r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: August 2019

Beauly Priory

Beauly Priory is one of three priories founded in Scotland in about 1230 for monks of the Valliscaulian order. The Valliscaulians came from Val-des-Choux (‘Valley of the Cabbages’) near Dijon in France, and adhered to strict ideals of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Beauly, meaning ‘beautiful place’, must have seemed to the monks a wonderful location in which to devote themselves to worship. Only the abbey church still stands today, housing some fine funerary monuments. - Historic Environment Scotland

Is Britain REALLY democratic?

"The fact that the Scottish Parliament is a temporary institution, is actually quite a fact that's not known by many people, it could be abolished by Westminster tomorrow. They can legislate on anything to do with Scottish Parliament at anytime." - Willie Rennie

Scotland voted to remain in the EU

Petition: Do not prorogue the UK Parliament  (over one million signers)

Dear Mr Trump, we can sell you England for $10. Lots of love, from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. - Mark McDougall

MacDonald - Lord of the Isles

BBC One Highland Clans: Episode 2 - MacDonald parts two and three
(2007) Series in which Paul Murton uncovers the history of Scotland's most famous clans. For almost 400 years the MacDonalds dominated the Highlands and Islands of Scotland but at the end of the 15th century this mighty clan was ripped apart by a bitter family feud. The struggle between father and son had disastrous consequences from which the MacDonalds never recovered.

The Black Cuillin

A fabulous day on The Cuillin Ridge in Skye. I got up early and headed up The Great Stone Chute to Sgurr Alasdair before heading across Collies Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. The Black Cuillin on The Isle of Skye are hard to beat on day like this - a superb outing.... - Scotland's Mountains

Home on the Sea

'Three years ago Caledonian MacBrayne teamed up with Skipinnish, one of Scotland’s leading traditional music bands, to write a song that summed up the ferry company’s relationship with the communities of Scotland’s west coast...'  from Skipinnish and Caledonian MacBrayne riding an emotional wave

The Wild in Me: Jon Snow, journalist

Journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow talks about his lifelong love for trees and how they can help in the fight against climate change.  - John Muir Trust

Royal Dornoch, not Coul

Golf was first played on the Dornoch links over 400 years ago and has been an integral part of the life and economy of the town ever since. A visit to the Golf Club, whether to play or just enjoy the food and stunning views, is a unique experience that combines high quality produce and service with a relaxed and friendly environment. - Royal Dornoch
Nearby lies Coul Links, one of the last undeveloped dune systems of its kind in Scotland. A place so important for wildlife that it's protected at national*, European and international levels. But this may not be enough to save it from development as yet another luxury golf course.
Last year 13,000 people campaigned for the Scottish Government to 'call-in' the planning decision because of the harm it will cause to nature. The Scottish Government have now scrutinised the planning application through a Public Inquiry and Scottish Ministers could make their final decision at any time. - the RSPB

the Sound of Canna

Multi-million pound corporation Mowi [formerly Marine Harvest] wants to build the largest fish farm in the UK off the coast of Canna, an island in the Hebrides.
The Sound of Canna is one of the most environmentally protected areas in the UK. If the fish farm is built, Scottish National Heritage says it will have significant impacts on the environment, polluting the sea, and threatening birds and marine animals like puffins, porpoises, and seals.
Scotland’s wild salmon populations are the lowest they’ve ever been, and building a new fish farm could put more wild salmon at risk of contracting deadly diseases from farmed salmon.
Please sign the petition now, and tell the Highland Council to protect the Sound of Canna, and reject Mowi’s proposal to build the UK’s biggest fish farm. - 38 Degrees
Please sign the petition now, and tell Marine Scotland to conduct immediate, unannounced on-the-spot inspections of all Scottish salmon farms to assess fish welfare - SumOfUs and Scottish Salmon Watch

Hüm (noun)

(For Bo)

Twilight, gloaming;
to walk blind
against the wind;

to be abject; lick snot
and rain from the top lip
like a sick calf.

To be blinded by rain
from the north.

To be blinded
by westerly rain.

To walk uphill
into a tarry peatcut
and bluster a deal
with the Trowes.

To cross the bull's field
in the dark.

To pass in the dark
a gate of hollow bars
inside which the wind is broaling.

To pass in the dark
a byre like a rotten walnut.

To not know the gate
till you run up against it.

Jen Hadfield, from Nigh-No-Place

broal: cry of a cow or other animal; to cry as in pain
hüm: twilight; gloaming
trow: a mischievous fairy

Campervan Hiking Base Camp

I was asked to do a vlog on my thoughts on my campervan experience from the last four vlogs [see below] , so here it is. A quick rundown of what I liked (aka loved;)) and the few issues I had with the camper van. NOT an in depth review just my inital thoughts and experience with this over a week in the T5 VW Camper..... - Scotland's Mountains

24 hours Later... Campervan Adventures Day 1
RESIPOLE - Campervan Adventures Day 2
Ancient Woodland and The Highest Peak - Campervan Adventures Day 3
A Bit of Hoo Ha - Campervan Adventure Day 4

An ascent of Bla Bheinn

A few years ago I climbed Blaven on Skye with Alastair MacPherson of the John Muir Trust. It was a day of great chat, great views and golden eagles. (part of a BBC programme called The Sky Trail)  - Cameron McNeish

The Inglorious 12th

League Against Cruel Sports
There is a wonderful opportunity for Scotland to have an ecologically, economically and culturally diverse rural community. Driven grouse shooting has died out entirely in Wales and is almost extinct in Northern Ireland, but its management has intensified in Scotland further reducing wildlife value, the environmental problems associated with muirburn and marginalising other, quite possibly better economic activities, such as true ecotourism and forestry to produce wood fuel for local people - absence of mains gas means high fuel costs for many in rural areas. The future should not be jeopardised by basing policy and attitudes upon complacency, wishful thinking and the claims of a vested industry, driven grouse shooting is not a cultural asset, but an unhealthy obsession when it suppresses both wildlife and rural economies. - from Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to sponsor a comprehensive and independent study into the full economic impacts of driven grouse shooting
Nowhere else in the Highlands have I seen such devastation and destruction. And all in the name of grouse shooting and deer stalking, all so that a few wealthy people can spend a few weeks a year killing birds and animals for fun without having to make any effort or suffer any discomfort. - from Chris Townsend Outdoors

'a sad, damaged landscape'

The Case for Reforming Scotland's Driven Grouse Moors

Stac Pollidah Sunrise

Took my son for a walk up Stac Pollidah for sunrise, an early start but well worth it.  - Steven Gourlay

And Sheep Will Eat Men

“A day will come where men will eat sheep and sheep will eat men.’’ These are some of his most profound words predicting the Highland Clearances, where thousands were cleared from their crofts in often barbaric ways to make way for the more profitable species of sheep.
'The Seer' is a musical work commissioned by Fèis Rois, performed for the first time at Celtic Connections in Jan 2017.  
The music depicts the life and prophecies of Coinneach Odhar, the Brahan Seer, a 17th Century prophet who spent much of his life in Easter Ross.
The Seer was recorded in The Stables, Cromarty in April 2017.
Lauren MacColl - fiddle
Mairearad Green - accordion, border pipes
Megan Henderson - fiddle, piano, backing vocals
James Mackintosh – drum kit, percussion
Anna Massie - guitar, mandolin
Rachel Newton - vocals, harp, viola

Women of the World

Karine Polwart

Women of the World take over
Because if you don´t the world will come to an end
And we haven´t got long

Ivor Cutler, as originally written here

Don't Want To Know

Karine Polwart

And I don’t want to know about evil
Only want to know about love
I don’t want to know about evil
Only want to know about love.

Sometimes it gets so hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the cold is glistening
Making sure it keeps me down to size.

And I don’t want to know about evil
Only want to know about love
I don’t want to know one thing about evil
Only want to know about love.

I’m waiting for the planes to tumble
Waiting for the towns to fall
I’m waiting for the cities to crumble
Waiting till I see you crawl.

Yes it’s getting hard to listen
Hard for us to use our eyes
Cause all around that gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps us hypnotized.

And I don’t want to know about evil
I only want to know about love
I don’t want to know about evil
Only want to know about love.

I don’t want to know anything about evil
Only want to know about love
I don’t want to know about evil
Only want to know about love.

John Martyn

A message from Dunblane to Florida school shooting survivors

Families of the 16 children and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre  on 13 March 1996 sent a message to survivors of the 14 Feb 2018 Parkland school shooting in Florida, who were planning a protest to push for US gun law reform. The Dunblane shooting led the UK to bring in some of the strictest firearms legislation in the world, outlawing private ownership of most handguns. Almost overnight, 200,000 gun owners had their weapons banned, a law which was enforced with heavy fines and up to 10 years in prison.

what are you waiting for?
it doesn't have to be this way

Achmelvich Beach

and the piece it inspired Achmelvich Shores

St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is one of Orkney's most popular attractions, and a tour of the upper levels of the building is a must for any visitor to the islands. Read our blog for more on this fascinating building.

Out of the Box

Three Scottish reels: 'Jenny Dang the Weaver' and 'The Periwig' (both Traditional) and 'Islay Ranter's' by Charlie McKerron. - Fiona Driver

My Experience with Lyme Disease

Found out last week that I had Lyme disease after initially being diagnosed with muscle and nerve damage in my lower back. Hoping we have caught it early enough and now on a course of antibiotics. This is not a "how to" video but just MY experience and what symptoms I had. Hoping by sharing this that it may be useful to other people. Hoping and wanting a full recovery post antibiotic treatment. - Scotland's Mountains