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Craig Bothy when it was still a SYHA hostel

Here is a view of Craig bothy in 1996. You can see the red triangle marking this as a SYHA hostel, as it was at this point in time. The hostel closed in 2003 and was taken on by the

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View to Upper Loch Torridon

A grand westward view from one of the lower hills across the glen from Liathach. I was walking along the high ground back towards our base at Torridon YHA after work and was treated to this fine view and interesting

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Looking back from Broadford

This is a wee snap I took from Broadford on Skye in 1996 on my way down the road after a couple of days in the Cullins, based out of Glenbrittle Campsite, with Mike. I’d stopped off in Broadford, where

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Posted in Birding, Mountains

A few posts inspired by scanning some old printed photos

I’ve really enjoyed posts by Heavy Whalley (link to his blog) and Ken Crockett that have featured their photos from the days before digital and cameras still weighed a lot. They both use scanned photos to enhance their Twitter feeds

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland

Forfar botanists commemorated by plants and in stone

Continuing the novel things I found while meandering in Angus a wee while back, we came across an amazing garden while is a tribute to a number of ‘lads o’pairts’ from the Forfar are who went on to make significant individual

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips

Creag Meagaidh – long walk in

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Creag Meagaidh is a great swathe of cliffs and deep corries when seen from the A86. However, I had the chance to go in from the Braeroy side this week. This approach gives a rather different aspect to the massif

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Posted in Mountain Training, Mountains, Scotland

Cnoc and lochan in the Ceathramh Garb (Rough Quarter)

Last week was spent in the Eriboll area, near the edge of the Moine Thrust. Based out of the excellent independent hostel at Kyle of Tongue, my morning commute to Loch Hope would take me across the flat boggy area

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Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Scotland, Trips

Updated: Tale of a cragfast geology student from Strabeg bothy book

Update: The person who ended up stuck on the slope got in touch with me to give me additional details and, in particular, point out that they had a whistle, compass-clinometer and phone on them but were unable to use

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Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Navigation, Scotland

Mapping human influences on the uplands and mountains of Scotland

As well as the natural history of the uplands and mountains, which I have provided some resources for on the blog before (see here ), working as an outdoor leader requires some knowledge of human activities and traces in the

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Posted in Mountain Training, Mountains, Scotland, Soils

Broad Law: Same hill, different route

At 840m Broad Law is the second highest peak outside of the Highlands beaten by only 3m by The Merrick in Dumfries and Galloway. Previously, I had ventured up Broad Law with my eldest daughter Jenna via the forestry track

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized, Woodlands
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