The Dava Way in a Day

Earlier this year some friends and I decided to challenge ourselves by walking the Dava Way in one day! The Dava Way stretches 24 miles from Grantown-on-Spey near the mountainous Cairngorms to the former royal borough of Forres in Moray.  The trail follows a disused Highland Railway Line through changing landscapes of woodland to desolateContinue reading “The Dava Way in a Day”

The Wonderful World of Crawick Multiverse

The site of Crawick Multiverse was once a sprawling open cast coalmine. Thanks to the imagination of Charles Jencks and the generosity of the landowner the barren site was transformed into a work of art. The imprint of the mine provided an interesting space for the artist to work with. However, the reformation of theContinue reading “The Wonderful World of Crawick Multiverse”

Dunlichity Graveyard and the Marks of the Jacobite

About 20 minutes outside of Inverness lies Dunlichity graveyard and church. This relatively unknown graveyard is steeped in Scottish history. Dunlichity still bears the scars of hundreds of years of war and conflict. The walls are marked by the Jacobite’s swords, and the graves are peppered with 19th century bullet holes. It truly is aContinue reading “Dunlichity Graveyard and the Marks of the Jacobite”

The Darker Side of the Isle of Skye

Skye is famous for its breath-taking scenery, green tinged pools and spectacular mountain range.  Every year thousands of tourists flock to marvel in its magic and beauty. However, there is a darker side to Skye that many remain unaware of.  A bloodthirsty history that once turned the rivers and land blood red. The Cauldron ofContinue reading “The Darker Side of the Isle of Skye”

Exploring Old and New Slains Castle

Slains castle is an impressive ruin built on the precipice of Cruden Bay’s dramatic cliff edge.  The ruin itself is a maze of corridors, rooms, halls and towers.  A spectacular imprint of the grand castle that once was. Slains castle (Or new Slains castle) has been reconstructed many times since its construction in 1597 byContinue reading “Exploring Old and New Slains Castle”

The Tragic Demise of Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool

Lying at the base of dramatic sea cliffs, just outside the coastal village of Banff, lies the abandoned Tarlair swimming complex. Once a hub of activity for the local community and tourists alike the pool now sits crumbling and neglected. A mere remnant of its former glory.   Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool was a community stapleContinue reading “The Tragic Demise of Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool”

The Pirate’s Graveyard and Ancient Crypt

The ‘Pirate’s Graveyard’ is an ancient and fascinating graveyard sitting on a hill in the quaint village of Cromarty. The locals gave the graveyard this nickname due to the skull and cross bone decorations.  Its real name is St Regulus’ Graveyard. History of The Pirate’s Graveyard The Pirate’s Graveyard has a variety of seventeenth- andContinue reading “The Pirate’s Graveyard and Ancient Crypt”

Yester Castle and the Haunting of Goblin Ha’

Yester Castle and Goblin Ha’ is a 12th century castle ruin and dungeon near the small village of Gifford in East Lothian.  The castle was built on the orders of Sir Hugo De Gifford. Sit Hugo was nicknamed ‘The wizard of Yester’ due to the mysterious rituals he carried out in dungeons below the castle.  DueContinue reading “Yester Castle and the Haunting of Goblin Ha’”

Sculptors Cave and the Beautiful Moray Coast

Sculptors Cave is one of many sea caves situated at the foot of steep cliffs on the south shore of the Moray Firth. What distinguishes Sculptors Cave from all the others is its long and fascinating history. Factor in that it is only accessible during low tide and its allure becomes too difficult to ignore.

The Search for Dun Bonnets Cave (Outlander)

Bonaid Odhair Cave is more popularly known as Dun Bonnets Cave. This hidden highland cave is where James Fraser 9th of Foyers (Chief of the Fraser Clan) hid for seven years after the Battle of Culloden in 1745.  The cave is notoriously difficult to find but armed with all the information we could gather weContinue reading “The Search for Dun Bonnets Cave (Outlander)”