Elie Chainwalk

Enjoyed a cracking day out on the Elie Chainwalk today. However, as I arrived at the start point, it became apparent that some folk who set out to tackle the route are quickly put off by their fear of the unknown. Today I met two families facing such a dilemma. Having heard about the chainwalk, they wandered across the beach from Earlsferry keen to give it a shot. But when they arrived at the start point and were confronted by the first chain, both were immediately deterred by the prospect of what lay ahead. Neither group attempted the scramble. It was a real pity to see early hopes dashed by uncertainty. They may have been more than capable of doing it, but will now never know. For anyone interested in tackling this unique coastal scramble, I have put together an illustrated step-by-step guide which I hope will shine some light on the delights of the Elie Chainwalk and help quell some of those fears. Read more…

The Hunt for Balnamoon’s Cave

Balnamoon’s Cave guards its secrets well. Lurking in the upper reaches of Glen Mark, countless visitors to this wild and lonely valley have sought out its sanctuary and seclusion. Most have returned disappointed, unable to locate the clandestine spot amid the craggy cliffs and rock-strewn slopes. And therein lies its beauty for the concealed location really was a matter of life or death for a rebel laird fleeing the blood-soaked battlefields of Culloden. Read more…

The Mermaid’s Secret Lair

The Spar Cave on the Isle of Skye is a truly wondrous place. In the 19th century it was a fashionable destination for well-to-do Victorian trippers, drawn north to the wild and rugged Strathaird peninsula by Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lord of the Isles in which he wrote of a mermaid bathing in a pool concealed deep within the enchanted cell. Read more…