The Grey Cairns of Camster

August 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Working in Caithness for the week and having some time on my hands in the evenings, I decided to visit the Grey Cairns of Camster which were originally built around 5,000 years ago and are some of the oldest stone monuments in Scotland. The Cairns have largely been reconstructed, but they are still a great place to visit. The bonus is that you can...
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Return to Braemore

August 16, 2017  •  1 Comment
As I drove down the hill, Maiden’s Pap with Morvern nestling behind it came into view. It was beautiful to see these pointy hills with crepuscular rays shooting through the gaps in the clouds - It had been fourteen months since I was last here and it looked more wonderful than the first time I had visited. I reached the parking spot at Braemore...
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Torwood Castle

August 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
According to the Clan Forrester web page, Torwood castle was built in 1566 by Sir Alexander Forrester. The lands of the "Royal Forest of Tor Wood" were bestowed upon the Forrester family in 1450 and as such, the castle would have formed the seat of Clan Forrester. I walk here often and the history of this secluded spot is fascinating, where there...
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Final Vacation

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My mother-in-law, Ericka, passed away around 8 am on the 19th July 2016, she was 68. It has always been a firm tradition of my wife's family to go away for an annual holiday together. On those holidays, we have visited many destinations in the UK and Ericka always looked forward to her week's vacation with a passion that was unmatched by the rest...
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The Falkirk Canal Tunnel

July 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Completed in 1822, the 630 metre (690 yards) Falkirk Canal Tunnel was a marvel of its time. The tunnel forms part of the Union Canal that was built to link Edinburgh and Glasgow via the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. The tunnel was not originally intended but it is a consequence of the local landowners, the Forbes family, who lived in the statel...
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Behind the Picture: The Empty Field

June 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The reason I like taking pictures is for the memories they contain. When I look at a photo that I've taken, all recollection of that moment comes flooding back. Below is another of these images that bring particular memories - This photo is called "The Empty Field". This image was taken beside a field near Torwood in 2014. I had walked past here e...
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Post-Industrial Chicken (a short story)

June 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My Grandfather told me a lot about the way things used to be when there was plenty. I remember him telling me about planes trains and automobiles, those marvellous machines of which just remnants still remain. He told me that they had drinking water whenever they wanted and light was available simply by pressing a button. What I most remember abou...
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Racing the Night

June 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
We have had a great spring but I have not been out and about much due to work and social commitments, with my backlog of writing and pictures also having to take a back seat. My only escape has been evening trips up the Ochil Hills with my long suffering wife Karen and her friend, Sarah. With me as their guide, the ladies have covered a few of the...
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All Alone on Rannoch Moor

May 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Rannoch Moor is 50 square miles of peat bog and it was a great feeling to be standing on it surveying the expanse. I took the above picture in April 2016 from Meall a' Ghortain which is the hill behind Gorton Mountain Bothy. I stood for quite some time here in the chilly spring breeze and marveled at the fact that despite there being a road and a r...
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Two Nights in the Cairngorms

April 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
In September 2015, Bob and I set out for a long weekend in the Cairngorms. We parked at Linn of Dee and headed off towards White Bridge and then headed up to Carn Cloich Mhullin. It was a good walk and climb to Carn Cloch Mhullin after which we quickly made the higher top of Bheinn Bhrotain. This top is marked by a decent boulder field, over w...
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Schiehallion

April 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I went for a quick walk up Schiehallion on Saturday afternoon, as it was a lovely day. I parked up around 3pm, having left it late, so that I was able to park despite the car park overflowing onto the road. On the way up Schiehallion I was met with a procession of people coming back down - it is a very popular hill! Schiehallion is notable for bei...
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Dunmore House

March 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Dunmore House is a partially collapsed ruin located on the Dunmore estate near Airth, Falkirk. We have many striking and significant ruins such as this in Scotland and this particular building could be considered a remnant of empire, where the landed gentry of the time could afford to build and maintain these large expensive houses, funded from the...
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Whistle-stop Skye

March 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have recently returned from a weekend on the Isle of Skye where we (my wife Karen and my Brother-in-law David) only had one full day to explore. We arrived at the Dunollie hotel in Broadford on the Friday afternoon and then hit the hotel bar for a few drinks, before retiring to bed for an early start to get around the sights. After breakfast we...
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A walk past the Kelpies

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Living in Falkirk, I take my dog Digger for his “usual” walk through Langlees and Abbotshaugh Community woodland, to the Kelpies and back along the canal to Bankside. The circular walk I take with Digger is about 6km and it follows the River Carron, which is pretty much tidal; it is pretty eventful for me (I'm easily pleased). After passing throug...
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The Frogs are Awake!

February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I happened to come across two frogs on the footpath at Plean Country Park, when out walking with Digger. I had noticed, when I was younger and paid attention, that the frogs head to their breeding pond mid-February and it always makes me wonder how they manage it in the cold! But manage they do and thankfully the common frog is still common in thes...
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