“…one never quite knows the mountain, nor oneself in relation to it.” “One walks among elementals, and elementals are not … Continue reading Up and Down Days, Part Eight: Commitment
Cold Mountain’s full of strange sights Men who go there end by being scared. Water glints and gleams in the … Continue reading Up and Down Days, Part Four: Cold Mountain
In June, 1960, a group of Moray House students from Edinburgh University went on a week’s field trip to Glenmore … Continue reading The Silence of the Birds
The night was cold but still as we left the Sugarbowl, crossing the rushing Allt Mor in darkness. Nothing stirred … Continue reading A Winter Camp in the Cairngorms
“Traditionally approached from either Speyside in the north or Deeside in the south, I would not have to think too … Continue reading Connecting with the Mountains – A Personal Journey
No no nooooo! Arms windmilling wildly, I pull my left foot out of the thick goopy bog and try to … Continue reading Adventures in Miniature
A few days ago the first snows of winter arrived on the mountains. There was a hard edged clarity of … Continue reading Today Was a Gift
Sometimes tiny details in the weather forecast are worth pursuing. Towards the end of last week the gloomy outlook was … Continue reading A Glorious Cairngorms Trip Above The Clouds
My elder son is now old enough that I can take him out on a boat and share one of … Continue reading Fishing Rods and Paintbrushes
The Cairngorms National Park is a wild swimmer’s paradise. Famous for having some of the cleanest rivers in Europe, as … Continue reading Swimming High in the Cairngorms
“Over the garden fence, behind the railway and the cherry trees, the Cairngorms are waiting. They should be more than a mere background to life.” Continue reading Come Further Up, Come Further In
If I source, cut, split and stack wood myself, I feel I’ve earned the right to be warm in winter. … Continue reading Woods, Wood and Woodwork.
Another magical tree of the Scottish Highlands, the elder has just come into bloom in Strathspey. Elder is represented by … Continue reading The Elder has Flowered!
Looping, Eddies & Pictish Words Writing about your creations and how they connect with nature inevitably throws up some unusual, specialist … Continue reading The Whirlpool
This is where it all began, the first collaboration between David and Hamish on Hamish’s latest album – The Woods. Continue reading ‘The Woods’ Video – A Collaboration between David and Hamish
Over the course of a year I collected footage from the Caledonian Forest of the Cairngorms National Park to compile into a short film. I wanted to show the unbelievable diverse beauty of Scotland’s ancient woodlands, in every season and type of weather. Continue reading Wood and Water: A Passion Project from the Caledonian Forest