Tag: Scotland


Skye – Photo book competition

The Isle of Skye has a special place in Scots’ hearts.  It’s a land forged from hard, jagged rocks, often swirling in cloud, that evokes wildness, mystery and grandeur.  Rich in history and culture, its communities now depend on crofting, tourism and whisky for their livelihoods. I’m delighted to announce the second of my collaborations with Allan Wright, a well-known Scottish landscape photographer, in which … Read More Skye – Photo book competition


Chasing the ‘super blue blood moon’

For the first time since 1982 this week we were treated to the spectacle of a ‘super blue blood moon’.  It was a chance to see the convergence of three rare events: a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse, which turns the moon a blood coloured orangey-red. A supermoon is when there’s a full moon that happens when the moon is … Read More Chasing the ‘super blue blood moon’


Galloway – A photographic portrait

I’m pleased to be teaming up with Allan Wright, a well-known landscape photographer, to showcase a new book he’s published on Galloway.  If you’re a fan of Galloway then read on since I also have free copies of his book to give away to two lucky readers. I’m a fairly recent convert to the quiet charms of Galloway, having enjoyed recent visits to the … Read More Galloway – A photographic portrait


Lismore’s tranquil charms

My recent excursion to the island of Lismore was book-ended by two encounters with the local Church of Scotland Minister.  A stern chap, he only shared a brief ‘hello’ with me on our second meeting.  Since I was kitted out head to toe in protective gear, bike in hand, I briefly entertained the thought that he might disapprove of people cycling on the Sabbath … Read More Lismore’s tranquil charms


Appin’s sparkling peaks

Draped in a snowy winter coat the Scottish mountains provide an irresistible allure for walkers.  White-topped hills gleam against a deep blue sky, sparkling in the crisp, cold air.  They invite challenge, adventure and the surefire certainty that a day climbing mountains in winter will provide highs and lows not experienced in the summer months. If last weekend was anything to go by I … Read More Appin’s sparkling peaks


Looking back on 2017 and plans for 2018

A Happy New Year to you! As I look out of the window this afternoon heavy rain is falling on already waterlogged ground.  The fire’s on and instead of being outside I’m spending some time reviewing last year’s outdoor and blogging activities and looking ahead to what might be in store for 2018. 2017 – The ups Looking back at some of my most … Read More Looking back on 2017 and plans for 2018


10 memorable photos of 2017

I thought I’d end the year with a selection of memorable photos over the last twelve months.  It’s great to look back on the year and remind yourself of the events and places that have stood out.  While my blogging year ended very quietly – more about this in a future post – I’m actually surprised at the variety of things I’ve got up … Read More 10 memorable photos of 2017


The “merry dancers”

    Like a piece of music that slowly builds to an exciting crescendo, the first three movements of last night’s auroral symphony started boldly and with a real purpose before exploding into a riotous final movement.  This was quite possibly the strongest, most active aurora I’ve seen in Scotland. As I reached one of my regular spots for aurora hunting just after 8pm … Read More The “merry dancers”

Clickbait, fake sites and the outdoor community

For many of us, the web and social media are useful tools to fuel our hobbies.  Getting outside at the weekend to go walking, cycling or climbing is our main focus, but online channels give us information and inspiration, perhaps to discover a new challenge, research new gear or to follow our favourite adventurer. Sounds harmless enough, doesn’t it?  But in the murky world of … Read More Clickbait, fake sites and the outdoor community


Why taxing motorhomes for visiting the Western Isles is a bad idea

Now that Scotland is seeing the benefits of increased tourism in the Highlands and Islands what’s needed is investment, not higher prices. Time to acknowledge and celebrate success There have been two big successes in rural tourism in Scotland lately.  The first, the meteoric rise in popularity of the North Coast 500, is well known.  The brainchild of the North Highland Initiative, the way … Read More Why taxing motorhomes for visiting the Western Isles is a bad idea