morrison. The image symbolises the dawn of a new age, and features a […]