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Advanced First-Aid revalidation with BASP

My Mountain Training Association account helps keep the insurance and first-aid certification up-to-date by sending me emails to remind me when these things need to be renewed and updated on my profile. I may have in fact renewed them but

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Forfar botanists commemorated by plants and in stone

Continuing the novel things I found while meandering in AngusĀ 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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Kirriemuir: geo and munro

While roaming the Mearns with the kids we went to Kirriemuir on our travels. I’ve been through Kirrie a few times but had not noticed the links to two of my areas of interest. The square has several plaques to

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland, Trips

Belhaven Bay – surf’s up! Geodiversity’s up!

Had my first ever trip to Belhaven Bay, just to the west of Dunbar. I’ve been into Dunbar itself to look at the rocks in the harbour area and visited the extensive Carboniferous exposures to the south of Dunbar at

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (low-level), Scotland, Trips

Clapper Bridges near Cashel Dhu, NW Highlands

Clapper bridges are something I’d previously associated exclusively with Dartmoor; there is a famous large one at Postbridge but there many more examples spanning watercourses on the moor. A recent tweet from Forestry Commission Scotland alerted me to the fact

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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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Return to Skye, 20 years on

May is usually a dry spell on the western seaboard of Scotland. I had agreed to go up to help out with a palaeontological prospecting expedition with people from the University of Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland aided by Dugie

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Kettleton Byre with the kids

My youngest daughter, Alligin, does not so much ask for things as make demands. ‘Dad, when are we going to a bothy again?’ was her refrain for some of this winter, so the arrival of the school break made my

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Posted in Scotland, Trips

Bird surveying along the John Muir Way

Once a month the people who do Wetland Bird counts as part of the long-term British Trust for Ornithology WeBS survey scheme go out and record the birds on their site or sites. My sector of the Inner Firth of

Posted in Birding, Trips

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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Al is a Hill and Moorland Leader and has also completed the Expedition Skills module
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