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…


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

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