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Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks ridge in County Kerry has it all: wonderful views, great scrambling and a superb mountain environment.  I have to say that this combination, together with the fact that there are ten 3000ft summits along its ridge, made it one of my favourite mountain days over the last 20 years. The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks stand out in many ways.  First, they’re home to … Read More Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

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Lochs and Bens: A cycling tour of the Trossachs

“An exhilarating and hilly ride through the heart of the Trossachs – a classic roadie circuit featuring a big climb, quiet roads and outstanding scenery“.  This is how the cycling tour of the Trossachs is described by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and who am I to disagree? Within an hour’s drive of Glasgow and Stirling, the Trossachs is on … Read More Lochs and Bens: A cycling tour of the Trossachs

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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

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Exhilarating Eigg

I was fortunate to enjoy superb weather for my weekend on Eigg and, as I described in my previous post, I was blown away with the island.  Having climbed An Sgurr, Eigg’s prominent peak, in the morning I ventured to the north of the island for the rest of the day. Cycling is a great way to get around Eigg.  There’s one hill over … Read More Exhilarating Eigg

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The northern lights … also available in purple

Last weekend was a good weekend for viewing the aurora.  In fact, the lights showed up both on Friday and Saturday nights when Scotland was enjoying a rare period of high pressure with limited cloud cover. But the most remarkable thing about last weekend’s showing of the northern lights was that for the first time in my aurora-chasing experience, the lights on Saturday night … Read More The northern lights … also available in purple

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Hello aurora!

Last night the aurora came back for a brief visit.  The light show was slow to get going but for a brief five minutes the sky lit up and sent purple and green pillars reaching high up towards the stars. Charged particles from a coronal hole were forecast to reach the Earth yesterday and sure enough, once it got dark (around 9pm now that … Read More Hello aurora!

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Above the clouds

When high pressure’s in charge and there’s a foggy murk that casts a dark shadow in the valleys, it’s often a different world higher up.  Just climb a few hundred metres and you emerge from the darkness into the light: the sun shines brightly in a deep blue sky and there below lies a sea of fluffy white cloud. A quick jaunt up Dumyat … Read More Above the clouds

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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

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LEJOG – Final reflections

  So much has been written by others who have cycled end-to-end.  Everyone has their own story to tell and the range of experiences are so broad that generalisations are meaningless.  However, having already set out my ten practical hints and tips that I hope will be useful to those planning a LEJOG or JOGLE journey, I’m providing my own personal reflections on our … Read More LEJOG – Final reflections

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A beginner’s guide to renting a campervan or motorhome

Cool Camping have just published the first of two articles I’ve written for their website on hiring a campervan or motorhome and I thought I’d share this on my own blog.  This first article is all about planning a trip.  It includes how to choose the right rental campervan or motorhome to suit your needs, what facilities to expect, the cost involved and some essential … Read More A beginner’s guide to renting a campervan or motorhome

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100 Things to Do in Scotland Before You Die

I came across a list of the 100 Things to do in Scotland before you die, originally published in the Sunday Herald but available in full on the University of St Andrews website.  There’s also a pictorial version on Pinterest.  This list seems to be a mix of suggestions by famous Scottish celebrities as well as journalists. I think it’s really a pretty good … Read More 100 Things to Do in Scotland Before You Die

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Top 10 Campsites in Scotland

Scotland boasts some fantastic campsites among wonderful mountain and coastal scenery.  Whether you like to camp in pine forests, stay right on the beach with amazing sunsets, prefer to experience a village community with amenities on your doorstep or equally want to get away from it all on a secluded site on a Scottish island, you can find it all here. My Top 10 … Read More Top 10 Campsites in Scotland