Balmoral Cairns

What a great walk this was! I have to say we were both very pleasantly surprised! We’d contemplated this earlier in the week but opted for Morrone instead as it was such a fine day. Today however was very different; although still sunny and relatively cloud free, the winds were strong and being on the … Continue reading Balmoral Cairns

Morrone: Blustery breeze and drifting snow

Having so much enjoyed being out on Hogmanay we decided to have another bash today, initially thinking Balmoral Cairns. Alarm’s set, we got up and out at a reasonable time and contemplated our destination as we drove out the road. Par for the course, I was just happy to be out and not too bothered … Continue reading Morrone: Blustery breeze and drifting snow

Final Walk of 2022

Today’s plan was Aberdeen parkrun, then probably a local walk and a coffee somewhere. However, in the wee small hours the plan changed to Hazlehead parkrun allowing me an extra bit of time in bed; I’ve become quite accustomed to getting up around 9 am or later! The last change to the plan came when … Continue reading Final Walk of 2022

Glen Dye Circular

Another back to fitness walk for Bruce, he came up trumps in finding this one. We’ve never visited Glen Dye and it was a joy to explore this new terrain. Spital Burn The route guide directed us to park by the old ruin of Spitalburn Cottage in a small lay-by. On further investigation, having instead … Continue reading Glen Dye Circular

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

Mayar & Driesh: Girls Day Out

I was delighted to be invited along for a walk with my niece and sister. The younger of the two is into hills and outdoors, the older one likes outdoors, hills maybe not so much? Could we convert her? Having parked up at Glen Doll, after much faffing we set off enthusiastically and followed the … Continue reading Mayar & Driesh: Girls Day Out

Loch Ness 360, Day 5: Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Setting off from the B&B I had already decided to walk to the centre of the village having run all the way in yesterday. Despite this I ran as I figured it would be quicker, and also less embarrassing if the Americans from the B&B passed having shared with them that I was running and … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 5: Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Loch Ness 360, Day 4: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

Really enjoyed staying in Invermoriston. The B & B (Craik Na Dav) was run by two sisters, Lindsey and Amanda, who were so friendly and welcoming that I truly felt at home from the moment they opened the door. It was therefore a bit of a thought to leave this morning, all the more so … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 4: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness 360, Day 3: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

Got up for an early breakfast - I’m now regretting this at 3 pm as I’m tired! However, the early start did allow me to get down to the locks and see ‘Moonshadow’ go all the way down! As an aside (Bruce), it turns out my sister and I are not the only people fascinated … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 3: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

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