Highland way: a walk on Scotland’s Ardnish peninsula

This rugged, now uninhabited landscape of remote lochs and ancient woodland has an austere beauty and reminders of Bonnie Prince Charlie, crofters and Vikings

Five of Scotland’s best bothies

A stay in a historic building with amazing views and convivial company sounds enticing – and even better when it comes free of charge. The author of the new Bothy Bible shares his favourite

An ‘Arctic’ safari in the Scottish Highlands

Winter in the Cairngorms national park can turn positively Arctic – perfect for Kari Herbert to give her young daughter a taste of the polar conditions, and creatures, she enjoyed as a child in Greenland

Tain in Scotland

Excerpt from the book Scottish Highlands, Caribbean Islands, and more Next it was back down the A9 to Tain, bypassing the Glenmorangie distillery, which I would have visited if the weather hadn’t been so warm and sunny. Tain was made a royal burgh in 1066 making it the oldest in Scotland. This was largely becauseContinue reading “Tain in Scotland”

Inverness to Ullapool via Plockton, Scotland

Excerpt from the book Scottish Highlands, Caribbean Islands, and more Driving down the western side of Loch Ness I was vaguely aware of a large body of water through the trees on the left-hand side of the road. At Drumnadrochit I became acutely aware of a thriving industry based on the Nessie legend. I decidedContinue reading “Inverness to Ullapool via Plockton, Scotland”

Assynt, Scotland

Excerpt from the book Scottish Highlands, Caribbean Islands, and more I was heading to the region called Assynt, a word derived from the Norse for rocky ridge seen from afar. Driving out of Ullapool on the A835 I soon arrived at Ardmair Bay and immediately pulled on to the side of the road to takeContinue reading “Assynt, Scotland”

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

Dunrobin Castle was modelled on a Loire chateau by the architect Charles Barry. This castle is the seat of the Sutherland family who once used to ‘own’ 1.3 million acres of land in the area although I was unable to ascertain how much of this land came at the expense of evicted crofters. The gardensContinue reading “Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland”

Culloden Battlefield

I understand that battlefields are not everyone’s idea of a day out, but if you are ever close to Inverness please visit the Culloden battlefield. On April 16th 1746 the Highland army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army in just under an hour of vicious fighting. The threeContinue reading “Culloden Battlefield”