Free Will meets Zen on Jura: October’s Outdoor Sleep

Free Will meets Zen on Jura: October’s Outdoor Sleep

On the weekend straddling October and November I drove south to rendezvous with nine other men, two of whom were the captain and crew of a fast boat. We travelled to the Isle of Jura, where I pitched my tent outside a bothy and spent much of the weekend inside, eating steak and drinking beer. […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: April

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Camp, Southern Highlands and Argyll | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: April

Save some money by refilling your gas canisters….. The price of gas (butane / propane rather than petrol / gasoline) is a constant pre-occupation for the budget conscious camper.  I can’t bring myself to buy a nice lightweight 125 g canister when I could buy a 250 g canister for about a pound more. And then […]

At the loch side

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Run, Southern Highlands and Argyll | No Comments
At the loch side

The first heat of the morning sun swept a light frost from the path as I approached the shore of the bailiff’s loch, Loch a’Bhaillidh, from the shade of the surrounding forest. My thoughts were far away, in the mountains, imagining the same rays transforming neve to granular spring snow and the swish of skis. But now, at the […]

A Photo in the Hand is worth a thousand in the Hard Drive

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Southern Highlands and Argyll, Technology, USA | 2 Comments

I have recently rediscovered the joy of the printed photo; the excitement of returning home to find a pack of prints on the doormat. It’s just like the old days before digital photography, but with one important difference. Each image is a perfectly crafted work of art; carefully selected from among dozens of its peers; […]

Knoydart, Knapdale and the Northwest

Last week I indulged in an extremely risky activity – I allocated  a week’s precious annual leave to holiday in Scotland in October. The gamble paid off; my week coincided with something of an Indian summer. The photos accompanying this post give a flavour of the highlights…………….. The week kicked off with trip to Glen […]