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The advantage of camping near the summit of a hill is that you get some great sunsets and sunrises, without having to get out of bed.  I had walked very slowly up this hill one evening about three weeks ago, pitching my lightweight tent on a rocky knoll which was on the lee side of […]

Suilven from near Suileag bothy

A beautiful cloudless day for this ascent of perhaps the most iconic mountain in Scotland. Once below the north face of Suilven, the ascent route becomes clearer – a steep climb up a gully to reach Bealach Mor.  A bit loose and scrambly in places. The only thing for it is to select first gear […]

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A grand day out yesterday in the hills of Ardgour – not an area I’ve been to much in the past, due to its distance from Inverness. Sgorr Craobh a’Chaorainn was the first objective (see photo above) and a fine peak it is too.  A band of steep old snow got the adrenaline going on […]

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Spring is finally here, and although there is still much snow on the higher tops, some of the lower hills are starting to emerge from the permafrost of winter. Sgurr an Utha (796m) is a fine wee hill just north of the road from Fort William to Mallaig, and makes a great short day out.  The […]

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At last we have some high pressure building over Scotland, so this morning I was out first thing onto Ben Wyvis to see how much snow has built up in the corries.  As you can see from the photo above, some substantial cornices are building at the head of Coire na Feola. A temperature inversion […]

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A lovely day on the slopes of Druim Fada today, with deep snow underfoot.  This is a photo of the west flank of Ben Nevis from Druim Fada.  The “tourist route” can just be seen on the right side of the hill.

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A beautiful, and rarely-visited part of the Highlands.  It might look remote, but it is only three miles from the public road.  People have lived here for thousands of years – as evidenced by the many brochs and mounds on the hillsides and by the lochs. Here is a photo taken half an hour earlier, […]

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A cold day for a run on my local hill.  It is unusual for me not to get to the trig point, but today the upper track was filled in with deep snow, and it would have required an extra half-hour of hard slog to reach the summit. On the way back down I took this photo of the […]

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This pygmy shrew lives almost at the summit of Morrone, near Braemar, 820m above sea level.   Completely oblivious to my presence, and totally absorbed in the business of eating an insect.  An easy target for birds of prey – maybe that’s why we don’t see them very often. By now I guess he/she will be hibernating – this […]

Looking north to Inverness from Carn na h-Easgainn summit

The first two days of 2015 were rather windy here in Inverness, so we didn’t venture up any hills.  Today though things were a bit calmer, so we took the opportunity of a short hike to the top of our nearest Graham.  A beautiful day – but with a significant wind chill which the photo […]