Category Archives: Scotland

The Skaters

It is the Winter Olympics in Sochi so a good moment to highlight two skating portraits. The first and above is Henry Raeburn‘s The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, better known by its shorter title The Skating Minister. This is … Continue reading

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National Tree of Scotland

When in England there is nothing quite like walking through a Beech wood – the sounds, the scent, the soft bed underfoot. In Scotland the equivalent experience would be to walk through a Scots Pine wood. Scots Pine is the … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags

A hill that I have climbed several times but yet to write about is Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Here it is to the  left background of this excellent photograph by Michael Stirling-Aird taken from above Inverlieth Ponds which are close to my … Continue reading

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Beinn Damph

I was wondering what hill to write about next and this is one that has been staring me in the face for over a decade. It is right opposite my home on Loch Torridon. The view above is taken from … Continue reading

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Slioch and Treeless Forests

Majestic is the word. One of the classic vistas of the Highlands of Scotland is looking South East down Loch Maree towards Slioch. A view fit for a Queen. Indeed Queen Victoria famously visited the loch in 1877. Her great … Continue reading

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Maol Chean Dearg “Old Bald Red Head”

Maol Chean Dearg lies between Upper Loch Torridon and Loch Carron. I climbed this 3,060 ft peak in August 2006 on the wettest day that I have climbed a Munro. I could hardly see a thing on the mountain as … Continue reading

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This is the most famous of the Torridon hills. If I have a favorite Munro out of those I’ve climbed then this would be it. It is a truly spectacular mountain and affords wonderful images not least when driving along … Continue reading

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