Feral Words

Blog posts/essays & photos by William A. Young, linking travel, hiking, mythology, and some associated odds-and-ends

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The Little Town in the Woods – Eastern Lapland #2

The second stage of the Finnmark trip (click here for the first part, the forest trek) consisted of a re-supply stop in Karasjok. I’d intended a quick in-and-out visit before … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Northernmost Forest – Eastern Lapland #1

Lapland is a place I love very much. It’s a great, empty land where human activity has left relatively little trace; a rarity in cluttered Europe. It’s also a place … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Serpent Stone

The Serpent Stone is one of the more striking of the works of the McGlashen stonemasons of late 19th century Edinburgh. It was carved as a gravestone for the Greenock-born … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 3 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 · 86 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 · 12 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

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

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