Thursday, 31 August 2017

Braemar and beyond

Having a few days free earlier this month, I took myself off to Braemar to climb some Corbetts. After an early start from Ayrshire I reached Spittal of Glenshee in plenty of time to take myself up Ben Gulabin before driving further up the road to reach the summit of Creag nan Gabhar by mid afternoon.
The next day I set off from Linn of Dee to climb Sgor Mor via White Bridge in good weather. Once I'd climbed out of the glen the views opened up all around - north into the Lairig Ghru and towards Glen Luibeg and Ben Macdui Walking east on the broad ridge was a delight though it left a frustrating descent through heather covered slopes back to the start.
Carn na Drochaide from Glen Quoich was the hill of choice before the drive home the following day and, once again, I was rewarded with great views towards Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird and west along the River Dee.


A lovely day in July for a walk from Tarbet on Loch Nevis (reached by rib from Mallaig) west along the shore of Loch Morar. No sign of the monster but some great views of the Small Isles.

Glen Feshie to Glen Tromie (and back again!)

A view of Gaick Pass and Loch an T-Seilich from the summit of Meallach Mhor. Enjoying some views having tramped the 5km from Carn Dearg Mor in less than good visibility. The 3rd Corbett in the area, Leathad an Taobhain, was climbed a few days later in atrocious conditions!


I had a great couple of days in Glenuig guiding Kay and Liz on 4 Grahams at the end of June.
Day 1 was a long one with an ascent of Beinn Gaire and Croit Bheinn from Glen Moidart in great weather with lovely views towards Rum and Rois-Bheinn.  Tired but with a good hill day under our belts, we returned to Glenuig Inn for a tasty meal and a glass of wine.
Day 2 we tackled Meall nan Damh and Glas Bheinn to the north of Cona Glen. The weather was not so kind to us this time but we enjoyed another good day out.


Looking towards Goat Fell as I descended Holy Isle with a group in August

Islay and Jura

Evening light on the Paps of Jura from Port Charlotte.

Isle of Skye

It's still possible to have some quiet moments here, despite the crowds. This was the view to the Outer Hebrides from a cliff walk on Waternish.
Oronsay also pretty peaceful, and a nice view of the Cuillin Ridge

Loch Ericht

Fantastic views from the summit of Stob an Aonaich Mhoir were my reward for the 12km bike ride.....

Glen Roy

A view down Glen Roy from the 768m summit if Carn Dearg

Glas Bheinn

Andy and I took a stroll up Glas Bheinn from Kinlochleven on this beautiful day in April

Isle of Mull

Lucky again with the weather for two trips to Mull and Iona.


So far this season I've been lucky enough to visit beautiful Loch Coruisk twice in brilliant weather, and there's not been a lot of that.

The Old Man

Late May, and the some stunning views of the Old Man of Hoy taken from the Stromness ferry

Expedition time

Late spring into early summer - DoE season in full swing......