Feral Words

Author blog of William A. Young; in-depth writing on travel, culture and adventure

Hidden Gods

This week, I published my first book. It’s been in the pipeline, in one form or another, for the better part of a decade. The research and travel involved in … Continue reading

Featured · 32 Comments

The Figure of the Witch-Queen in Northern Mythology

   “At length, when night was setting in, they saw a deep and unknown glen of joyless aspect before them; they descended into it, to avoid the bleak winds of … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · 12 Comments

Getting High – 5 of the 10 Tallest Mountains in Scotland

This is mainly a photo piece, covering a long weekend I spent with my brother, John Young (photographer & soldier of limited fortune), climbing the Cairngorm Mountains. We made it … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · 13 Comments

The Last Temple of the Celts

The west of Europe used to be full of Celtic temples. In every settlement, every holy grove, every mountain top and ring of stones that held any import for the … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 82 Comments

Winter in the West

I try to get in one big winter trip, every year, just to remember what a proper frost feels like. It’s not long now until I’m off on the next … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Queen of the Snows

Scotland gets a wee bit magical this time of year, much of the time. When the snow falls on the mountains and the frost falls on the earth, everything seems … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 18 Comments

‘Merlin’s Valley’ on the Upper Tweed : Field-guide #1

In the course of my journeys around Britain and Ireland I’ve had the good fortune to come across some wonderful places that aren’t hugely well-known. I thought I’d start posting … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 25 Comments

The Isles of Life & Death

‘Under the earth I go, On the oak leaf I stand, I ride on the filly that was never foaled, And I carry the dead in my hand.’   These … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 13 Comments

Frost Flowers – Unfolding a New Project

“Let the lesson be – to be yourselves… And to make that worth being” Hugh MacDiarmid (translated from Old Scots into English) Most flowers blossom for weeks on end. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 10 Comments

Winterland

This is Scotland. This is what we do🙂 Last winter, between Christmas and New Year, my brother and I took a wander out into the highlands. We caught the train … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

Return

I’ve been away for a little while now; it’s time to come back to the online world. I took a wee break from writing after I finished my book; then … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

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