Category Archives: TRAVEL WRITING

DISCOVERING KNOYDART: SCOTLAND’S LAST TRUE WILDERNESS

  Knoydart is a very special place. A peninsula on the west coast of Scotland accessed only by boat, it has all the feelings of a remote Scottish island. Staying in the village of Inverie, I went there recently to

ACCESSING THE PAST ON ORKNEY

I have been lucky enough to visit Orkney lately and I had a really interesting time. My trip was to carry out detailed research. Funded by the John Muir Trust Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant, I went to Orkney

MY VIKING STORY: THE ROMANTIC DANUBE FROM BUDAPEST TO NUREMBERG

On a break from my outdoor and adventure life, I have just had the pleasure of sailing the Danube on a luxury cruise. Returning home with my motivation to travel sky high, I decided to write about my trip. From

HILLWALKING, AND SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES I ENCOUNTER

  Background As you  may know by now, I am very attached to the Scottish Mountains and love walking in them. It does, of course bring its own set of challenges for me. UK Hillwalking magazine kindly agreed to publish

CALLANISH NEOLITHIC STONE CIRCLE AND ITS LASTING EFFECT ON ME: SEE MY GUEST POST ON WANDERLUSTERS BLOG

  My Disability Cycling Adventure through the Outer Hebrides was the highlight of my year in 2016.  Some places just motivate and inspire you, and  Callanish did that for me.  It really left a lasting impression. I have been lucky enough to

THE THREE BRETHREN: AN INSPIRATIONAL WALK IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

The Three Brethren If you are looking for motivation, this inspiring walk in the Scottish Borders might just be the thing. On a relatively low hill outside Selkirk, the Three Brethren stand tall against the skyline. Three 10 foot cairns

CALLANISH, A MUST FOR EVERYONE WHO VISITS LEWIS

Cycling over Harris from Tarbert to Callanish was just wonderful, the weather was fine, the road was quiet and with a cross-tail wind most of the way cycling was not too difficult.  Although the mountains of Harris were truly spectacular

Arrival on Harris and the Joy of the rain

By the time I stopped and it had dawned on me that I had probably gone too far and didn’t really know where I was, I was soaked to the skin and really starting to get cold. The rain had

Bad weather on Uist

We had a comfortable night in Mrs McPhee’s house and really good breakfast to start the day. That was the first time for many years I had stayed in a B&B and it’s a strange experience. I found it odd

The first day on my Cycling adventure Barra to South Uist

We had a comfortable enough sleep in the Dunard hostel that night although I was so shattered after the journey to get there I would have slept anywhere. The beds were a bit rickety and the mattress really soft so