From the West coast
A fascinating ten-year archive of letters from one
the most beautiful parts of Scotland,
its people, places, landscape and wildlife.
"Strachur is a small, sleepy, sprawling West Highland village spread along the north eastern shore of Loch Fyne - the longest sea loch in Scotland. This is a very dramatic and beautiful part of Scotland, full of ancient history, magnificent forests and wildlife..."
Letters from Argyll
- September '98 Introduction
- October '98 Half Hung Archie
- November '98 Magnus Barelegs
- December '98 Pantomime
- January '99 Storms and Gardens
- February '99 Campbells and midges
- March '99 Macleans and birdsong
- April '99 Loch Eck and Spring
- May/June '99 Dunoon and Squirrels
- Summer '99 Glasgow
- Autumn '99 Colour and Rowans
- Winter '00 Siskins and Finches
- Spring/summer '00 Puck's Glen
- Autumn '00 Macbeth and a Squirrel
- Spring 2001 Town and Country
- Summer 2001 From Scotia to Dunadd
- Winter 2001 Bridge over the Atlantic
- Summer 2002 Cowal and 3 Squirrels
- Autumn 2002 Smiddy and Stones
- Winter 2002 Bagpipes, deer and jays.
- Spring 2003 Rest and Be Thankful.
- Summer 2003 3 lochs and a castle
- Autumn 2003 A Beaut of an Isle
- Winter 2003 The bonnie banks
- Spring 2004 The Hollow Mountain
- Summer 2004 Kintyre Peninsula 1
- Autumn 2004 Kintyre Peninsula 2
- Winter 2004 Arrochar Gateway to Argyll
- Spring 2005 A Walker's Paradise
- Summer 2005 Scotland in Miniature
- Autumn 2005 Skye - The Misty Isle
- Winter 2005 Across the Water
- Spring 2006 The Crossroads of Scotland
- Summer 2006 Calling all seafarers
- Autumn 2006 A day out in the rain
- Winter 2006 A Winter's Day Out
- Spring 2007 A Favourite Place
- Summer 2007 Bonnie Galloway
- Autumn 2007 Port Appin
- Winter 2007 Loch Fyne and a Fine Dram!
- Spring 2008 Snow mountains and Spring!
- Summer 2008 A Walk in the Park
September 1998, this was Pamela's first letter to aboutscotland.com!
Strachur is a small, sleepy, sprawling West Highland village spread along the north eastern shore of Loch Fyne - the longest sea loch in Scotland.
This is a very dramatic and beautiful part of Scotland, full of ancient history, magnificent forests and wildlife.
Many thousands of years ago when a glacier carved out Loch Fyne part of it spilled over to form what came to be known as Strath Curra, Valley of the Heron. The two words ran together to become Strachur. Indeed, heron are often seen flying from the Loch to their nests in the tall trees, and there are very many tall trees hereabouts; the magical woodland walk at nearby Ardkinglass is home to the tallest Giant Fir, abies grandis, in Europe.
The area is full of historical fact and folklore. The silvery grey or greenish rocks you see most often here (schists) date from 500 million years ago. Later additions are the Duns - stone defensive sites built by Iron Age Celts between 500BC and 500AD - there are remains of one on the Maclean estate, only minutes walk from Burnside Cottage.
Over the coming months I hope to supply you with information and tales of the area. It is well worth a visit. Those who do visit by chance, or by choice, are taken aback by the beauty of the scenery and fascinated by the stories - tales of "Half-hung Archie", "Magnus Barelegs" and General John Campbell and his return from the American Wars of Independence round about 1785 - to name but a few.
I would also like to introduce you to some of our friends who live round about Burnside Cottage - Charlie, Piper and Jake the Highland Ponies, Shirley the red squirrel, and even my encounter with what I believe to be a black puma.
So watch this space as the story of Strachur unfolds!
"Where the magnificence of the scenery is matched only by the beauty of visiting wildlife."
Text and photographs © Pamela Mackinnon.