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 […]

Under the hills of Torridon

[fimg id=9998552466] There aren’t many more stunning parts of the country than Torridon in Wester Ross on the coast of the Northwest Highlands. [fimg id=10665987776 size=Medium][fimg id=11752020734 size=Medium] The steeply enclosed Glen Torridon, with its mountain river tumbling down from the Coulin Estate, and its mirror lochans like Lochan an […]

The standing stones of Machrie Moor

[fimg id=8100871959] On the west side of Arran — the “Scotland in miniature” island of the Firth of Clyde — you might find a gateway, half hidden in high hedges, with a sign indicating the path to Machrie Moor. [fimg id=8100882490 size=Medium][fimg id=8100882652 size=Medium] The track winds through the sheep […]


The A82 between Tyndrum and North Ballachulish in the West Highlands is a remarkable road. [fimg id=5087066582 size=Medium][fimg id=6765415487 size=Medium] Astonishing not just for the breathtaking moorland and mountain landscape that it floats across and weaves through as it climbs through Glen Coe and crosses the vast expanses of Rannoch […]

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 […]

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 […]