Category Archives: scotland road trip

Solstice of the Moon: Pure magic

“!!!” The distinctive smell of tortured gears wafted into the car. It was not surprising. The lane we had chosen after the road closure, was not only so narrow we could not have passed an oncoming rabbit, it was also … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: Halfway to paradise…

The misty morning had turned into the most glorious autumn day as we left Glen Lyon and headed towards Loch Tay. We wanted to try and get a shot of the crannog that has been built on the lake at … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: Frustration…

Sir Walter Scott called it the “…longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland…”, but to me, our all-too-brief foray into the outer reaches of Glen Lyon were pure frustration. It has absolutely everything you could possibly imagine or want in … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: Fragments of history

Outside the porch of the kirk at Fortingall stands an ancient font. Local legend states that Coeddi himself may have used it to baptise some of the first Christians in the area when the monks of Iona founded a sister … Continue reading

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Glenlyon…  Stuart France

* Was calling… * * So we thought to ‘take a look’… * * Such was the beauty… Continue reading: Glenlyon… | Stuart France

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Solstice of the Moon: Stories unknown

We had driven to Fortingall to see the venerable yew, but it just happens to be in the grounds of a church, so it was inevitable that we would take a look around. We do seem to spend a lot … Continue reading

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Sentinels… Stuart France

* In this part of the world ‘erratics’, that is, ‘river-worn’ rocks are considered High Art… Their untramelled forms adorn every gate-post. * Source: Sentinels… | Stuart France

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Solstice of the Moon: Older than time…

Imagine standing  in the presence of a living being at whose feet Pontius Pilate played as a child. Local legend says that Pilate was born at Fortingall when his father visited the Roman Legions in the north. Imagine standing in … Continue reading

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Fortingall… Stuart France

* A berry long time ago… * * Before Worshippers… * * And Scholars… * * And Monarchs… * * And Warriors… Continue reading: Fortingall… | Stuart France

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Solstice of the Moon: Tales of the unexpected

Sadly, it was to be our last night in Scotland. We had found a place to stay just outside Pitlochry. The next morning we would begin the long drive to our next rendezvous… a meeting with a friend in Yorkshire. … Continue reading

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