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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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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized, Woodlands

When compasses go wrong: A tale from the Angus Glens

Shadow, our dog, and I headed for the hills via Jock’s Road from Glen Doll. I’m still getting Shadow used to the bigger hills and longer distances. We’d done a drive up best forgotten through roadworks and heavy traffic in

Posted in Mountains, Navigation, Scotland, Trips

Completed Mountain Training Expedition Skills module

Over the weekend of the 7-8th of May I underwent my training and assessment for the Mountain Training Expedition Skills module with Mary Matthews, who runs Mountains and Wildlife. Mary is based in Kincardine and uses the surrounding hill areas

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Qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader

My abilities to run trips into more remote areas was bolstered by my successful completion of Mountain Training UK Hill and Moorland Leader award during three days of assessment in the Ochils and Pentlands. I will be completing an Expedition

Posted in Geological Walks, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook

The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook. Michael Allaby. 1987 MacMillan London. 224 p. Although almost 20 years old, this is a gem of a book that I picked up second-hand. For those from a MTA background it is like having a

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Book review: Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland

Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland. Steven Fallon. Pocket Mountains. 192 pp. Declaration of interest: The author and I are members of the same hill-running club. Don’t be misled by the title, this is a worthy addition to the

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