Black Isle coastal walk: Kilmuir to Munlochy

Posted by on Nov 30, 2009 in East Highlands, Landscape | 4 Comments

On Saturday I began my quest to develop my understanding of the landscape by taking a stroll round the coast of the Black Isle from Kilmuir to Munlochy. This is a prime area for raised beaches, formed when the relative sea level was higher than it is at present. The walk also provided an opportunity to test […]

Running, Grouse, Windfarms and National Parks

Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Commentary, Landscape, Run | No Comments

Frequently updated blogs can easily become annoying, but Will Gadd’s is an exception. Reading his thoughts on training made me feel slightly lazy, so I decided to convert my guilty indolence into useful action. I enlisted Tam the dog to accompany me on my favourite hill run, taking in the rounded summit of Beinn Bhuidhe […]

The Quiraing:Trotternish, Isle of Skye

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009 in Islands, Landscape | One Comment

Wild places are in a perpetual state of flux, yet they appear constant when considered on the timescale of our short human lives. On the eastern flanks of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye lurks such a timeless place, the Quiraing. Its towers of kidney-textured volcanic rock enclose a collection of chasms and […]


Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Landscape, Nature | No Comments

The banner photo above was taken when descending from Ben Cruachan after a day’s winter climbing. For a few moments we stood transfixed as the alpenglow turned our world a deep, vivid pink. As the weak February sun sank lower the colour faded away as suddenly as it had appeared. Among the purple shadows and […]