Category: 14 for 2014

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14 for 2014 #14 – Cook a gourmet meal in a camper van

I’m delighted to say that I’ve finally completed all of my 14 for 2014 challenges ! It took me a while to get around to completing this one but thanks to our annual St Andrew’s Day public holiday – the annual Christmas shopping day for some of Scotland’s public sector employees – I instead used it to have an enjoyable day out with my wife … Read More 14 for 2014 #14 – Cook a gourmet meal in a camper van

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14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

That ‘end of the road’ feeling is weird.  With me, there’s normally a mix of anticipation, relief and a slight whiff of an anticlimax.  You look forward to wondering what you’ll find, you certainly look forward to the journey ending and expectations are often dashed when you get there and think: “Oh … okay … is that it ?”. This was precisely how I … Read More 14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon

I’d long wanted to go to Applecross in North West Scotland and needed a good excuse to visit.  So when I came across the Applecross Duathlon when researching adventure races it was an easy decision to include it as one of my ’14 for 2014′. This post is in three parts.  Anyone who’s ever been to Applecross will tell you about the infamous road over the … Read More 14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon

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14 for 2014 #11 – Try sea kayaking

I dipped my toes into the water so to speak when I bought myself an inflatable kayak a few years ago.  This seemed a fairly easy introduction to kayaking: relatively less expensive, no need for roof bars to transport the kayak and a good way of learning basic paddling skills.  I’ve been quite content ‘messing about’ on the water and have really enjoyed using … Read More 14 for 2014 #11 – Try sea kayaking

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14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

When I added “Go on a kayak/camping trip” to my 14 for 2014 at the start of the year I had no idea how I was going to achieve it.  It just sounded like a great adventure: pack a tent, a stove and some food, then paddle across some water to wild camp on an island. I’d done something similar a few years ago … Read More 14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

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14 for 2014 #9 – Climb the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe

The three Corbetts that make up the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe – Sgurr na Ba Glaise, Rois-Bheinn and An Stac – have views that are perhaps unmatched across the whole of the Western Highlands.  While not quite of Munro height they nevertheless tower above the surrounding land and on a sunny day provide spectacular views across Loch Ailort, Morar and out towards the islands of Eigg and … Read More 14 for 2014 #9 – Climb the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe

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14 for 2014 #8 – Watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

At the beginning of the year I set out 14 challenges I wanted to achieve during 2014.  This was a fairly obvious one given the focus of attention on Glasgow in hosting the 20th Commonwealth Games. This week has been pretty hectic but we’re taking a day off from watching the Games today.  On Tuesday my son and I took the shuttle bus up to … Read More 14 for 2014 #8 – Watch the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

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14 for 2014 #7 – Do a bungee jump at Killiecrankie

I can highly recommend Killiecrankie as a convenient jumping off point if you happen to be travelling on the A9 between the Central Belt and Inverness.  It just so happens that Garry Bridge, over the Killiecrankie gorge, is one of the two places in Scotland that you can go bungee jumping.  It’s run by Bungee Jump Scotland, with the other location being the Titan … Read More 14 for 2014 #7 – Do a bungee jump at Killiecrankie

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14 for 2014 #6 – Take part in a family cycle ride or event

  While visiting family last week in Northumberland the boys took a day trip to Kielder Water and Forest** to try out the new mountain bike trails.  I was impressed.  Kielder is certainly a well organised centre and we had a great day. Before we got started, though, Lydia’s homing device took her to park right next to an immaculate blue and white splitscreen … Read More 14 for 2014 #6 – Take part in a family cycle ride or event

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14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

  Wild camping up high can’t be beaten, particularly if you have clear weather and views.  I’d never purposefully climbed a mountain simply to see the sunrise and so it seemed appropriate to add it to my 14 for 2014. Five of us headed up Ben Ledi, one of our local hills – my nephew and his girlfriend, my son and my wife on June … Read More 14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top