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A lost soundscape revisited this morning

Shadow the dog and I were out to the west of Liberton Brae this morning. As we threaded our way out through the converted farm building of Liberton Tower Mains and stopped to watch a hovering kestrel, the lack of

Posted in Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

Get in the van!

The photos I’ve posted so far have been pretty focused on the team either doing pathwork or us on off time. However, to get a team of 5 or 6 people and all of their tools and personal equipment to

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Posted in Palaeonotology, Scotland, Trips

Arty b&w photos of abseil training near Diabeg, Torridon

My first experience of abseiling was when I was about 14 at the old Strathclyde Council Outdoor Centre at Arrochar, which I think is now an Army Outdoor Centre (anyone in Joint Services Mountain Skills or the Army Adventurous Training

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Posted in Climbing, Scotland, Trips

An Old Ne’er Day Review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019

The year has turned, by whichever of a selection of old European calendars you want to use, and the light begins to come back to the higher latitudes. In Scotland, today is the first day of the New Year. However,

Posted in Geological Walks, Mountain Training, Navigation, Scotland, Trips

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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Posted in Outdoor first-aid, Scotland, Trips

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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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips

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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Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Trips

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
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