Tag: Scotland

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Wouldn’t it be cool to own a VW camper van ?

This is a question that has been uttered by many people across the world, I’m sure.  This post could also be subtitled “my personal journey to owning a VW camper van” since it tells the first part of my story to researching and testing out various versions of VW campers.  In my next VW camper vans post – Act 2 – I’ll review the … Read More Wouldn’t it be cool to own a VW camper van ?

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Top 10 Roadside Pubs in Scotland

There’s nothing more inviting at the end of a day sightseeing or walking in the mountains than a cosy pub with a roaring fire, good food and good beer.  You know the kind of place – real ales on tap, great locally-produced food and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of pubs to choose from – over 5,150 at the last count.  (Why did … Read More Top 10 Roadside Pubs in Scotland

Top 10 Remotest Munros

Much of the enjoyment of climbing Scotland’s munros, it’s distinct mountain peaks over 3000ft, comes from ‘getting away from it all’.  This is an opportunity to get (way) off the beaten track and discover parts of Scotland you otherwise would have little reason for visiting. The December 2012 issue of TGO Magazine features a series of articles on Wild Britain including a nice article … Read More Top 10 Remotest Munros

Scottish Cali Meet

  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

A Winter’s Walk on Buachaille Etive Mor

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

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What kind of munroist are you ?

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 ?

Scotland’s new National Trail

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

Top 10 Scottish place names

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

Top 10 Popular Munros

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