Tag: Scotland

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Book review: Scottish island bagging

There’s something definitely beguiling about islands, bringing to mind the swathes of history that have washed their shores.   As ‘places apart’ from the mainland they’re often distinguished by their distinctive natural environments and sites of special cultural and historical significance.  For outdoors folk of course, islands have an immediate appeal as places for adventure, challenge and exploration. Scottish Island Bagging, the new book by … Read More Book review: Scottish island bagging

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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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2018 Review and plans for 2019

  New year.  New beginnings.  New adventures. This time of year I like to reflect.  In the quiet days of early January I take a look back at my aspirations for the year just gone, celebrating what I achieved and chalking up to experience what I didn’t.  But it’s also a time when I collect ideas, make plans and dust down my bucket list … Read More 2018 Review and plans for 2019

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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

A storm in an inset box

The media has taken great delight this week in announcing that the Scottish Parliament has passed a law banning public bodies from showing Shetland in an inset box.  The Islands (Scotland) Bill aims to outlaw the practice (by public authorities at least) of  positioning Shetland just north of the Moray coast and east of Orkney.  In fact, the islands are around 150 miles from the … Read More A storm in an inset box

The essence of Scotland

  Take just two minutes to enjoy this video of the essence of Scotland. Nate paid a recent visit to Scotland from California and got in touch to share the cool video he’s made.  It was great to hear that he’d made good use of my blog to find out about places to go while touring the country. How many places can you recognise?  … Read More The essence of Scotland

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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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Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

In my book a good day sack is functional, lightweight, suitable for multiple activities and comfortable.  With one minor modification – easily addressed – the Montane Halogen 33 comfortably ticks all boxes. I’ve been testing out the new rucksac over the summer during a round of Ireland’s highest mountains as well as on a Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition.  It’s performed very well and … Read More Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac