Ben Wyvis (Glas Leathad Mòr)

Waking to a slightly less pleasant day, having checked out the forecast we opted for Ben Wyvis. The suggestion was that it should brighten up, cloud breaking around midday, so our planned start meant we’d hopefully reach the summit and get views. Breaking in the Boots Having replaced my leaky Salomon boots with a pair … Continue reading Ben Wyvis (Glas Leathad Mòr)

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

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

Perfect Conditions on Cac Carn Beag (Lochnagar)

It’s been a while since we’ve done Lochnagar, or to give it’s proper name, Cac Carn Beag. It’s also been a while since my last munro, so we decided to opt for something familiar, close to home and ‘easy’. Early Start Up early, maybe not so bright, we had a quiet breakfast before (Bruce) loading … Continue reading Perfect Conditions on Cac Carn Beag (Lochnagar)

Escape to Knoydart

Having left Mull on the first ferry on Monday morning, we later caught a boat from Mallaig to Inverie. As forecast, the rain was tipping down from the moment we awoke and I had a sense of deja vu. On this occasion it was Bruce’s goal at stake - his quest to complete the remaining … Continue reading Escape to Knoydart

The Two Sgurrs and a Wire Bridge

It was with great joy that I set a ridiculously early alarm for today. Seriously, who gets up just after 6 am on holiday? Yet again, we were being ruled by the weather. The forecast suggested the rain would be coming in late afternoon so we were keen to get home dry and hopefully catch … Continue reading The Two Sgurrs and a Wire Bridge

Achnasheen: Amazing what’s on the doorstep!

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!

Ben Klibreck

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

Ben Hope: Type 1 Fun

At the Dundee Mountain Film Festival last year I was introduced to the concept of Type 1 and Type 2 fun by one of the speakers. Type 1 fun is joyous throughout the experience, type 2 fun is tough at the time but fun retrospectively. Today was a perfect hill day: the sun was shining, … Continue reading Ben Hope: Type 1 Fun

The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine: A Small Summit and Jelly Legs

Final day of the holiday, I woke to the best alarm yet - music on my phone and Bruce saying, ‘have an extra half hour.’ The forecast had changed and the day looked set to improve so the morning rush was eased. Heading out, we opted for a two munro circuit encompassing The Saddle and … Continue reading The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine: A Small Summit and Jelly Legs