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

Tattie Hols in Tyndrum: Part 2

Day 4: Ben Vorlich Following an enjoyable jaunt up Ben Vane yesterday, we decided to return to Inveruglas today to summit the neighbouring Ben Vorlich. Legs feeling a little worse for wear this morning, neither of us were jumping with enthusiasm; however, the prospect of rain all day tomorrow forced us out - there’s only … Continue reading Tattie Hols in Tyndrum: Part 2

Bruce’s Journey to Compleation

In awe of his achievement (I just go along for the walk and fresh air occasionally), I formulated a list of questions for Bruce and last night got him to humour me and share his journey. When and how did your Munro journey begin? August 2009. Clare and I used to do a lot of … Continue reading Bruce’s Journey to Compleation

Ballater Weekend featuring Hillgoers Winter Skills Training

Lazy Saturday in Ballater The ideal Christmas gift, a Winter Skills Day with Hillgoers, led us to Ballater at the weekend. Not being ones for doing nothing, we enjoyed a gentle stroll around the Seven Bridges, my favourite being Polhollick. Polhollick Suspension Bridge, Ballater Aside from this the walk was gentle and easy, a fine … Continue reading Ballater Weekend featuring Hillgoers Winter Skills Training

Sgor Mor: Blowin’ A Hoolie

Taking advantage of a decent forecast we decided to head for the hills. Driving out to Braemar the skies looked clearer than expected. Despite being winter there also appeared to be very little snow on the horizon. After a quick pitstop in Braemar conditions did change as we drove out to Linn of Dee, the … Continue reading Sgor Mor: Blowin’ A Hoolie

Merry Christmas!

What a stunning winter's day for a Christmas walk! We decided to take full advantage, heading up Lochnagar. White Christmas When we were out this way a couple of weeks ago it looked like there was a fair covering of snow; not so much today. The path at car park level was clear, but once … Continue reading Merry Christmas!