Christmas with an iPhone

We spent the Christmas and New Year period travelling to Scotland and back by road again.

Loch an Eilein

Jo took me to visit Loch an Eilein, in the Rothiemurchus estate, during one of my first trips to Scotland way back in 2005. I love pine forests and, in particular, Scots pines, so I was in my element there. The walk around the loch is an easy one, ranging 4-5 miles over pretty unchallenging… (Read More)

Fossil hunting on Brora Beach


Duke Of Sutherland Monument, Golspie

George Leveson-Gower, a British Member of Parliament, married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, in 1785. The land they subsequently controlled was amongst the largest estates in Europe. A statue to his memory was erected in 1830 on the summit Beinn a’ Bhragaidh, standing 30 metres tall and overlooking the estate, Dunrobin Castle and the north-eastern coast… (Read More)

Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge

The Commando Memorial stands above Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands, with a commanding view across the former Commando Training Depot to the Nevis range of mountains. The memorial stands for the British Commando units who trained here in the Second World War, and was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952.

The Rottenrow

Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, or to many Glaswegians “The Rottenrow”, was founded in 1834 and demolished in 2001. The Victorian building had fallen into disrepair by the time of its demolition and was deemed inadequate for modern requirements. A replacement for The Rottenrow was built at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the original building was purchased… (Read More)

Hiking Ben Wyvis in Scotland

Ben Wyvis

Hiking our first Scottish “Munro”: Ben Wyvis in the district of Ross & Cromarty.

Rest in peace, little pooch

Archie Meadies, 2001-2017.

Kilmuir Easter Church, Scotland

Kilmuir Easter Church

The only remains of antiquity that stood in this parish, were last year removed.  In the place of Delny, once a principal seat of the Earls of Ross, stood the ruins of a Romish chapel on a pleasant bank surrounded by graves.  This spot has been deserted as a burying place for many years; and… (Read More)

Gretna Green, Scotland

A place of irregular marriages

The small town of Gretna Green, which lies alongside the M6/A74M on the border between Scotland and England, is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.