Be Grateful of the Small Things

Biking Today was a stunning day. We’ve been truly blessed with the weather thus far during our ‘confinement’, and it was a joy to be out on the trails again today. Riding out from home, it’s not long before we reach Hazlehead. I love being able to ride across to Countesswells, a favourite running route … Continue reading Be Grateful of the Small Things

Social Distancing and Staying Home

Save Lives, Stay At Home The message from Government has been very clear this week - stay at home. Even work now involves being at home and that’s surprisingly been okay. One upstairs and one downstairs, meeting for coffee or lunch; the day runs pretty much as normal. Where I’ve struggled a little is with … Continue reading Social Distancing and Staying Home

Solo Sunday: Finding the New ‘Normal’

It’s been a challenging week for everyone. Sunday has always been the social run, Saturday is for parkrun. Neither have happened this week. Yesterday was tough - it was upsetting not being able to go and meet with my running friends; today, however, I’ve got a more positive take on things. The day started with … Continue reading Solo Sunday: Finding the New ‘Normal’

First Hill of 2020: Pressendye

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

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: The Last Chapter

Day 5: Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven Awoke feeling very refreshed after a great night’s sleep at Tigh na Fraoch. Whenever we stay in Tyndrum (which we do fairly regularly to access the hills) this is our accommodation of choice. Heather, a lovely host, really makes it feel like coming ‘home’. It was good to … Continue reading West Highland Way Adventures: The Last Chapter

West Highland Way Adventures: Part 2

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

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

Prologue: West Highland Way

Our journey started from Fort William, leaving the car at the B & B after a relaxed overnight stay. We were rather delighted to find that the Black Isle Bar had opened and enjoyed a mighty fine pizza and a refreshing beverage (or two). Company was good and we enjoyed chatting to others, whiling away … Continue reading Prologue: West Highland Way

Fife Coastal Path: Day 4, Anstruther to St Andrews

What a day! I’m delighted to have made it to St Andrews after yet another glorious day in Fife and probably the most challenging terrain of the walk. Setting off from Anstruther I felt good. The Spindrift Guest House was brilliant - Jenni and Mark were outstanding hosts, I’d had the best sleep of the … Continue reading Fife Coastal Path: Day 4, Anstruther to St Andrews