abandoned places and things


Destitution Road again: return to Fain House

The Destitution Road crosses the Fain — high boggy moorland in Dundonnell, Wester Ross-shire, under An Teallach mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. My brain keeps wanting to autocorrect it to the Desolation Road, for its remote and isolated situation on empty, open moorland — empty except for the […]


Courthill House

[fimg id=5917123938] Heading up the coast of the Northwest Highlands, on the road from Kyle of Lochalsh to Applecross and Torridon, a brief glimpse of the mountains of Skye down the length of Loch Kishorn is soon hidden behind the trees and a high wall of big stone blocks. [fimg […]


Cwmorthin

[fimg id=5716852828] Cwmorthin is one of the many huge disused slate quarries and mines around Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia, a mile walk up into the Moelwyn Mountains from the town and station. [fimg id=6762869559 size=Medium][fimg id=6831582141 size=Medium] Most of the workings are underground, in the many miles of mine tunnels […]


The ruins of St Colmac’s

I went to the little island of Bute, in the Firth of Clyde, on the southern edge of the Highlands. [fimg id=6756927777] On the road to Ettrick Bay you pass St Colmac’s church and graveyard. [fimg id=6756932393 size=Medium][fimg id=6756928961 size=Medium] Built in 1836 for the second Marquess of Bute, of […]


The Moine House 1

[fimg id=5596308824] The geology and landscape of the Scottish Highlands are famously divided by the Great Glen fault. Less famous is the Moine Thrust Belt, running almost parallel to the Great Glen a hundred miles north. Here the rocks and landscape of the northern Highlands are pushed over those of […]


Landslide victory

[fimg id=16687297972] Mam Tor, the shivering mountain, stands at the head of the Hope Valley in the High Peak District of Derbyshire. Though not a small hill, standing 60 metres over the valley (and 500 above sea level), it stands out for its unusually sheer eastern face in a region […]