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 […]

Clava Cairns

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

Windows: Old Castle Lachlan

Something to brighten a rainy day… the view from a window in Old Castle Lachlan on Loch Fyne. This is the ancient stronghold of the Maclachlans of Strathlachlan, and it certainly has some stories to tell.  You can read more in this article on The Hazel Tree. Photo © Jo Woolf

Windows: Edinburgh Castle

It’s about time I started another photography theme, and the next one I’ve chosen is ‘Windows’. This one is in the Royal Apartments at Edinburgh Castle, in the tiny room where, on 19th June 1566, Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son, the future James VI and I. More about Edinburgh Castle at […]

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

Review of 2016 on The Hazel Tree

I’ve chosen some of my favourite posts and places from the last year – let me know which ones you’ve enjoyed the most!

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

Autumn in Glen Garry

Taken by Colin on 17th October on the road that leads west through Glen Garry to Kinloch Hourn.   He saw plenty of red deer and said that stags were roaring from the hills. Photo © Colin Woolf