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
My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.
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
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
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
home where hearty fireplaces hold up walls that are not needed; where windows unseen invite the world in.
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’
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’
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”:
words from Hame graphic and poem by Peter. Magpie If only I could soar like an eagle to see the world as I cannot. I am a magpie in … Continue reading Pica, pica, pica
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