scotland


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 […]


Crossing the Moorfoot Hills

[fimg id=7309752564] From where it flows into the Tweed at Innerleithin, a solitary road runs up alongside the Leithen Water — Abhainn Leitheinn, the grey river — and is soon enclosed in perfect round and green hills. [fimg id=8997239796 size=Medium][fimg id=7844877966 size=Medium] It twists and turns and climbs northwards through […]


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 […]