Category: Corbetts


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


Appin’s sparkling peaks

Draped in a snowy winter coat the Scottish mountains provide an irresistible allure for walkers.  White-topped hills gleam against a deep blue sky, sparkling in the crisp, cold air.  They invite challenge, adventure and the surefire certainty that a day climbing mountains in winter will provide highs and lows not experienced in the summer months. If last weekend was anything to go by I … Read More Appin’s sparkling peaks


Overnighting on Quinag

    I was in an expectant mood as I drove north.  A large area of high pressure was due to cover the UK and bring fine, dry and settled conditions.  Just perfect, I thought, for a wild summit camp, ticking off three Corbetts followed by an afternoon’s cycling.  Even if the scattered clouds didn’t give a clear sunset there was still the prospect … Read More Overnighting on Quinag


The magic of friluftsliv

    There are times when you just want to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.  And for me the outdoors is just the perfect way to escape from ‘life’ for a little while, before returning with a renewed perspective. Last weekend was one of those times.  After the stresses of a work week commuting and the miserable-ness of leaving home and getting … Read More The magic of friluftsliv

Walking on a sea of cloud

Some days really are very special, and last Sunday was one of them. I’d arranged to meet up with Will Copestake, the 2015 UK and Scottish Adventurer of the Year, who’s currently doing a winter round of the Corbetts.  (To find out more, read my previous blog post featuring his #ColdestCorbetts trip).  We were also joined by Bruce Macaulay, Anne Seifert and Ruaridh Withington … Read More Walking on a sea of cloud


The ‘Coldest Corbett’

  Will Copestake, the Scottish and UK Adventurer of the Year 2015, has just started a great adventure to complete a winter round of the Corbetts (Scottish mountains of between 2,500 to 3000ft).  Having already completed a winter round of the munros in 2013/14 – after kayaking around Scotland’s coastline ! – this is certainly another challenging expedition which will take Will five months to … Read More The ‘Coldest Corbett’


Garbh Bheinn, Ardgour Corbett

  I set off across the Corran Ferry to Ardgour one gloriously sunny Sunday morning following the Scottish VW California meet in late May.  The deep blue sky and fluffy cumulous clouds reflected off the calm water.  Fort William had been bustling with the bank holiday crowds, but it took only a short ferry crossing to restore peace and quiet. The ferry carried just … Read More Garbh Bheinn, Ardgour Corbett


Beinn Trilleachan wild camp

      Sometimes the planning pays off and it all comes together.  I’d been looking forward to a winter’s wild camp – camped on snow with a star-filled sky – for perhaps a year or two.  Beinn Trilleachan, at the head of Loch Etive, was to tick all of these boxes. This was a quick 24-hour trip, leaving home Saturday lunchtime and back in time for lunch … Read More Beinn Trilleachan wild camp


Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett

August should be a time for relaxing summer walking.  It brings warm, dry weather and gives way to high summit camps and long, lazy evenings. I kept reminding myself of this as I drove north through the torrential rain, bouncing off the tarmac, and my wipers on double-speed.  But unfortunately, this summer – in Scotland at least – has been a very disappointing, wet … Read More Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett


Serendipity and Ben Vrackie

I recently heard a radio interview with a climber who had fallen while traversing the Skye Cuillin.  A fellow climber had heard his cries for help and contacted the emergency services, and Mountain Rescue were duly despatched and called a helicopter to take him to hospital. Several years later the two climbers met on a munro summit.  They got chatting, as you do, finding … Read More Serendipity and Ben Vrackie