In April 2016 I was interviewed for the website 'Scottish Highlands and Islands', giving some tips regarding locations to visit, things to do and places to eat! ...more
Here you can find a list of books that I have read and enjoyed for the insights that they provide into the history (both human & natural) and culture of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. ...more
At one time Gaelic was spoken over most of the territory of modern-day Scotland and its influence may be seen in the names given to settlements and physical features throughout the country, particularly in those areas (the Highlands and the Hebrides) where the language has historically been strongest. A basic understanding of some typical Gaelic place-name elements can do much to enhance time spent in these areas. Here I have listed a number of on-line resources which may be of interest in this regard. ...more
Among hill-walkers and climbers there is a fairly keen appreciation of the correct names of Scotland’s mountain regions and the hills which lie within them. Having come to landscape photography from such a background, I have found that the names used to describe some of our most photographed places are often at odds with long-standing place-name tradition.
In this article I have highlighted a couple of examples of very well-photographed places where a lot of confusion seems to have arisen. I hope that this might encourage the practice of looking at the map and/or checking original sources rather than simply repeating place-names quoted by photographers who may not be all that familiar with the local geography. ...more