February 2024
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Mysterious Scotland: St Conan’s Kirk by Loch Awe…

Today, I’ll tell you how, during our last trip to Scotland, on our road from Perth to Oban, we added a milestone to our wonderful map of mysterious Scotland. The place, situated on the shore of Loch Awe, in the heart of the beautiful Argyll and Bute region, is St Conan’s Kirk. We immediately fell […]

Places of interest in Kintyre: Saddell Abbey & Castle

In Norse, Saddell means “sandy valley” and the ruins of Saddell Abbey are situated in this lovely and quiet glen where the Saddell Water flows into the Kilbrannan Sound on the east coast of Kintyre. The beauty of the landscape around, the ruined abbey echoing times long past and the remarkable collection of medieval slabs […]

Green Men Carvings in St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall

. Hi Mairiuna!

As you mentioned in one of your recent post ‘St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney: The ‘Light in the North’ , we would have missed seeing the depictions of the Green Man as seen in the guide book, had it not been for the assistance of a very kind gentleman that helped us […]

The story of St Magnus Cathedral in seven paintings…


St Magnus Kirk*, Egilsay, Bob Jones 2009 – Wikimedia

A light that has once shone is never quenched. Can a diamond wither?

(George Mackay Brown – Magnus)

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney. – Source Wikimedia


Hi everybody !

How the martyrdom of earl Magnus and […]

A ‘miniature Bayeux Tapestry’ in Orkney…


Collection of painted panels in St Magnus Cathedral © 2012 Scotiana


Mairiuna, we’ve just enjoyed reading your post on the children’s painted panels in St Magnus Cathedral – a miniature Bayeux Tapestry! What was it, we wondered, that attracted the Arran children to this subject?

(Iain & Margaret – […]