Orkney Isles wild landscapes

Each time I go to the Orkney Isles I love it just that one little bit more. I've only ever visited in winter and part of the reason that I love the island it's wild, quiet and amazingly raw landscapes. One day I will see it in the summer, but for now I love the winter...

Caithness sunrise

I woke yesterday morning in my van at the side of the road somewhere between Latheron and Dunbeath in Caithness. I had been photographing a wedding the day before in Wick and after a late finish I ended up pulling in for the night rather than drive tired. It had been...

Ayurveda in India – Shinshiva

**This blog post was originally written 4 years ago. Just as an update I now visit India or Sri Lanka each year now and each year return healthy and visibly renewed through Ayurveda. I might just be living walking proof that it works! *** I am at Shinshiva in Kerala...

Speaking engagement at SWPP in London

I am delighted to be asked to present a talk at the SWPP convention in London this January. I will be telling my story and through this helping you find your own path in life and in your work. Many people struggle to identify what it is that they love and I will be...

Eswatini – Swaziland Photography tour

Eswatini (Swaziland) has a slow and gentle pace, plus an wealth of amazing sights; a photographer’s paradise. I first visited last year whilst documenting a trip for Traveleyes and just loved the feeling of being totally immersed in nature. Sounds, smells, sights take...

SEAcroft Pods – luxury pods with incredible views!

I had one extra night on the Isle of Lewis recently and have wanted to go and stay with SEAcroft for a while, having heard abut their amazing place and wonderful food from a friend. Well, I am so glad I had that extra night away as it was the single best view I have...

The Machrie Hotel, Isle of Islay

A brand new luxury hotel on the Isle of Islay, the Machrie sits within walking distance from a long stretch of sandy beach backed by dunes. The main focus of the hotel is its fabulous golf course which is situated along the dunes of The Strand. Not being a golfer......

The Isle of Islay

I have just returned from a couple of days on the Isle of Islay. I have been wanting to explore this island more with a thought to running a retreat out to the Southern Hebrides. I have to say that I managed to fall in love with Islay this weekend!  The wall to wall...

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts have recently changed my life. A sweeping statement I know but very close to being true! I drive a lot ... and I also like to use every minute of my time wisely so it always seemed a waste to spend it just driving. Learning and expanding thoughts; why could...

Painting

I started out as a painter. From lying drawing quietly hour upon hour as a small child to setting up an easel in my tiny bedroom as a teenager. I went on to art school and my paintings were vast and expressive. At least 6 foot in size and the act of creating them was...

Carving out time for yourself

How do you carve out quiet times?  2019 for me means more upcoming solo trips that I have planned. More and more each year I realise that it's ok to travel alone and enjoy it. It's ok to feel happy and enriched by being alone. Others often look at me with either shock...

Where to stay on the Isle of Harris – The Sound of Harris

I love the Sound of Harris so much. For two reasons; one is the sheer space in both houses. The big house in both its double height ceiling and huge kitchen area but even the small house feels spacious because of its contemporary design and clean lines. The other...

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop

I recently ran a couple of short landscape photography workshops on the Isle of Harris as part of the Harris Mountain Festival programme. A couple of hours of great fun teaching i phoneography on quite possibly the most beautiful setting imagineable! Followed the next...

The Isle of Lewis – an undiscovered paradise

One glorious week spent on the Isle of Lewis. I have experienced gales, huge swells and rainstorms, rainbows followed by a bitter northerly wind and then followed by sunshine, warmth and calm seas. The island is so incredible in its changeable moods and wonderful...

Wild swimming on the Outer Hebrides

It was hail-stoning and the wind was whipping around me in the dark of the morning today. Some days it is hard to drag myself out of the house and into the freezing cold sea but the more you do it, the more the draw of the incredible feeling of outdoor swimming keeps...

Dundonnell – the beginnings of my life in the Highlands

As I travel through the west coast over the next couple of days it takes me back to where it all started for me. Twenty five years ago I packed my car and travelled to Dundonnell for a summer job. I chose Dundonell from those books you used to get in the library...

Isle of Lewis – Cliff beach, big waves and high winds

After our initial hour’s worth of glorious sunshine the day we arrived in Lewis, the weather has given in to the promised high winds and heavy swells. Probably most people are sympathising at this point ...having a week’s worth of dreadful weather ahead on your...

The Orkney wave image and the importance of my Nikon camera kit

I often say it's not all about the kit, but it is also very true that without the right camera and lens in your hands, you can’t shoot the image you want to. I have many bodies and lenses but my Nikon D800 is my go to landscape photography body at the moment. The...

Valtos, Isle of Lewis

As we sailed into Stornoway yesterday, the sun shone over the Hebrides in that wintry sort of way that produces the kind of light that is so special. The forecast is for some stormy weather this week but for me, that means possibilities and changeable conditions. The...

Where to stay on the Isle of Harris – Hotel Hebrides

Kirklea island suites are a set of 4 two storey self catering houses and are situated in Tarbert village on the Isle of Harris. They each have small terrace areas overlooking the village with quite an impressive view of the ferry coming in and out of Harris. The...

Home

I just returned to the Isle of Lewis once more, driving off the ferry and seeing places which have become so familiar now makes me feel warm and as though I am home again. Which is odd because I love my real home in Loch Ness where I am settled and happy - yet the...

1-2-1 special introductory offer

1-2-1 Bespoke Landscape Photography Tuition winter offer I’m very excited to offer two really special introductory packages to mark the launch of my new 1-2-1 bespoke landscape photography tuition service. I’ll take care of the detail - all you need do is arrange...

New Lee “Little stopper” Filter

I have been using Lee Filters for many years now and it was time to get a new little stopper as this is the one I use most often. It was such a nice experience opening the neatly packaged brand new filter I thought I'd share a little blog post about it! Combined with...

Tiree, a watersports and beach lovers paradise

Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, only about 12 miles long and 3 miles wide.  The island has a mild climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles. I have two precious days on this incredible little...

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Orkney Isles wild landscapes

Each time I go to the Orkney Isles I love it just that one little bit more. I've only ever visited in winter and part of the reason that I love the island it's wild, quiet and amazingly raw landscapes. One day I will see it in the summer, but for now I love the winter...

Caithness sunrise

I woke yesterday morning in my van at the side of the road somewhere between Latheron and Dunbeath in Caithness. I had been photographing a wedding the day before in Wick and after a late finish I ended up pulling in for the night rather than drive tired. It had been...

Ayurveda in India – Shinshiva

**This blog post was originally written 4 years ago. Just as an update I now visit India or Sri Lanka each year now and each year return healthy and visibly renewed through Ayurveda. I might just be living walking proof that it works! *** I am at Shinshiva in Kerala...

Speaking engagement at SWPP in London

I am delighted to be asked to present a talk at the SWPP convention in London this January. I will be telling my story and through this helping you find your own path in life and in your work. Many people struggle to identify what it is that they love and I will be...

Eswatini – Swaziland Photography tour

Eswatini (Swaziland) has a slow and gentle pace, plus an wealth of amazing sights; a photographer’s paradise. I first visited last year whilst documenting a trip for Traveleyes and just loved the feeling of being totally immersed in nature. Sounds, smells, sights take...