Mapping an obsession

Dr Gavin Francis has called his latest book Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession. Gavin will be talking about this book at Toppings bookshop, a week today [15 October 2020] . … Continue reading Mapping an obsession

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

Glen Creran gardener

I recently came across this photograph of a Victorian gardener who worked in Glen Creran, Argyll. The photograph was annotated with the name of the gardener: Peter Rankin. To me … Continue reading Glen Creran gardener

B895

The dead-end B895 is driveable from the port of Stornoway but gasps its last at the head of Garry Beach. Here, “the unofficial road to nowhere meets the officially titled … Continue reading B895

the light always comes back

This island, which takes its name from one of the saints bearing the Irish name Finan, is situated about 200m from both the N and S banks of Loch Shiel. … Continue reading the light always comes back

‘House island’

Loch Eilt is a freshwater loch in the West Highlands of Scotland, and separates the traditional districts of Morar, to the north, and Moidart, to the south. Loch Eilt [loch … Continue reading ‘House island’

‘This ungetatable place’

I recently read ‘Barnhill: a Novel’ by Norman Bissell. It is a partly fictional account of George Orwell’s last few years and his time on Jura. At Barnhill croft on … Continue reading ‘This ungetatable place’

Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

Albyn’s Anthology

This film is about one of Scotland’s smallest islands: Eilean nam Faoileag, Loch Rannoch. This film is dedicated to the Royal Society of Edinburgh On this island is a Folly. … Continue reading Albyn’s Anthology