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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 […]

Cwmorthin

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. Most of the workings are underground, in the many miles of mine tunnels that climb and descend inside the mountain, some of them still open […]

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 […]