winter

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald, December 2017

The best time to visit the mountain villages near our home is between the tourist seasons, when many hotels are closed and the valleys, cable cars and mountain cableways are much quieter. We drove up to Grindelwald shortly before Christmas, to visit the mountain restaurant at Schreckfeld, where deep snow and temperatures as low as… (Read More)

A cold, cold afternoon

It had been a beautifully sunny start to the day, but by the time we’d driven up to Grindelwald, the clouds had taken over and the temperature had plummeted. We had to use a plastic loyalty card to scrape the ice from the inside of the cable car window, and the fondue at the mountain… (Read More)

Video preview image for Schilthorn in winter

Schilthorn in winter

The follow-up to the Schilthorn Cableway’s summer video is now online, showing the mountain-top restaurant and region in winter.

Niederhorn, Switzerland

Heaven is this

Sitting, cross-legged, a couple of arms’ length from the edge of a two-and-a-half-thousand foot drop to the valley floor, watching clouds drift across the lake into the distance.

The early bird and all that

I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there… (Read More)

Changeable Sunday

Views from home across the lake to the Niederhorn on a winter Sunday.

Schilttal, Switzerland

Schiltgrat to Mürren

A hair-raising sledge run – our first of this season – in the awe-inspiring Schilttal valley above Mürren.

Faulensee, Switzerland

Below the water line

Low water levels in Lake Thun in winter reveal large expanses of foreshore.

Riffelsee to Riffelalp, Zermatt

Before the proper snow arrived at the start of this year’s winter season, we visited Zermatt and visited the famous, much-photographed view of the Matterhorn from Riffelsee.

Croick Estate, Scotland

A winter drive along a ten-mile single-track road in northern Scotland led to a remote church and a still, wet, beautiful landscape.