Category Archives: Scotland

An Airport Built on Sand

Barra Airport is quite literally built on sand; the terminal building is in the dunes and the runway is the beach.  The little Twin Otter plane provides the air link to Glasgow and while it is somewhat more expensive than … Continue reading

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Barra and Vatersay

Barra and its smaller sister island, Vatersay, are the southernmost of the inhabited Outer Hebrides.  Further to the south, and visible from Barra’s highest hill, are the once inhabited islands of Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray but these have now been … Continue reading

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A Castle in the Bay

The weather on the journey had been less than promising but as we approached Barra on the ferry the island was silhouetted in the evening sun.  The boat took us in to Castlebay to the jetty just next to the … Continue reading

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Insects between the showers

A few showery and rainy days on Skye still gave way now and again to warm sunshine.  In these sunny intervals the insects emerged to feed on the flowers of heather, black knapweed, devil’s-bit scabious and angelica that surrounded our … Continue reading

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High on Skye

Even the lesser mountains on Skye look huge. Perhaps it’s the fact that they rise from sea level or perhaps it’s that they are craggy or covered in scree that gives them the sense of being high and impenetrable.  Beinn … Continue reading

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Dragon in the Woods

    Ariundle Oakwoods is a National Nature Reserve near Strontian.  Apart from the moss and lichen covered old oak trees this site is a valuable stronghold of a rare British butterfly.  The chequered skipper used to occur in England … Continue reading

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The Island of Rum

As part of our holiday in Scotland we had the chance to get a day out on Rum.  After ferries are taken into account a day works out at 4½ hours which is barely enough time to get your bearings … Continue reading

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