Category Archives: Scotland

Grabbing my chance

When I went to Ramblers’ Scottish Council in Dunblane, I grabbed every opportunity to explore the vicinity. Continue reading

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How Trump trashes the environment

Trump showed extreme contempt for the environment when he built his £1-billion golf development on the protected sand dunes of Aberdeenshire. Continue reading

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Janette of the wild seas

‘Janette Kerr is a foul-weather painter’ says her entry on the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) website.  Brian Fallon, critic of the Irish Times, called her ‘the best painter of the sea in these islands’.  She is president of the … Continue reading

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Toboggan or not toboggan

It’s sad that tobogganing has been banned in parts of the United States and Canada because it is claimed to be dangerous. In Scotland, the Outdoor Access Code, introduced as part of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, includes the right to … Continue reading

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My bird year 2014

It’s been a good year, thanks in particular to a May trip to Iona and Mull on the west coast of Scotland.  In 2014 I saw 125 species, and heard (but did not see) nightjars and a garden warbler. At the … Continue reading

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Iona’s memorial mystery

The war memorial on the island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland stands by the eastern shore near the ferry.  At a passing glance it looks quite ordinary, but in fact it contains a surprise. There are two … Continue reading

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The new Vikings?

The attractive town of Tobermory, on the north-east coast of Mull, is busy during tourist times but not unpleasantly so.   Not, that is, until a luxury cruiser moors off its shore and ferries its passengers across to the town.  We were … Continue reading

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