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30th April 2020 This photo was taken from our house on the outskirts of Inverness, showing Ben Wyvis twenty miles to the north-west. I can’t go there just now, but have been able to watch the snows gradually melting over the last few weeks of lock-down. Tha mi ‘n dòchas nach bi e ro fhada […]


An enjoyable circuit of Ben Wyvis from Garbat. This photo was taken from a feature which I call An t-Sròn (The Nose in English) which is a promontory jutting out over Coire Mòr. It is about 10 minutes jog from the trig point to get here, but very few ever make it this far – […]

Glascarnoch from the slopes of An Cabar

Ben Wyvis looked very inviting this morning – all in white and with only high cloud above. Only snag was it was about -8 by the time I reached the ice rink of a car park near Garbat. Well, let’s have a go anyway! I put on the microspikes at the car park, and jogged […]

Gleann na Muice

  Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to take a run up Gleann na Muice, above Incheril.  A beautiful glen which has been thoughtfully replanted in recent years, and also has a much improved footpath up to its head.  I continued a little further to reach Lochan Fada, at the very edge of the vast […]

First footing . . . 5th January 2016

This is the first proper hill I’ve been up so far this year.  Geal Charn, 917m, above Drumochter Pass. Ok, it was only a short run up from Balsporran Cottages (just visible in the photo), but on a cold and windy day I was happy just to run/power walk up a straightforward Munro, touch the […]

A review of the summer

The summer months have fairly flown by – it is always a busy time of year, and 2015 has been no exception.  What has happened? Well, the most frequented summit has been Ben Nevis, with nine visits to the summit cairn, and several other forays to lower points on the hill.  It has been great […]


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.


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 […]