After a fair soaking yesterday, I went to put the boots outdoors (having removed the newspaper that had been absorbing the water overnight) to experience two joys of nature. One, the Scottish midge. Out in force, they were keen to make my acquaintance. They tend not to be bothersome if there’s any sort of breeze. … Continue reading Achnasheen: Amazing what’s on the doorstep!
Look out for passing trains! One of the more remote munros in the Glen Carron area, Maoile Lunndaidh required a bike in to make life a little easier. Best laid plans, we parked up at the Forestry Commission car park at Craig before crossing the road and then the railway line. It never ceases to … Continue reading Maoile Lunndaidh: A Hard Earned Munro!
Neither of us can quite remember when we last did this circuit, our guess being around 2012. We’ve since done Carn an Tuirc individually, but not the whole round. Today, being yet another forecast of clear skies and sunshine, seemed the perfect opportunity! Glenshee Parking in the big car park by Glenshee, sadly the cafe … Continue reading Visiting Old Friends: The Glas Maol Munros
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!