Walking in the World

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Beachcombing on Iona

We arrived on the Holy Isle of Iona yesterday afternoon, and after a leisurely visit to the sacred sites, we headed to the beach for an evening of sea life and shell collecting. And on the way home we pitched…

28 Jun 2015

On the Move

Today was about travel as we made our way down Loch Ness on the mainland then out to the island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is a slightly complicated journey at the best of times, but that complication…

26 Jun 2015

Change

True confession: I have a favourite labyrinth. I absolutely love the Touchstone Maze in the forest above Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands. An arts project created in the 1990’s, it features standing stones imported from all over Scotland. Walking up…

25 Jun 2015

Resilience

This is the Italian Chapel on the tiny island of Lamb Holm, Orkney, is a modern miracle that stands as a testament to the human spirit. Built by Italian prisoners of war in the 1940’s, it is loved and honoured…

24 Jun 2015

Keeping Warm on Orkney

Monday’s Post: You’d never know it was summer up here on Orkney. Fortunately, the rain was chased away by today’s chilly winds, so we dressed in our winter layers and spent the day amongst the island’s ancient monuments. The bleak…

22 Jun 2015

Heading North

We left the Highlands behind this morning and sailed to Orkney. The Hamnavoe is a lovely ferry, but I fell in love with this Lego model displayed in one of the foyers. It has been too rainy to get out…

21 Jun 2015

Dailiness

The dailiness of life fascinates me,  and is,  perhaps,  the driving force behind my love of travel. How do people live on a day-to-day basis, what matters to them,  how do they make sense of the world? Travelling along the…

20 Jun 2015

Ageless Companionship

We have arrived at the great Stones of Callanish. This part of the journey always feels hushed to me; I feel quiet and small as I stand in the presence of the ancient stones. They are so solid that I…

19 Jun 2015

Island Hopping

We started our morning with a bracing boat ride across Castlebay to explore Kisimul Castle. Once inside it looks like this: We couldn’t stay long as we needed to catch our first ferry and begin our journey up the chain…

18 Jun 2015

The Castle in the Bay

We left  Kilmartin under heavy skies, making a farewell circle around the valley before driving off towards Oban. We detoured a few miles to cross a beautifully arched 18th century bridge that famously stretches across the Atlantic (or at least…

17 Jun 2015

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