r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea

Hunting for Scottish Slabs

"You’re a lot more talented than you think you are." Ben [Gulliver] encourages Noah [Cohen] as we continue driving along the coast during one of our ritualistic morning surf checks. “Yeah, well, it’s not your bones bouncing off the reef,” Noah rebuttals, as Pete and I sit silently in the backseat staring out the window with the rugged headlands of Scotland drifting by and out of view. As a photographer, I have exactly the same mindset as our cinematographer, Ben; there’s no harm in paddling out to have a look. But as a surfer, the idea of paddling out with no guarantee of catching a wave is a mental struggle, not matter how dangerous it appears. It’s all or nothing for them. Ben and I know our boundaries, as Pete [Devries] and Noah know theirs. But our underlying responsibility is to encourage them to push the limits, to go beyond their comfort zone and to embrace the ever constant fear of the unknown. That being said, we can’t push them into something that could very realistically get them hurt. It’s their risk, but our reward. We had already heard stories from locals about a world famous charger who got airlifted out of the same zone, on what was rumored to be only a shoulder-high day…  -  Surfer

Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

Chasing Mountain Snow and Turning Back in Wild Weather!

When the first snows hit Scotland's Mountains I always get excited. This adventure is me chasing some of the first snow fall in the Scottish Highlands and making a decision to turn back when the weather was a bit wilder than expected! - Murray Wilkie of Scotland's Mountains

Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Prepare For Snow With Mountaineering Scotland
Scottish Mountain Rescue

Beauty Warriors

Our Body Beautiful Exhibition ended a successful run at National Museum of Scotland in 2019 and goes on tour in 2020, with a first stop to the Textile Museum, Borås, Sweden.

It displays examples from fashion creatives who are embracing inclusivity and body positivity, exploring themes such as size, gender, age, race and disability. Learn how the industry is calling into question existing practice, and why becoming more inclusive behind the scenes will ensure a genuine reappraisal of contemporary ideals of beauty.

We were privileged to collaborate with inspiring diversity advocates and fashion influencers to make this exhibition possible. Hear what Sinéad Burke, Jamie Windust, Rob Jones, Mal Burkinshaw and Sequoia Barnes said had to say when they took part in our recent Body Beautiful Round Table. - National Museums Scotland
'Beauty WarriorsInverness artist tackles body image in photography project

Shetland Craft Fair

The Shetland Craft Fair is held every November over three days. It's a busy and popular event, with many local makers and creators showing their products. It's an event locals and visitors love to attend, where we look forward to discovering the diverse and interesting range our local art and craft community have been making over the year. - Promote Shetland

Run Tower Ridge

Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis is one of my favourite Scottish ridge runs. A few years ago I followed my friend and all round mountain goat Michael Tweedley up the ridge and filmed him with my drone.

This film first appeared on the Nevis Landscape Partnership [Vimeo] channel
and we hope it will encourage folk to put in a donation to support the maintenance and improvement of the mountain paths on the mountain and its surroundings. There are donation boxes on the paths themselves or you can donate online here. - Dave MacLeod


Out Skerries is a tiny and remote island east of the Shetland Islands, between Scotland and Norway. With a total population of 64 people, the island has two shops, a one mile long road, a church, a very small airport and no trees. The islanders struggle for the existence of their livelihood as they are forced to relocate themselves the mainland. 
Kensington's official music video for the single Ghosts, featured on album Vultures. - Juriaan Booij

Now at Peace

written last November on the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war - Steve Carter

That Old Atlantic Sky


In Memoriam

Private D. Sutherland
killed in action in the German trench, May 16, 1916,
and the others who died

So you were David’s father,

And he was your only son,

And the new-cut peats are rotting

And the work is left undone,

Because of an old man weeping,

Just an old man in pain,

For David, his son David,

That will not come again.

Oh, the letters he wrote you,

And I can see them still,

Not a word of the fighting,

But just the sheep on the hill

And how you should get the crops in

Ere the year get stormier,
And the Bosches have got his body,

And I was his officer.

You were only David’s father,

But I had fifty sons

When we went up in the evening

Under the arch of the guns,

And we came back at twilight – 

O God! I heard them call

To me for help and pity

That could not help at all.

Oh, never will I forget you,

My men that trusted me,

More my sons than your fathers’,
For they could only see

The little helpless babies 

And the young men in their pride.
They could not see you dying,

And hold you while you died.

Happy and young and gallant,

They saw their first-born go,

But not the strong limbs broken

And the beautiful men brought low,

The piteous writhing bodies,

The screamed ‘Don’t leave me, Sir’,

For they were only your fathers

But I was your officer.

E Alan Mackintosh

Remember the real reason WWI ended

Official remembrance by the state and politicians obscures this history of revolution and forgets the ordinary soldiers and workers who ended the war by turning on their own governments.

'the stab in the back'
'Objectors & Resisters'
'Peace tree' memorial

24 Hours of Peace

Lest We Forget - First World War: Refugees Then and Now

Did you know that thousands of Belgian refugees came to Scotland during the First World War from 1914 - 1918?
100 years on, a group of refugees and local Scots share what they’ve discovered about this hidden heritage and draw parallels with their own experiences of re-building their lives in Scotland today.  - Scottish Refugee Council

A Donation Day for refugee camps will be held in Portree later this month.
The event is organised by SleatFugees, who are looking for donations of winter clothing for adults and children, shoes, school stationary and craft items, blankets, new underwear, baby items, Moses baskets and prams, nappies, as well as tents and camping equipment.
They have asked that all items are clean and of the same quality found in a UK charity shop.
They told Skye Times Online: "We are also looking for help on the day - an hour or two or all day if you can.
"All aid will be packed, uplifted and will head to Refugee camps most likely in Greece."
Tea, coffee and baking will be available on the day.
The event will take place on Saturday 30 November at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh between 11am - 3pm. - The Skye Times

St Andrew's Fair Saturday

After Black Friday, thousands of artists and cultural organisations around the world get together in a unique festival and support social causes through their show. On 30 November 2019, Scotland is joining the celebration of Fair Saturday as part of the wider celebration St Andrew’s Day and everyone is invited to take part in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday.
St Andrew’s Fair Saturday is a Scottish Government initiative which is being delivered by the Fair Saturday Foundation.
Through a programme of events and activities right across the country, St Andrew’s Fair Saturday contributes to the global Fair Saturday movement and the celebration of St Andrew’s Day and is a key component of a co-ordinated drive to boost social inclusion, fairness and sharing inspired by Scotland’s National Day. - St Andrew's Fair Saturday


Tha Cathy NicDhòmhnaill a' leantainn ceumannan gaisgeach na nobhail Kidnapped.
Cathy MacDonald follows in the footsteps of the hero of the novel 'Kidnapped'.

Perfectly Flawed

a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of Susan Crawford's book, The Vintage Shetland Project, an exploration of 27 pieces from the Textile Archive of the Shetland Museum. The film documents the photo shoots for the book which took place on the beautiful remote island of Vaila, off the coast of Shetland. A location which became much more than just the backdrop for the photographs, but an inspiration for the whole project. The film shows the stunning locations, and a sneak peek at the incredible jumpers which will be inside the book, showing how the scenery and history of Shetland is reflected in the patterns, colours and designs in the knitwear. - Susan Crawford Vintage

60° North – The Shetland Islands

60° North – The Shetland Islands is the final film I made for my Master of Arts degree in Wildlife Documentary Production. I spent a month on the islands, documenting the wildlife’s daily routines and compressing some of the inhabitant’s key activities into a short, eleven minute film. - James A R Salisbury

Rosemarkie Man

RANT, from their new album The Portage

The name 'The Portage' comes from a composition of Bethany Reid's relating to her home village of Quarff in Shetland, which translates as 'the portage' in Old Norse.

Rosemarkie Man

When Day Is Done

Sorrow remembers us when day is done.
It sits in its old chair gently rocking
and singing tenderly in the evening.
It welcomes us home again after the day.
It is so old in its black silken dress,
its stick beside it carved with legends.
It tells its stories over and over again.
After a while we have to stop listening.

Iain Crichton Smith, from New Collected Poems