Whales, dolphins, dragon flies, an adder - all in a weekend of wanders near Kinlochewe and Gairloch - not to mention stunning views of Loch Maree, a morning visit to the Victoria Falls and Sunday afternoon views into the heart of the Letterewe and Fisherfield wilderness.
Christmas Eve on a cold and windy Beinn Enaiglair – A Corbett near Ullapool
Christmas Eve on a cold and windy Beinn Enaiglair - A Corbett near Ullapool - with spectacular winter mountain photos, route description and interactive map.
Exploring Ronas Hill, the Lang Ayre and Turls Head – North Roe, Shetland
An excellent day exploring Shetland's highest hill - Ronas Hill - and the remote Lang Ayre coastline on its west side. A wild, rugged and spectacularly scenic coastline that is off the beaten track.
Shetland – Highlights of a Summer Visit
The highlights of a summer trip to the wonderful Shetland Islands - islands that far exceeded my expectations and to which I very much look forward to returning. Check out my photos from puffins at Sumburgh Head in the south to Herma Ness in the north, cosmopolitan Lerwick, Bressay and Noss boat trips, and many beautiful places in between with spectacular coastal scenery guaranteed.
Which Maps to Use in the Scottish Outdoors?
Which map should be used on Ben Nevis and on other Scottish mountains? In the light of recent news regarding Google Maps and routes on Ben Nevis this article provides guidance and opinion on the best maps to use.
A Bivvy Above Barrisdale – Sgurr a’ Choire-bheithe and Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden)
An account and photos from an early June bivvy above Barrisdale in Knoydart, on the summit of the Corbett Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe, and a traverse of the wonderful, remote and charismatic Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden).
Partial Eclipse 10th June 2021 – A Glimpse & Crazy Time for a Baby Deer
The partial eclipse of 10th June 2021 - a brief glimpse from Caithness in the north of Scotland through a tiny break in the clouds, while the night before a baby roe deer has crazy fun time in the field.
Bucholly Castle is a fascinating ruin set in a stunning, remote location on the east coast of Caithness south of John o' Groats. It is perched above the North Sea on a rocky peninsula joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land with steep drops to the geos on either side.
A Long Walk Above Glen Affric
A long walk on a short November day high above Glen Affric and Loch Mullardoch including the five Munros of Toll Creagach, Tom a'Choinich, Carn Eige, Beinn Fhionnlaidh and Mam Sodhail; a day of walking above the clouds and dramatic views lit by low angled autumn sunlight. See the photographs and route here.
Saturday Afternoon – Choppy Pentland Firth
Waves crashing on to the rocks on a grey Saturday afternoon in Caithness, just a fleeting hint of brightness from the west and a choppy Pentland Firth with Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the British Mainland, in the distance.
Snow in May – Cairngorm 2012
Cold snaps aren't unusual in May in the Scottish mountains and we are in the grip of one just now; we are also in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, so access to the hills is off limits. Here I remember a ski tour in stunning snow and weather conditions in the Cairngorms in May 2012 when we were able to get out and about.
Glen Etive – A February Day of Wild Showers
Photos from beautiful Glen Etive on a wild February day of vicious hail showers and spindrift interspersed with bright winter sunshine and atmospheric views. Photos from upper Glen Etive, the slopes of the Corbett, Beinn Maol Chaluim, and a time lapse sequence at the head of Loch Etive.
Cairngorm Snow and Sun – February 2010 (10 Years Ago!)
Where does time go? Photos from Cairngorm 10 years ago, 12th February 2010, on a day with an inversion, stunning snow and blue skies on the mountain tops.
An Teallach – A Winter Solstice Round of Toll an Lochain
Photos, route and an account of a winter solstice round of Toll an Lochain, An Teallach in Wester Ross. An Teallach is one of the finest mountains in the British Isles and the round of Toll an Lochain takes in the spectacularly jagged skyline of Corrag Bhuidhe, Lord Berkeley’s Seat and Sgurr Fiona and the mountains highest peak, Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill.
Beinn Uidhe and Glas Bheinn, Assynt – A December Afternoon Jaunt
An account of a December afternoon in beautiful Assynt, Scotland, and the ascent of two fine peaks, Beinn Uidhe and Glas Bheinn. See photos of the route and surrounding mountains, including spectacular sunset views of unique Suilven and Stac Pollaidh and the Assynt giants of Ben More Assynt and Conival.
Welcome Home to Caithness
After two weeks away Caithness welcomed us home with a beautiful dawn, sunrise and complementary rainbow. Happy 2020 from Caithness, Scotland.
Sunset from Dwarwick Head & Peedie Beach
Sunset photos on a serene November afternoon from Dwarwick Head and Peedie Beach near Dunnet, Caithness, Scotland.
Ceannabeinne Durness – Grey November Day but Still Beautiful
Ceannabeinne beach near Durness, a special place even on a grey November day. Photos from Beinn Ceannabeinne and Ceannabeinne beach in late afternoon light with a cheeky “Smoo Cave at dusk” photo for good measure!
Invermoriston Falls, Bridges & Autumn Colours
Photos from Invermoriston on the west side of Loch Ness in autumn colours. The spectacular Invermoriston Falls, charismatic old bridges and summer house surrounded by the woods in beautiful autumn adornment.
Cairngorm October Snow and Sunset
An October walk in the Cairngorm mountains, fresh autumn snow on the peaks and spectacular waterfalls; over the Cairngorm plateau and along the shores of Loch Avon, returning via the summit of Cairngorm for sunset. See the route and photos and read about it here.