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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After two weeks away Caithness welcomed us home with a beautiful dawn, sunrise and complementary rainbow. Happy 2020 from Caithness, Scotland.