rural decay

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 […]


[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 […]