Gairich, Loch Quoich: Boggy trudge was worth it!

Our original plan had been to do this hill on route to our accommodation yesterday, but the spectacular weather led us elsewhere. Today was a Gairich day instead, the recent dry weather coupled with the forecast for rain later in the week, alongside pretty high cloud meant the potential for good views. Having parked at … Continue reading Gairich, Loch Quoich: Boggy trudge was worth it!

Tom a Chòinnich and Toll Creagach, Glen Affric

Heading off on our travels we’d not intended on doing these hills. However, my driver was enthusing about the amazing weather and the potential for some stunning hills aside from our immediate plan (Gairich) and we debated whether to head for Glen Affric, somewhere I’d not yet been. We hummed and hawed, finally deciding to … Continue reading Tom a Chòinnich and Toll Creagach, Glen Affric

Train Adventures: Beinn na Lap

Catching the early train from Fort William complete with our packed breakfast, destination Corrour, little did we know how much fun lay ahead! The Highest Station on Mainland U.K. Corrour is accessible only by train, bike or on foot, so Beinn na Lap makes for an interesting day. It’s an easy munro, feasible to rush … Continue reading Train Adventures: Beinn na Lap

Sgòrr nam Fiannaidh: Low mileage, quite some effort!

Having felt yesterday to be quite a steep, tough ascent, I reconsidered this opinion on today’s hill. Known as the second munro of the Aonach Eagach ridge, most people do it as part of the ridge walk. Having previously disclosed my dislike of exposure that was never going to happen, and so we found ourselves … Continue reading Sgòrr nam Fiannaidh: Low mileage, quite some effort!

Càrn na Caim and A’Bhuidheanach Bheag: ‘Boring’ hills, beautiful in the winter!

First day of our holiday, we stopped off at Layby 87 (A9) on route to our destination. Unsure how conditions would be following the snow a couple of days ago, we were fully equipped for winter with crampons, ice axes and microspikes, alongside the obligatory spare gloves etc. Suffice to say the pack was heavy! … Continue reading Càrn na Caim and A’Bhuidheanach Bheag: ‘Boring’ hills, beautiful in the winter!

Creag nan Gabhar – first time this year

One of our favourites, today saw us return to Creag nan Gabhar. We were unsure what to expect as the snow appeared to have shifted quite a bit. Mildly optimistic that we might find some on the descent towards Loch Callater, we set off fully loaded with crampons, ice axe and Kahtoolas! Looking back, you’d … Continue reading Creag nan Gabhar – first time this year

A Stunning Winter’s Day on Morrone

Having initially thought it would be a day for Aberdeen parkrun, I was easily swayed when advised that there was not a breath of wind on the hills. Having checked the forecast last night it was apparent that Lochnagar, a winter favourite, was not the best idea due to the direction we’d be heading up. … Continue reading A Stunning Winter’s Day on Morrone

Carn Liath & Carn na Moine from Inverey

Having had a taste of the great outdoors a few days ago we were keen to get out again. Somewhat constrained for time at present, we needed to find a shorter walk, and as usual, Bruce came up trumps! Inverey: unusually quiet! With access to a couple of munros, the large parking area at Inverey … Continue reading Carn Liath & Carn na Moine from Inverey

Final Walk of 2021: Pannanich Hill

Having hoped to be out lots over the festive season, unfortunately we’ve not really managed. The weather’s been changeable and the prospect of fog on the tops has not held much appeal. We were happy to have a clear day on offer today, although the blustery conditions higher up led ‘us’ to make plans for … Continue reading Final Walk of 2021: Pannanich Hill

CHSS Glenlivet 10k

I’ve wanted to do this race for a few years. Usually run in April, it falls in the middle of the school holidays and fills up pretty fast. Rescheduled for 2021 and billed as one of the most scenic 10k races in Britain, I was delighted to finally have a chance to run it. Rain … Continue reading CHSS Glenlivet 10k