21 – James Westland

In this episode I talk with James Westland of Tobermory. 

Born in a castle near Stirling, James, or Seamus as we know him, grew up around Alloa before going to Uni in St Andrews and then headed off shore and came back to land where he studied Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Skye. It was at Sabhal Mòr that he met Moira, who later became his wife. Eventually they chose to settle on Mull where they live to this day with their family in Tobermory.

Our conversation moves between Seamus’ love of geology and the land, and how that journey started for him in the Ochil Hills, how landscape gives off certain feelings, Gaelic music and culture, his working life here on Mull and the geological make up of our islands and why they are so interesting. At the very end we also talk about Seamus’ father in law, the late, much missed Duncan MacGilp.

We also have a wee natter in Gaelic at one point in the conversation for a couple of minutes.

Episode Links:

Airthrie Castle


Ochil Hills


Ben Cleuch

The Silver Glen

Bonanzas and Jacobites by Stephen Moreton

Alva Glen – The Dwarf’s Tomb

Clootie Well at Munlochy

St Andrews Uni


Silly Wizard

Teach yourself Gaelic

Can Seo

Calum Kennedy

Na h-Òganich



Isle of Mull Computers

Angus Miller Geowalks

Map of the geology of Mull

Mars rocks similar to Mull

The Mid Atlantic Ridge

Columnar basaltUlva and Staffa

The geology of Mull & Iona

Beautiful Map of Mull’s Geology

Geology of Gribun

Duncan MacGilp

When the Song Dies by Jamie Chambers

Thanks for listening!

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