Posted by: brigid benson | July 10, 2017

Return to Loch Broom, Ullapool

When the sea is silky rich with the reflections, and the CalMac ferry boat glides into Ullapool on Loch Broom in the northwest highlands. A favourite sight, just beautiful!

Posted by: brigid benson | July 10, 2017

When The Ferry Boat Comes In

Connecting mainland Scotland with the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the Ullapool Stornaway car ferry route operated by Caledonian MacBrayne sails 21 times a week. Each crossing takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The arrival of the ferry in the small fishing village of Ullapool is a major event.

Posted by: brigid benson | July 4, 2017

“Granny we can see your washing line!”

IMG_9032To the top of the Victorian castle on the banks of the River Ness in the Scottish highland capital, Inverness.

A fantastic new viewpoint, at the top of the tallest turret in the photo above, offers panoramic views of the city and out to sea across the Moray Firth.  It’s a relatively new attraction, and local people are making the most of seeing their city from this new perspective; across the castle turrets, over the River Ness, with the cathedral on the opposite bank of the river, and out to sea.

Apologies for the breezy sound but I have kept it because I love the comment a little girl makes to her granny!

If you want to experience these spectacular views, the  seasonal opening times are below.  Be warned though, the queue to the top of the tower is up a narrow staircase with rooms to visitor exhibitions off it. It can be a bit congested, even in quiet times. Only 10 people are allowed on the viewing platform at any time, it is accessed though a turnstile on the staircase. Not so bad when it’s quiet, but busy times will be more of a challenge.


Posted by: brigid benson | June 3, 2017

The Scotsman Steps

Postcard from Edinburgh

Linking the old and new town of Edinburgh is a secret stairway of steps snuggling into the magnificent former offices of The Scotsman newspaper. Built in 1899 the 104 steps are in an octagonal stone tower connecting North Bridge with Market Street.


A secret stairway between new and old Edinburgh: the Scotsman steps

Unbeknown to many who scamper up and down the beautiful steps, they are a Category A listed artwork created by Martin Creed in 2010, a commission by The Fruitmarket Gallery.  Creed revitalised the old stairway by refurbishing the steps with different marbles from around the world; walking up and down the rainbow slabs is a fantastic treat.


Many marbles from around the globe in Martin Creed’s functional artwork

There’s nothing precious about the hard working steps, you might well find them decorated by abandoned liquor bottles or perhaps smelling pungent; they were made to live in the city!

IMG_8382At the top of the steps is The Scotsman building, an imposing palace of wood panels and marble! The former HQ of Scotland’s leading newspaper is now a hotel, with vestiges of publishing grandeur everywhere.



The extraordinary grandeur of The Scotsman newspaper offices, now a hotel


The hotel now has a whisky bar where previously the newspaper’s front page was created!




In The Scotsman Hotel…



On The Scotsman Steps…


Posted by: brigid benson | May 21, 2017

Of Witches and Magic Postcard from Pendle Hill

Here’s a glimpse of windswept and barren Pendle Hill infamously associated with witchcraft trials, executions and magic since 1612.

Posted by: brigid benson | May 19, 2017

Evan and the Bait

On a magical day under a spring sky beside a swelling, rolling tide, I made this mini movie of Evan sorting fish to bait creels for crab and lobster.

Posted by: brigid benson | April 25, 2017

It’s A Kind of Magic!

In a favourite bluebell wood.

The air filled with heady scent, wish I could share that here too!

Posted by: brigid benson | April 23, 2017

Harbour Cat and Playground Deer

Dancing with Life!

Inspirational, uplifting and romantic too; a glimpse of favourite highland scenery. Love sharing it! Music to my soul!

Posted by: brigid benson | March 26, 2017

More Music To My Soul

Home made mini movies from favourite places…definitely music to my soul!

Welcome to my world!

Posted by: brigid benson | January 29, 2017

Flying Above The River Mersey

The River Mersey is a mighty waterway in northwest England with an extraordinary history. John Lennon airport sits on the Liverpool bank, facing the shores of Wirral, where the Manchester Ship Canal transports shipping inland.  Here’s a glimpse of it all, from an easyjet flight on the runway into the sky above the clouds on a beautifully clear day, with low tide in the river below.

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