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Monday, 16 May 2016

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


A quick message from himself: "Thanks to all of you who have bought the new album. The office floor looks a bit like the home of under tens on Christmas morning - packaging, scissors and tape everywhere. I've caught up with the orders, so all of you have made one, your CDs are on the way! Thanks again. For those who left me a personal message, I'll respond when the paper flood subsides."

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dear Blog Followers,

Scot's Album is released!
After much anticipation and requests from tour guests to be "kept informed", Gàir nan Clàrsach - The Harps' Cry, is here.

The collection comprises traditional music and Tales (in Gàidhlig and English) from the Highlands, including songs centuries old performed by guest singers Rena Gertz and the national treasure that is Margaret Bennett, with a backdrop of music that is modern yet traditional.

The eleven track CD is limited to 200 hand-numbered copies - like a rare whisky - and comes with a six page booklet giving the fuller details of the Tales and songs. The CD purchase also give you a free download version of the album.  You can of course choose the download version only, if that's the way you like your music.

How to listen and buy?  Go to

Thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged this collection.  We hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

On Set With Outlander

Sometimes it feels like we're living in the middle of a film set, what with three locations used by Starz in recent weeks in the fields around chez nous. Recently I stood in on a small scene being filmed between Claire and Laoghaire in an avenue of trees. Not sure that one was in the books, but I'm sure all will be clear when it's aired! Anyway, here's a rain-stops-play photo from another local location. 

If the scene is broadcast before the tour season, then I'll add it to the tours this summer. 

The "avenue" location is one that's been part of our tours since the beginning and will be of course part of this summer's tours. 

Friday, 9 October 2015


We've been away on a scouting trip for the Dragonfly tour next year.  We've been in Versailles and  Normandie.  Here's a few wee photos to whet your apperite for nexxt July, those who are coming along.

Here's a few from the Abbey, so like the one that Jamie recovered in.  It's still a working abbey, with brothers and it's own Saint Anselm.

A wee Bayeux-by-night shot.  Quite a spectacular place.

We were joined for some of the trip by Robert and Theresa, from the Grain tour a few years back.  Remember them? They're the ones that drank all the wine.  Nothing's changed and they brought us some lovely grape to try.

Robert enjoying the port we'll be visiting next year. 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Dragonfly Scouting Trip Photos

Just got back from France and a scouting trip for the Dragonfly in Amber tour next year.  Thought I'd post a few images we made along the way to pique your interest. Here's the first: "Bayeux by night". More to follow when I get done with all the responses to those of you who have already booked. Thanks! Makes it all worthwhile!