A Trip to Assynt – a Study in Curves

A Trip to Assynt – a Study in Curves

One advantage of having moved to the north of Scotland is that I am much closer to the wilder areas of the country than I have ever been before.  One of these areas that I had never explored before is Assynt, an area of outstanding beauty on the west coast north of Ullapool and a […]

Cairngorm Leaf and Bean – Coffee Roasting in the Highlands

Cairngorm Leaf and Bean – Coffee Roasting in the Highlands

For the second of my occasional ‘People and Process’ series I visited Sharon Wooler and Andy Mallon of Cairngorm Leaf and Bean, who are based at The Dava School House near Grantown-on-Spey.  I wanted to see firstly how they have taken on the espresso based cafés with every kind of coffee style but espresso in their […]

Aunt Marie’s Kitchen – Tablet and Cakes!

Aunt Marie’s Kitchen – Tablet and Cakes!

Hazel Caldwell, and her husband Brian, of Aunt Marie’s Kitchen makes Scottish tablet and cakes – and I love both of those!!  I could not think of a better place to begin a new personal project documenting small craft based businesses in my new local area.  I call this project ‘People and Process’ and it […]

Guerilla Lighting – Competition Update!

Guerilla Lighting – Competition Update!

Back in October last year I took part in the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival Guerilla Lighting event at Kinloss Abbey (see this blog post) and as a part of that I entered a number of my images into the photography competition… well I have just found out that one of my photos has been selected as a […]

Old Pulteney Distillery – a Pure Maritime Malt Whisky

Old Pulteney Distillery – a Pure Maritime Malt Whisky

I do like a fine malt whisky!  In 2012 Old Pulteney 21 year old was awarded  “World Whisky of the Year” by the prestigious “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”  Scoring a record-equalling 97.5 points out of 100, it is only the third time that a single malt has ever won the prestigious award, and they were […]

Towheads on the Move

Towheads on the Move

Just before Christmas I took on what proved to be one of the biggest jobs I have ever done- photographing the moving of towheads (they go on each end of an oil pipeline in the north sea) from Invergordon to Wick, and all points in-between.  This is the story of that job. deugro are a […]

Orkney – Final Thoughts

Orkney – Final Thoughts

For the last of my reports from Orkney, I have just a few images to share from the amazing geology on the island and a couple of the stained glass windows in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.  The rocks vary so much over the islands there was always something else to see.  Can you spot the […]

Orkney – The Broch of Gurness

Orkney – The Broch of Gurness

On to the Broch of Gurness on Orkney, the third part of my brief visit to the islands.  Brochs are an Iron Age building that can look a little like a modern power station cooling tower.  Large, circular, tall and tapering they are all over the place on Orkney – although mostly as a ring […]

Orkney – Standing Stones

Orkney – Standing Stones

In the second of my posts about Orkney I am looking at just some of the amazing standing stones to be seen there.  There are many of these on the islands and I only saw a few of them in the time I had.  All the images below come from The Ring of Brodgar and […]

Orkney – A Personal Visit

Orkney – A Personal Visit

I had always wanted to go to the Orkney Isles and in October I finally got the chance to spend a few days there.  There is so much to say about the islands that I am going to write a few smaller blog posts now each focusing on something different. In this post, I want […]