Category: Escape

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Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 2

Located 40 miles off the Scottish mainland in the North Atlantic Ocean, reminders of how different life is in the Outer Hebrides are never far away.  It’s often the place that feels the brunt of Atlantic storms, and experiences them first.  And with its big skies, low lying land and exposure to fierce westerlies, the weather has a huge impact on daily life. On … Read More Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 2

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Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 1

It’s a scene straight out of a remake of Whisky Galore.  As the last notes of the ceilidh band fade away the high-spirited locals spill out into the street, a glass in one hand and the other arm around their partner.  The hubbub gradually subsides as most people pile into a minibus to take them back to town, and as the impromptu car park … Read More Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 1

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Escaping the crowds on Streap

A forecast of warm, dry weather while work had temporarily slowed down provided the perfect opportunity for a short break away.  Plan A was to go south to the Lake District but fully-booked campsites put pay to that idea.  So for Plan B I set my sights set on the white sand beaches of Morar and the Corbetts near Glenfinnan. It seemed that a … Read More Escaping the crowds on Streap

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Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

Did you take part in ‘Takeback Tuesday’ this week?  Royal Mail dubbed Takeback Tuesday the day when people go back to work and take unwanted packages into a Post Office for return to the retailer.  It’s estimated that 15-20% of goods bought online are returned, worth £2.5bn in the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. What’s this got to do with the outdoors industry, you may be asking?  While … Read More Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

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Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018

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Guest post: Cycling Land’s End to John o’Groats via Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – A coastal journey along the western seaboard

I’m delighted to feature a guest post written by Martyn Howe, who blogs at http://www.Trailplanner.co.uk.  Martyn finds inspiration in big journeys by bike, on foot and by camper van. Fresh from having completed the 6,000 km North Sea Cycle Route, Martyn set off to cycle LEJOG.  But why take the obvious route?  Why not take a little detour through Ireland along the western seaboard?  … Read More Guest post: Cycling Land’s End to John o’Groats via Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – A coastal journey along the western seaboard

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The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

The circuit of the Beinn a’ Ghlo range of hills is considered a classic Scottish mountain bike route, a full 35-mile day out in a scenic and fairly remote part of Highland Perthshire.  If you’re looking for a circular route which is mainly on rough vehicle tracks – plus a pub and/or a chip shop at the end – then consider adding this one … Read More The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

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Cycling the Scottish C2C

As I lay I listened to the sounds of two fisherman exchanging anecodates and laughter in the warm, summer air while they packed up their gear.  They’d spent another Saturday evening in relaxed company fishing the Tweed at an altogether slower pace of life.  Then as the two car doors slammed shut and the roar of the car gradually faded away, these noises were … Read More Cycling the Scottish C2C

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A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

Having recently made the trip over to Ireland to climb its 3,000+ foot mountains I thought I’d put together a short overview of the logistics behind my trip.  I spent quite a bit of time carrying out research on the web and in print and really struggled to find much good quality information. Coming from Scotland, where munro-bagging is a hugely popular hobby, we’re spoiled … Read More A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

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Brandon Mountain

    Standing proud towards the end of the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland is Brandon Mountain.  It’s the most westerly of Ireland’s 900 metre ‘munros’, in County Kerry. In these parts, all place names and landmarks are in the Irish language and so you’ll find Brandon Mountain marked as Cnoc Breanainn (or Brendan’s Hill), after Brendan the Navigator who was … Read More Brandon Mountain

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A lazy summer’s wild camp

      Lazy summer days are perfect for wild camping. With yet another weekend of warm, sunny weather I had itchy feet.  I’d been cooped up in an office all week and had to get out into the hills.  But where to go?  Climbing a mountain felt just too much like hard work in the hot sun.  Driving an hour or so felt … Read More A lazy summer’s wild camp

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Top Scottish campsites for scenic views

  As schools break up for the summer and this glorious spell of warm, sunny weather is continuing, why not make some plans to visit some of Scotland’s fantastic scenic campsites? VisitScotland has been analysing Instagram hashtags, and cross referencing these to some of the most popular family-oriented campsites in Scotland, as voted by TripAdvisor users.  Their results highlight twelve most scenic campsites right … Read More Top Scottish campsites for scenic views