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Slouching towards e-Commerce at Hills of Hame to offer some discounted urban walks on 4, 11 & 18 November

  The sun is shining here in Edinburgh,the air is pleasantly chilly and I am looking out of the window at the southern side of Salisbury Crags and the Lion’s Haunch and Sampson’s Ribs from the window while I work

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

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

Tale of a cragfast geology student from Strabeg bothy book

Are you sitting comfortably? If you’re responsible for people on field courses, you might not be at the end of this story I chanced upon in the Strabeg bothy book. The reporter is Lorraine McCall, who completed a continuous round

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Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Navigation, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh’s seaside- Seafield, Portobello, Joppa

The car had been booked in for a service, so Shadow and I went out to drop it off and visit his old pre-adoption part of Edinburgh, Seafield. My previous experiences in the area have mostly been running or geology-related.

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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

Running wild with Jenna

Today was the Carnethy Hill Running Club Junior-Senior relay, which involves teams of 3, one of whom is a junior member of the CHRC who cuts off down a gully before final push to the ridgeline of Turnhouse Hill. Four

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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

Reading the Gaelic Landscape (Leughadh Aghaidh na Tire)

Reading the Gaelic Landscape. John Murray. 2014. Whittles Publishing. 232 p. Most of my walking and other outdoor activities are done in Scotland. I did some Scots Gaelic with the University of Glasgow in the mid-1990s while on the dole

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Book Review: Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes

Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage. 2002 An attractive booklet with many colour photographs, clear text and a smattering of illuminating quotations. The introductory section summarizes the geological events that produced the different rock types, within a nod to

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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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