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
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!
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 3: Rowardennan to Inverarnan Having felt like I’d not slept at all - no idea why, but I saw many hours on the clock - we set off from Rowardennan in the knowledge that this would be a tough day. The route largely hugs the lochside throughout, climbing gently up and down, over stony … Continue reading West Highland Way Adventures: Part 2
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
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