walking and writing

Trails and trials of the writer who walks

The Fife Coastal Path – Episode 2

My first afternoon of walking skirts an area of affluence: houses with verandahs and balconies overlooking manicured parks and private sea views. I imagine they will be unamused if a … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Fife Coastal Path – episode 1

(Edinburgh has been a royal seat for Scottish kings since the 12th century. It is located on the east coast of Scotland, on the southern shore of a large estuary … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Mouse Ate My Hobnob

This week I’m in the  border lands between England and Scotland – on the Scottish side.  Until the early 17th century, the border was without definition and without sovereign law, each family clan looking … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Isaac’s Tea Trail

This week I am tracing a path through a landscape of Victorian history. In the very centre of the land mass known as Britain, is an area of outstanding natural … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula

  No prizes for guessing that deer are important to the economy of this area. Their turds are the size of wedding cakes and, in common with sheep, they would … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies to Inverie

According to my bothy inmates, the section from Sourlies to Inverie is “straightforward”. Perhaps they mean it in the sense that assembling a flat-pack lawnmower might be straightforward. Rising late, … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Cape Wrath Trail – Sourlies Bothy

Following the night on the lonely hillock, and more failed attempts to locate the path through the Forest of No Return, today is a blurred memory of fast-flowing water, deep … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment