Tag Archives : highlands


Under the hills of Torridon

There aren’t many more stunning parts of the country than Torridon in Wester Ross on the coast of the Northwest Highlands. The steeply enclosed Glen Torridon, with its mountain river tumbling down from the Coulin Estate, and its mirror lochans like Lochan an Iasgair. Opening out to the sea loch, Loch Torridon, dotted with tiny […]

The standing stones of Machrie Moor

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. The track winds through the sheep fields and scrubland, and past a small and slightly mediocre fenced-off stone […]

The Crinan Canal

Not your usual inland navigation: the 14km canal from sea to sea — Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp in the east and Crinan on the Sound of Jura in the west, cutting across the top of the long and narrow Kintyre-Knapdale peninsula — built in 1794 for commercial sea going sailing vessels. Later replaced by steamboats, […]

A82

The A82 between Tyndrum and North Ballachulish in the West Highlands is a remarkable road. Astonishing not just for the breathtaking moorland and mountain landscape that it floats across and weaves through. And the extraordinarily difficult remote and hostile conditions in which it was constructed, across deep peat bogs, around peaks and lochans and over […]

Courthill House

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. Chimneys poke their stacks out above the wall […]

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. On the road to Ettrick Bay you pass St Colmac’s church and graveyard. Built in 1836 for the second Marquess of Bute, of the nearby Kames Castle. The award of listed building status in 1971 […]

The Moine House 1

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 the Hebrides and far north west, forming […]

Helmsdale Harbour

In the winter, while I neglected to post on the blog, I spent some time out of the way to concentrate on work. Helmsdale in Sutherland was about as out of the way as I could find. It’s on the east coast in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, on the railway half way […]