Merry Christmas!

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!

Creag nan Gabhar and Loch Callater

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

Mayar and The Pied Piper of Corrie Fee

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

West Highland Way Adventures: Part 1

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

Ben Klibreck

Relaxing in Altnacarra B & B after Ben Hope we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening; always a good sign when you’re welcomed with a pot of tea and biscuits! An added bonus was that the neighbouring pub was friendly with good craic from the locals, so it’s just as well we’d booked our dinner at … Continue reading Ben Klibreck

Ben Hope: Type 1 Fun

At the Dundee Mountain Film Festival last year I was introduced to the concept of Type 1 and Type 2 fun by one of the speakers. Type 1 fun is joyous throughout the experience, type 2 fun is tough at the time but fun retrospectively. Today was a perfect hill day: the sun was shining, … Continue reading Ben Hope: Type 1 Fun

Am Faochagach: Stunning views, boggy paths!

Reported to be boggy, we were prepared with gaiters and our festival wellies for the river crossing. Thinking it’s been relatively dry and with no rain on the horizon we diverted to Am Faochagach on our way to the northerly munros. We were both a little stunned when we crossed the road to find the … Continue reading Am Faochagach: Stunning views, boggy paths!

The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine: A Small Summit and Jelly Legs

Final day of the holiday, I woke to the best alarm yet - music on my phone and Bruce saying, ‘have an extra half hour.’ The forecast had changed and the day looked set to improve so the morning rush was eased. Heading out, we opted for a two munro circuit encompassing The Saddle and … Continue reading The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine: A Small Summit and Jelly Legs

Bla Bheinn: an introduction to the Skye munros

I’ve always maintained that I’m not ‘bagging’ munros, one of the reasons being that some are just too scary looking. I’m not a fan of big exposure and I know what I like (and more importantly what’s just pushing the comfort zone too far). Meanwhile, Bruce very much enjoys a bit of ‘air’ on the … Continue reading Bla Bheinn: an introduction to the Skye munros

Seana Bhraigh: A Long Day

Leaving Ullapool we opted to head for Seana Bhraigh, the munro we could have added on yesterday but didn’t due to the inclement weather. Having now done it I’m still undecided if I would have enjoyed it yesterday. It was quite a lengthy walk, although didn’t look that much of a leap from Eididh nan … Continue reading Seana Bhraigh: A Long Day