Bracklinn Falls

Bracklin Falls - Jo 92

From droplets to a roaring torrent… this is the majesty of Bracklinn Falls after heavy rain, photographed on a wet day at the end of summer.   I’m including a video with this one, to give you an idea of the spectacle! To get to the falls… Look for the brown signpost as you come into […]

Temple Wood stone circles, Kilmartin Glen

Temple Wood Crop 2

We might have forgotten what went on there, but we’re still drawn to stone circles like moths to a flame – and this one in Kilmartin Glen is certainly alluring

In a nutshell: Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Crop

Ancient seat of the McCullochs, Cardoness Castle has seen some troubled times. Violence, plunder, feuding… it all went on here!

Scottish islands: Mull

Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull 66

Is this one of the best beaches in Scotland?  I think so, but then I’m biased!   As you come round a corner on Mull’s wild and rocky north-west coast, Calgary Bay opens up before your eyes in all its white and turquoise beauty. Photo © Jo Woolf

Ellen’s Isle

Ellen's Isle Crop

This small wooded island in Loch Katrine was the refuge of Scott’s heroine in ‘The Lady of the Lake’

Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh (2)

The pink sandstone ruins of Dryburgh Abbey stand in their own little pool of time, listening for the gentle chant of prayers

Scottish islands: Harris

Luskentyre beach 30

Time for another in my Scottish islands series, and this time I’m visiting Harris in the Western Isles.   Harris has a dazzling beach at Luskentyre, and on the day we visited there was a brisk wind which kept us moving in an effort to stay warm.   Just a few inches above the surface of the beach, grains of […]

The Devil’s Arrows: shafts of darkness

Devil's Arrows composite

The people who put up these standing stones in North Yorkshire were obviously thinking big – but what on earth are those grooves all about?

Scottish islands: Lewis

Callanish BW

No apology required for re-visiting this astonishing place, for my post on the Isle of Lewis! Callanish takes you back to the elements – it’s raw and cold, like bones of the earth, and it has a strong magic, too.   We went there on a windy day in September, with a strangely ethereal sky and quite challenging lighting. […]

Scottish islands: Kerrera

Gylen Castle, Kerrera

Kerrera is the long, low island that sits like a natural storm barrier between Oban Bay and the Firth of Lorn.  It has a marina on its eastern side, and the CalMac ferries are constantly coming and going around its northernmost point, on their way to the outer islands.   Taking your car to Kerrera isn’t really an […]