Conachcraig: A Very Relaxed Hill Day

Those who know me will know our hill days have been getting shorter over time due to a deterioration In musculoskeletal health (his, not mine). It was therefore a bittersweet day as we set out for either Lochnagar or Conachcraig, settling for the latter as the pain was too much. However, the bionic man is … Continue reading Conachcraig: A Very Relaxed Hill Day

Three Mealls (not breakfast, lunch & tea!) 🤣

I was going to title this ‘long weekend’, but it wasn’t really as we didn’t leave home until Sunday. Late weekend may be more apt? However, having been corrected on pronunciation recently, I’d like to recognise that the three munros were all ‘Mealls’, pronounced differently to ‘meal’ according to Walk Highlands. The First: Meall Buidhe … Continue reading Three Mealls (not breakfast, lunch & tea!) 🤣

Loch Ness 360, Day 2: Foyers to Fort Augustus

Feeling refreshed at 5:30 am when I first woke up, I could happily have slept on when the 7:40 am alarm sounded. As it was, the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs was worth rising for. Refuelled once again, I packed up just in time for the baggage carrier to call - he was 5 minutes … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 2: Foyers to Fort Augustus

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!

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!

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

Rob Roy Way: Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy (Day 5)

Having thought it may be hard going back to where I’d finished the day yesterday, the reality was that it felt great! I had a really settled night last night, feeling very much at home - the upside of having two nights in a B & B is that you can unpack, something I always … Continue reading Rob Roy Way: Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy (Day 5)

An Teallach: an unplanned circular

An Early Start An Teallach was on Bruce’s wish list for this week, previously having done it in pouring rain with no views. I could’ve gone either way, but, assured that the famous ridge was optional, and that there was nothing too tricky that couldn’t be avoided, decided to give it a bash. An early … Continue reading An Teallach: an unplanned circular

Adventures in Ullapool

Cul Mòr or Stac Pollaidh? Waking up feeling a little like how I imagine I’d feel having been hit by a bus, the day started slowly. Descending the stairs, two feet to a step, it took a while to convince my legs they were good to go again. Forecasts checked over breakfast, the choice to … Continue reading Adventures in Ullapool

Three Fannichs: Bruce returns for the views

Having stopped off in Inverness last night we had an easy start to get up the road. Bruce having previously done these hills (all 9 in one day) was delighted to see the sunshine and clear skies, although less delighted with my garlic breath - the blue cheese and courgette pizza in Black Isle Bar … Continue reading Three Fannichs: Bruce returns for the views