Tag: Scotland

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Chanonry Point’s new ‘Dolphin Shuttle’

    Scotland’s Moray Firth coast is home to the most northerly colony of bottle nosed dolphins in the world and Chanonry Point is possibly the most famous – and best – place to see them from land.  I’ve visited with my family a few times and had a fantastic time seeing the dolphins just offshore. It’s a popular place to visit and unsurprisingly, it can get … Read More Chanonry Point’s new ‘Dolphin Shuttle’

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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

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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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Scotland from space

On the 25th February 2018 the International Space Station took an absolutely stunning photo of Scotland from space.  While you need to tilt your head (or your screen) sideways a bit to align it with the usual map view of the country, you can make out individual mountain peaks, highlighted in the snow. At the time, the country was gripped in a period of … Read More Scotland from space

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The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

Have you ever travelled from Kinbuck to Kinabalu?  No, me neither.  But I’m going to have a good go (sort of …). At the beginning of the year I committed to simplifying my life and spending my precious free time doing the things I really enjoy, which for me includes walking, cycle touring and camping.  By ‘simplifying’ I mean consolidating my hobbies: focusing on … Read More The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

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Skye – Photo book competition

The Isle of Skye has a special place in Scots’ hearts.  It’s a land forged from hard, jagged rocks, often swirling in cloud, that evokes wildness, mystery and grandeur.  Rich in history and culture, its communities now depend on crofting, tourism and whisky for their livelihoods. I’m delighted to announce the second of my collaborations with Allan Wright, a well-known Scottish landscape photographer, in which … Read More Skye – Photo book competition

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Chasing the ‘super blue blood moon’

For the first time since 1982 this week we were treated to the spectacle of a ‘super blue blood moon’.  It was a chance to see the convergence of three rare events: a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse, which turns the moon a blood coloured orangey-red. A supermoon is when there’s a full moon that happens when the moon is … Read More Chasing the ‘super blue blood moon’

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Galloway – A photographic portrait

I’m pleased to be teaming up with Allan Wright, a well-known landscape photographer, to showcase a new book he’s published on Galloway.  If you’re a fan of Galloway then read on since I also have free copies of his book to give away to two lucky readers. I’m a fairly recent convert to the quiet charms of Galloway, having enjoyed recent visits to the … Read More Galloway – A photographic portrait

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Lismore’s tranquil charms

My recent excursion to the island of Lismore was book-ended by two encounters with the local Church of Scotland Minister.  A stern chap, he only shared a brief ‘hello’ with me on our second meeting.  Since I was kitted out head to toe in protective gear, bike in hand, I briefly entertained the thought that he might disapprove of people cycling on the Sabbath … Read More Lismore’s tranquil charms

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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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Looking back on 2017 and plans for 2018

A Happy New Year to you! As I look out of the window this afternoon heavy rain is falling on already waterlogged ground.  The fire’s on and instead of being outside I’m spending some time reviewing last year’s outdoor and blogging activities and looking ahead to what might be in store for 2018. 2017 – The ups Looking back at some of my most … Read More Looking back on 2017 and plans for 2018