Mike Brown's Scotland

My first visit to Scotland was in 1996, for the 50th anniversary Blair Atholl Scottish International Patrol Jamborette. I've led groups of Boy Scouts to the Jamborette every even-numbered year since. I have separate web pages for the stories of each of the Blair Atholl Jamborette trips - see my Blair Atholl Jamborette main page to link to those pages.

Over the course of my trips with the Scouts, I've come to love Scotland as almost a second home. Although the country is relatively small by US standards - about the same size as West Virginia in terms of land area - it has a number of regions which are distinct in history, topography, climate and culture (not to mention accent).

Rather than following along with the Scouts, the web pages which follow from this page will present pictures from my Scottish trips arranged geographically. I've chosen to divide the country up roughly by the governmental districts as indicated on the key map at right - although I combined the Lothian and Borders, Tayside and Fife, and Ayrshire and Dumfries/Galloway.  I've also split the Islands into their own page, separate from the mainland regions with which they are governmentally combined.

This is a work in progress - I'll be adding pictures to the pages for some time, as I review the pictures I've already posted for my Scout trips and find new ones. In the meantime, check back as the site evolves and enjoy!

The Regions of Scotland

Aberdeenshire and the Northeast
- Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Stonehaven and Speyside

Argyll & Bute
- western Scotland north of Glasgow - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Oban

Ayrshire and Dumfries/Galloway
-southwest of Glasgow to the English border - Ayr, Dumfries, Galloway, Irvine, Stranraer, Strathaven

City of Edinburgh

and the southern Midlands

The Highlands -
Fort Williams to Inverness, both sides of the Great Glen, and north to John O'Groats, and the Cairngorms

Scotland's Islands - The Inner Hebrides
Mull, Iona, Islay and Skye

Scotland's Islands - the Outer Hebrides
Lewis and Harris

Scotland's Islands - Firth of Clyde
Isle of Arran

Scotland's Islands - Orkney

Lothian and Borders
- southeastern Scotland, from the area surrounding Edinburgh (West Lothian, Midlothain, East Lothian) south to the English border

Stirling and northern Midlands
- the Forth and Clyde area between Edinburgh and Glasgow - Stirling, Falkirk

Tayside, Fife and Perthshire
- eastern central Scotland - Perth, Blair Atholl, Dundee, St. Andrews, Kingdom of Fife, the Grampians
Photos 1996-2018 Copyright Mike Brown

Blair Atholl International Scottish Scout Patrol Jamborette