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Storr Lochs: the hidden funicular

Where’s the working railway on the Isle of Skye? The railway doesn’t go to the Isle of Skye, right? It ends at the pier at Kyle of Lochalsh, or else at the harbour at Mallaig, where boats take you over the sea to Skye. But there is a railway on Skye. It’s below the spectacular stacks […]

Eclipse over Edinburgh

On Friday 20 March at exactly 8:30am, the moon began to get itself in the way a bit… …of the view of the sun from Edinburgh. Some people sat on Arthur’s Seat and watched it. Using cameras and solar eclipse glasses and boxes with holes cut in them and kitchen colanders. As the city entered […]

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 […]

Crossing the Moorfoot Hills

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. It twists and turns and climbs northwards through these, the Moorfoot Hills, treading a path between Whitehope Law and Windlestraw […]

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 […]

On Calton Hill

When arriving in Edinburgh, whether by two wheels from over the Moorfoot Hills or up the towpath on the Union Canal, or especially by Lowland Sleeper arriving on time before breakfast is served, one can’t miss out a first five minute detour to greet the city from atop Calton Hill. To survey it all laid […]

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 […]

Denny Church Walk

I stumbled upon this riding down to Falkirk from Stirling in January. The great concrete 1960s Church Walk blocks in Denny, Falkirk, officially Scotland’s Most Dismal Town 2010. The townsfolk requested the honour, hoping that it would help to prod the council into action over their incongruous “carbuncle”. The first blocks had already been demolished […]