Big Burn, Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland
Big Burn is a pleasant walk alongside a burn through a tree lined valley up to a waterfall. Just before you reach the waterfall you pass a rock face where a trickle of water flows down. In the cold weather large icicles had built up and the whole place had an almost spiritual feel to it.
The Mound was built in the early 19th century as a crossing of Loch Fleet cutting off the need to go ...
In 1803 a parliamentary commission planned to improve many hundreds of miles of roads in the Highland...
Skelbo.This parking place is just off the A9 and it gives a lovely view to the north. The statue of t...
Skelbo Forest Walk.There are miles of forest walk around here and they are very enjoyable on a nice d...
A rather nice viewing point, coming down the East side of Scotland.
The Bonar Bridge from the banks of the Oykel river in Bonar as it exits into the Dornoch Firth.
Ravens Rock Gorge in late Summer
Berriedale Braes is a lovely steep windy part of the A9 on the way north there is a sharp left turn w...
In Bourghead at the east coast of scotland you will find the fragment of an old Lighthouse. Have a lo...
Dunbeath Harbour near the statue of Kenn and the Salmon. Kenn was the main character of Neil Gunn's n...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.