"It may also be remarked, that mountainous countries are often peculiarly calculated to nourish sentiments of national pride and independence, from the influence of history on the affections of the mind"

James Currie, 1800. 

"It may also be remarked, that mountainous countries are often peculiarly calculated to nourish sentiments of national pride and independence, from the influence of history on the affections of the mind"

James Currie, 1800. 

Landing on island = Up close and personal with the pilot. 

Land ahoy.

Land ahoy.

A Catholic Church on the edge of a wild maohi isle. Oh you ardent 19th century missionaries.

A Catholic Church on the edge of a wild maohi isle. Oh you ardent 19th century missionaries.

'The first experience can never be repeated. The first love, the first South Sea island, are memories apart, and touched a virginity of sense'. Robert Louis Stevenson, 1888. You got it right Rob.

'The first experience can never be repeated. The first love, the first South Sea island, are memories apart, and touched a virginity of sense'. Robert Louis Stevenson, 1888. You got it right Rob.




 







 



To mark the publication of the first volume of the new Oxford University Press Edition of The Works of Robert Burns – Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, edited by Professor Nigel Leask – there are now three maps available  of Robert Burns’s tours in the Highlands and Borders of Scotland.
The routes have been carefully researched and plotted by Nigel Leask as part of his work on the edition, and the eighteenth century maps have been produced in collaboration with the Map Collections division of the National Library of Scotland.
Towards the end of last year, I personally retraced the steps of Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour, as shown in the map. Read my blog posts about it here.

To mark the publication of the first volume of the new Oxford University Press Edition of The Works of Robert Burns – Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, edited by Professor Nigel Leask – there are now three maps available  of Robert Burns’s tours in the Highlands and Borders of Scotland.

The routes have been carefully researched and plotted by Nigel Leask as part of his work on the edition, and the eighteenth century maps have been produced in collaboration with the Map Collections division of the National Library of Scotland.

Towards the end of last year, I personally retraced the steps of Burns’s 1787 Highland Tour, as shown in the map. Read my blog posts about it here.

A CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY? 
My take on the Scottish Referendum for Post Magazine. Read it here. 

A CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY? 

My take on the Scottish Referendum for Post Magazine. Read it here

This guy scared me . But he’s just a big poser .

This guy scared me . But he’s just a big poser .

Wild western Scotland

Wild western Scotland

The Lighthouse Keeper, Ardnamurchan Point.

The Lighthouse Keeper, Ardnamurchan Point.