Trying to stay away from the crowds but keen to gain some height, ‘we’ decided to head for Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach, a neighbour of Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag) accessed from Keiloch rather than Loch Muick, which we’d envisaged would be rather hoaching, all the more so with such a fine forecast. Heading out the … Continue reading Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach: A Quiet Munro
Freedom is Restored So, this week the restrictions on travel were lifted for the majority of Scotland, allowing us once again to access the hills. It’s been a long wait, but today made it totally worth it! Deliberation The weather forecast, typically, was mixed. Stronger winds, the possibility of heavy rain (showers if lucky), you … Continue reading Loch Lee: Who needs an air bridge when this is on your ‘doorstep’?
Lazy Saturday in Ballater The ideal Christmas gift, a Winter Skills Day with Hillgoers, led us to Ballater at the weekend. Not being ones for doing nothing, we enjoyed a gentle stroll around the Seven Bridges, my favourite being Polhollick. Polhollick Suspension Bridge, Ballater Aside from this the walk was gentle and easy, a fine … Continue reading Ballater Weekend featuring Hillgoers Winter Skills Training
Taking advantage of a decent forecast we decided to head for the hills. Driving out to Braemar the skies looked clearer than expected. Despite being winter there also appeared to be very little snow on the horizon. After a quick pitstop in Braemar conditions did change as we drove out to Linn of Dee, the … Continue reading Sgor Mor: Blowin’ A Hoolie
The original plan for the first hill of the year was to head out on New Year’s Day. However, best laid plans and all that ... The reality of NYD was that we stayed out later than planned on Hogmanay, and when the 8 am alarm clock sounded I felt way too tired to get … Continue reading First Hill of 2020: Pressendye
Goals (and Dreams) This year I set myself 2 goals: A marathon PB and a 1st club standard. I achieved one of them. A dream came true when I ran the London Marathon, loving every minute of it (despite prior nerves that it might just all be too much). The plan thereafter had been to … Continue reading Reflections on 2019: Dreams, Goals and Injury
What a stunning winter's day for a Christmas walk! We decided to take full advantage, heading up Lochnagar. White Christmas When we were out this way a couple of weeks ago it looked like there was a fair covering of snow; not so much today. The path at car park level was clear, but once … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Having bailed earlier than I'd intended on my work's Christmas 'do', I was home and bedded way before pumpkin time, thus waking bright eyed and bushy tailed (or as close to that as I ever get!), and happy enough to hear that golf (his) was off as the course would be on winter greens. Winter … Continue reading Creag nan Gabhar and Loch Callater
Fed up with being stuck indoors - the foot injury niggles on, but that's a whole other story - we decided to head out and into the hills to see some of winter. Various options on offer, we decided to go big and head for the Angus munros, Mayar and Driesh. Glen Doll Visitor Centre … Continue reading Mayar and The Pied Piper of Corrie Fee
Day 1: Milngavie to Balmaha Starting in Milngavie, having met the friendly chap from ‘Go Haggis’ baggage carriers at the Premier Inn, we managed to successfully navigate our way out of the town centre, although not before accosting a local for the obligatory photograph. Heading through Mugdock Park we were among the Sunday runners and … Continue reading West Highland Way Adventures: Part 1