Argaty Photograph Album

Strirling Council Archives have kindly made open to all,  photographs from Argaty estate, that were taken in the 1920s: After a fire in April 2011, Argaty House was left as … Continue reading Argaty Photograph Album

a circle with teeth

I recently went to collect the disused circular saw blade from the abandoned and derelict Lanrick saw mill. My understanding is that the whole site of Upper Lanrick is soon … Continue reading a circle with teeth

Death of Perth Sawmaker

At Upper Lanrick farm there was a busy sawmill, but neither the farm ‘toun’ nor the sawmill have been active for at least a generation. Abandoned, their days are now … Continue reading Death of Perth Sawmaker

‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

On Friday 24th January 2020 I revisited the deserted farm of Upper Lanrick with my friend Ian. Whilst there we met a local farmer who told us that Upper Lanrick … Continue reading ‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

The Stone Tree of Lanrick

On Friday, 24th January 2020 I revisited the Stone Tree of Lanrick. My friend Ian was with me this time. We then had lunch together at the Woodside Hotel, Doune. … Continue reading The Stone Tree of Lanrick

The Centre of Scotland

Last week’s episode of ‘Out of Doors’ had Euan MciLwraith investigating a listener suggestion that the centre of Scotland might be a folly near Doune. I have made two short films … Continue reading The Centre of Scotland

Snug as a bug in a rug

After reading me a bedtime story and putting me to bed my mum used to say, no doubt like her mother said to her when she was wee: “Sleep tight. … Continue reading Snug as a bug in a rug

‘a small wayside Inn’

The Woodside Hotel, Doune, has a special place in the history of both my mother’s family and my father’s family. Today it remains a special place for all our family. … Continue reading ‘a small wayside Inn’

A stone tree!

Some years ago, when I first visited this stone tree – the MacGregor monument – it took me a whole day to find! So very few know about it. Here … Continue reading A stone tree!

Yesterday I walked to the very centre of Scotland

A short home-made film about Gartincaber Tower which is now a collapsed ruin. Acknowledgement: One of the photographs of Gartincabe Tower is from the Stirling Smith collections is by Stirling … Continue reading Yesterday I walked to the very centre of Scotland