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Red Poppies at Pollock House

Red Poppies at Pollock House, Glasgow

This morning, I paid a visit to Pollock House, a heritage property dating from the 18th century and now jointly managed by Scotland’s National Trust and Glasgow Council.

Read more on Visit Pollok House, Visit Glasgow…

Fishing Boats at Kirkwall Harbour

Fishing Boats at Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney

This evening, I am focusing on the historic, yet vibrant, town of Kirkwall, capital of Orkney, a group of islands north of the Scottish mainland.

Read more on Visit Kirkwall, Visit Orkney…


Windsurfing, Scapa

Windsurfing, Scapa, Orkney


This evening, the focus of my blog is Scapa, Orkney. The name has an interesting history. Orkney has a distinctive Norse heritage from which  the word scarfr (for cormorant) was derived. This was translated into Gaelic as sgarbh and subsequently evolved into modern English as Scapa or ‘Cormorant Isle’.

Read more on Visit Scapa, Visit Orkney…