walking and writing

Trails and trials of the writer who walks

Cape Wrath Trail (attempt #1)

It’s Day Minus One, and thanks to my cheap advance rail ticket (Glasgow to Fort William £3.30) I now find myself in the total darkness of a Highland 11 pm at … Continue reading

October 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fabulous Phoebe in the Black Isle Brewery

If I were living in a remote Scottish peninsula (dream on) I would pickle organic eggs in my out-house and employ Phoebe to turn it into a thriving tourist industry.  The Scottish Highlands, as … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Northumberland Coastal Way

Sea, Sun and Solitude Despite this being the busiest two weeks of the summer season (I’m frequently told), the boot prints of someone preceding me on the Northumberland Coastal Way are as … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Alone in a Crowd … of midges

The Southern Upland Way – Sanquhar to Portpatrick For some reason, this well way-marked, scenic but not too challenging, trail fails to be popular. Fine by me. It’s an ideal … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Leap of Faith and Wobbly Landing

My Leap of Faith led me literally to a wobbly landing. The flat over the shop in Brampton Market Square has floors so uneven I feel sea-sick. My filing cabinet, … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

An Alien Ate My Elastic

A combination of bus pass and railcard gets me to the Southern Upland Way at Sanquhar, just north of Dumfries, for very little money but the January early dusk has beaten me … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Different Christmas Altogether

It’s almost two weeks now since I returned from my solo Christmas adventure at Borrowdale Youth Hostel, in the English Lake District. Sixty people: a quirky mixture of three-generational extended families, singles, friends and couples. … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments