The first ever meeting of Scottish VW Californias took place in mid-November at a cold and decidedly icy campsite in Blair Atholl. Here are four of them, with Lydia nearest. It was a great chance to meet up with other members of the VW California Club – the UK California Owners’ Club – to have a nosy at other people’s vans and to talk … Read More Scottish Cali Meet
With winter upon us I thought I’d dust down a previous trip report to whet the appetite for climbing Scotland’s munros in snow. Some days, the right ingredients for a memorable walk just come together. This report describes one of Scotland’s best-loved hills, magical scenery and light, and rare glimpses of majestic wildlife. I had ‘saved’ Buachaille Etive Mor for many years for a … Read More A Winter’s Walk on Buachaille Etive Mor
I’m always intrigued to understand what motivates people to climb Scotland’s munros, mountains of 3000ft (914.1m) or over. With 282 to climb it’s not exactly an insignificant challenge (!) but clearly, not everyone you meet up a hill is aiming to climb them all. You literally meet all sorts out on the hills – from all ages and backgrounds – all enjoying the outdoors … Read More What kind of munroist are you ?
So yesterday saw the launch of Scottish National Trail, running from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders to Cape Wrath in the far north. At 470 miles this will be the longest trail in Scotland and the second longest in the UK (tipped by the South West Coast Path at 630 miles). It’s great to see this first National Trail being launched, created by well … Read More Scotland’s new National Trail
There is an apochryphal story of an American couple passing through Milngavie who became aware that it had a pronunciation to confuse most tourists. So they thought they’d ask a local. When having lunch they asked the waitress: “Can you tell us how you pronounce the name of this place and say it slowly so that we can pick it up“. The obliging lass said, … Read More Top 10 Scottish place names
I did a bit of research to try to discover if there was a definitive listing of Scotland’s most popular munros. I found lots of discussion threads where people have suggested their favourite munros but the nearest I got to a definitive listing is Walk Highland’s list of most climbed munros, based on submitted trip reports (312,000 at the time of writing). 10. Ben … Read More Top 10 Popular Munros