Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Jane and Maggie at the summit of Goatfell for the very first time.
Or is it on top of the world!

An Teallach

I met Sam on a beautiful Sunday morning to climb An Teallach. A grand day out!
Up on the ridge the mist came and went, but I managed a couple of views from the summits :
1. Sam on Bidean a Ghlas Thuill
2. Looking to the Fisherfield hills from Sgurr Fiona.
3. Sam on the col

Gleinn Dubh

Sadly, we weren't so lucky with the weather the next day. Too wet and windy to enjoy Ben Mor Coigach so we went exploring up wild Gleinn Dunham and beyond......

2 more picd

Just for good measure.....


What a wonderful day on this fabulous mountain with Kay and Isobel!
Glorious weather, fantastic views!


Three days later I was heading back to the north-west to meet Kay and Isobel at Inchnadamph.
It was a bright, fresh day with great visibility so I stopped off on the way up the A9 to climb Meall na Leitreach and the Sow of Atholl.
The next morning I left Ullapool YH in lashing rain and high winds, but by lunchtime (after a detour to the Lochinver Pie Shop!) it was dry enough to tempt me out of the car and up the Allt Nan Uamh past the Bone Caves and onto the flanks of Braebag. A damp, cold mist rose and fell, tempting me with glorious views to the west past Canisp and Quinag before closing in again.
I did, however, manage this shot of Conical and Ben More Assynt.

The Fannaichs

Later on in August bad weather and swollen rivers meant I had to cancel a planned trip into Fisherfield with Sheena and her friend, but we headed north anyway with a plan to bag some of the Fannaich Munros instead.
Setting out from Loch Droma we had a good day, in challenging conditions, on An Coileachan, Meall Gorm, Sgurr Mor and Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich.
On the way south the following day we had a cold, bright climb up Meall Chuaich,   pausing politely on the hill to allow a grouse shoot through.
So the girls got their 5 'ticks' though the Fisherfield Munros have still to be conquered!
Photo :
Looking east from Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich

Two of the most spectacular views in the Western Isles :
Cuillin Ridge from Elgol, Isle of Skye
Luskentyre Beach, Harris

Island travels

In fact it turned out that I spent a large chunk of the summer island hopping, and enjoying some glorious Scottish weather!

I guided two 10 day trips to Orkney and Shetland for About Argyll, along with a 2 week tour of the Western Isles when the sun seemed to shine on us most of the time. Travelling from Arran in the south, through Argyll to Mull, Iona and Staff a, then on to Skye, Harris and finally Lewis.

Photos :
Fethaland, Shetland Isles
Holy Isle