Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sutherland Scotland Canisp


Sutherland Scotland Canisp.

The Corbett of Canisp in the Sutherland region of Scotland. To book a Cottage in the Sutherland area, please click on the link, Sutherland Cottages.



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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sutherland Scotland Ben Stack


Sutherland Scotland Ben Stack.

The superb Graham, Ben Stack in the Sutherland region of Scotland.



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Monday, December 29, 2008

Sutherland Scotland Arkle


Sutherland Scotland Arkle.

The Corbett of Arkle in the magnificent Sutherland region in Scotland.



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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Glencoe Scotland The Lost Valley


Glencoe Scotland The Lost Valley.

To find a suitable cottage in the Glencoe area, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Lochaber, Loch Ness and the Great Glen.



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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Glen Etive Scotland



Glen Etive Scotland.

Glen Etive is one of my favourite Glens in the whole of Scotland. Many of the mountains are iconic and the river is spectacular.





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Friday, December 26, 2008

Ian Scott at Dry Ski Slope Lagganlia


Ian Scott at Dry Ski Slope Lagganlia.

Ian Scott runs the successful Activity Centre at Lagganlia near Aviemore. Pictured here at the dry ski slope, the Centre offers an outstanding array of activities and Outdoor Education.

For Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Aviemore area, please click here.



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Hilton Lodges at Coylumbridge Aviemore


Hilton Lodges at Coylumbridge Aviemore.

The superb Hilton Lodges at Coylumbridge near Aviemore. If you'd like a week there in October ring 01738 633989 for details.

If you'd like alternative Self Catering Holiday Cottages, please click here for online booking.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Walking tracks at Rothiemurchus Aviemore


Walking tracks at Rothiemurchus Aviemore.

There is a comprehensive area of walking tracks on the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore. As well as the marvellous Cairngorm mountains, gentle walks can be enjoyed through the Ancient Caledonian Pine forest at Rothiemurchus.

For Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Rothiemurchus Area, please click here.



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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cycle tracks at Rothiemurchus Aviemore


Cycle tracks at Rothiemurchus Aviemore.

There are miles and miles of cycle tracks at Rothiemurchus near Aviemore. As well as cycling through the Ancient Caledonian Pines, there is now a cycle route to Glenmore and Loch Morlich.

For Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Aviemore area, please click here.


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Ancient Caledonian Forest Rothiemurchus looking to Lurchers Crag Cairngorms


Ancient Caledonian Forest Rothiemurchus looking to Lurchers Crag Cairngorms.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hilton Lodges Coylumbridge Aviemore


Hilton Lodges Coylumbridge Aviemore.

Having fun at the fabulous Hilton Lodges at Coylumbridge Aviemore. This particular Lodge is available for time share purchase - a week in October in the Scottish school holidays.

For this offer Call us on 01738 633989.


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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kyleakin Harbour


Kyleakin Harbour.

A Scottish 'Summer' day on the Isle of Skye at Kyleakin Harbour.

To find a suitable cottage near Kyleakin on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.



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Friday, December 19, 2008

Recommended Base Layer


Recommended Base Layer.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Recommended Walking Socks


Recommended Walking Socks.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Recommended Jackets


Recommended Jackets.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Recommended Headtorches


Recommended Headtorches.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Recommended Overtrousers


Recommended Overtrousers.


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Recommended Sleeping Bags


Recommended Sleeping Bags.

Rab sleeping bags are recommended by William Henderson, Expedition Supervisor on the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Recommended Tents


Recommended Tents.

Vango tents have one of the best ranges and are recommended by Jim Murray of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Recommended Aviemore Holiday Home Testimonial January 2008


Recommended Aviemore Holiday Home Testimonial January 2008.

January 2008 - Nicholls and Stanley

Lovely cottage, sylish and comfortable. Fantastic weather (lots of snow). Hope to be back sooner rather than later. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone! The place is fantastic – clean and very nicely furnished.It is a very warm and welcoming place, everything we could have asked for and we didn’t want to leave. We will most certainly use Creag Mhor again when we visit Aviemore.Once again, thanks for allowing us to stay at Creag Mhor." - Rich and Tracey




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Recommended Walking Boots


Recommended Walking Boots.
Meindl are one of the most reliable walking boots as recommended by 'old Gordon' the rambler from Perth.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Recommended GPS


Recommended GPS.

I use the Garmin etrex which is fairly simple but reliable.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winter Walking in Scotland.



Winter Walking in Scotland.

Winter walking in Scotland can be really wonderful. Pick the right conditions and weather and you can be in a Winter Wonderland.

Seen here climbing the munro of Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe in April 2008, Norrie Shand enjoyed one of his favourite days on the Scottish Hills.

One of the best areas to find the snow is on the Cairngorm plateau due to its 4000 foot status. Aviemore makes a perfect base to explore the Cairngorms and quality accommodation at reasonable prices can be found in the Winter season.

Visit Scotland this Winter and have the experience of a lifetime!



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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Isle of Skye Old Man of Storr


Isle of Skye Old Man of Storr.

The fantastic Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye is well worth the short climb to wander amongst it's marvellous rock formations. Not far from Portree, make sure you pay it a visit when on the island.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click here.



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Monday, December 8, 2008

Neist Point Isle of Skye


Neist Point Isle of Skye.

Neist Point on the Isle of Skye is a superb viewpoint and well worth a visit.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.




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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Macleods Tables Isle of Skye


Macleods Tables Isle of Skye.

Macleods Tables on the Isle of Skye provide a gentle walk with beautiful views.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kilt Rock Isle of Skye


Kilt Rock Isle of Skye.

The superb waterfall in front of Kilt Rock on the Isle of Skye.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.




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Friday, December 5, 2008

Flora MacDonald Grave Isle of Skye



Flora MacDonald Grave Isle of Skye.

The grave of Flora MacDonald, a brave woman who aided Bonnie Prince Charlie in his hour of need. The Isle of Skye has many interesting places to visit.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.



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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Broadford Basin a haven for wildfowl Isle of Skye


Broadford Basin a haven for wildfowl Isle of Skye.

Broadford basin offers a wonderful haven for wildfowl - there were a number of Brent Geese taking a rest on the Isle of Skye on their long journey south.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.




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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recommended Binoculars


Recommended Binoculars.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Skiing in Aviemore Cairngorms November 2008


Skiing in Aviemore Cairngorms November 2008.

Photo taken on a wonderful day in November 2008, skiing in the Cairngorms near Aviemore.

If you're looking for accommodation in Aviemore then Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

Call 0845 1284888 for last minute booking and late availability.



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Monday, December 1, 2008

Skiing in Aviemore Winter Snow 2008


Skiing in Aviemore Winter Snow 2008.

If you'd like to Ski in Scotland this Winter then Aviemore is the place to come.

It looks like more snow forecast in 2008, so there should be some excellent skiing.

If you're looking for accommodation then Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

Call 0845 1284888 for last minute booking and late availability.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Budget Accommodation at Great Glen Hostel Scotland


Budget Accommodation at Great Glen Hostel Scotland.

Formerly the Loch Lochy Youth Hostel it's great to see that the property remains as Budget Accommodation as the Great Glen Hostel. The SYHA have sold off a few Hostels in Scotland in recent years and they are not always maintained as Budget Accommodation.

Handy for Loch Ness and with so many outdoor activities in the area it is perfectly placed. Hillwalking, cycling, fishing, sailing or Nature watching it's got everything!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Budget Accommodation at Broadford Youth Hostel Skye Scotland


Budget Accommodation at Broadford Youth Hostel Skye Scotland.

I've used the budget Accommodation at Broadford on the Isle of Skye a number of times and found it to be one of the best in Scotland. Run by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association, it is perfectly placed to explore the Isle of Skye. It is very popular so remember to book well in advance.

To find a suitable cottage on Skye, please click on the Cottages4you ad and choose Region Skye and the Isles.



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Friday, November 28, 2008

Budget Accommodation at Aite Cruinnichidh Hostel Roy Bridge Scotland



Budget Accommodation at Aite Cruinnichidh Hostel Roy Bridge Scotland.

Hidden down next the river near Roy Bridge, Aite Cruinnichidh offers Budget Accommodation at one of the best locations in Scotland.

Aite Cruinnichidh Hostel is a warm comfortable, friendly country hostel in a converted barn. Set in stunning mountainous surroundings near Roy Bridge, Fort William. Ideal location for walking, climbing, canoeing, and mountain biking, with 7 rivers for paddling within 20 miles of Àite Cruinnichidh.

The Hostel offers Budget Accommodation and bookings can be made by contacting 01397 712315.



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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Walking in the Trossachs Scotland


Walking in the Trossachs Scotland.
A group walking along a right of way heading for Balquidder in the Trossachs, an area of mountains and lochs in the centre of Scotland.

People are often surprised that there are rights of way in Scotland, but anyone who enjoys recreation in the countryside is bound to have used them frequently. Many of the most famous routes in Scotland are rights of way, for example the Lairig Ghru, Glen Tilt, the Minigaig Pass, the Gaick Pass and Jock's Road.

The story of the Society may be traced back to 1845, although rights of way have existed in one form or another, for example as drove roads, for many centuries. At that time landowners in Scotland were becoming increasingly jealous of their possessions and ordinary folk were being prevented from walking in the countryside. The citizens of Edinburgh, angry at these restrictions, called on their Lord Provost, Adam Black, to convene a public meeting at which a motion was passed which in effect called for a right of access to the countryside.

Following this meeting, the Association for the Protection of Public Rights of Roadway in and around Edinburgh was formed, and within two years it was involved in one of the most celebrated cases in the history of access in Scotland. John Balfour, an ardent supporter of the newly founded Association and professor of botany at Edinburgh University, organised field studies for his students in the Highlands each summer. In 1847 he led a group from Braemar down Glen Tilt, where he met the Duke of Athole and his ghillies barring the way. An acrimonious encounter ended only when Balfour and his students climbed over a dyke and ran off down the glen. The lengthy lawsuit which followed vindicated the right of way through Glen Tilt, and also established the Association's role as defender of the public's interests in such cases.

Forty years later the Association, by then renamed the Scottish Rights of Way and Recreation Society, became involved in another famous legal battle. A party from the Society led by Walter Smith set out on an expedition through the Mounth and Cairngorm glens to signpost rights of way. In Glen Doll it was intercepted by the keepers of the landowner, Duncan Macpherson, and the subsequent lawsuit was only finally settled in the House of Lords. The ruling confirmed the status of Jock's Road as a right of way, but it left both the Society and Macpherson bankrupt, such was the cost of litigation.

At that time the Society had three MPs among its directors and, dismayed by the cost of the Jock's Road case, they advocated a much simpler and less expensive procedure for the settlement of rights of way disputes as part of the Scotland Local Government Bill of 1894. Unfortunately, this was unsuccessful and the cost and complexity of rights of way litigation has remained since then as a major obstacle to the resolution of disputes. The Bill made local authorities responsible for rights of way matters, and the Society's role was consequently diminished.

One of the three MP directors was James Bryce, and with the support of the Society he sponsored three Access to the Mountains (Scotland) Bills, but without success. Bryce had a breadth of vision which enabled him to recognise the importance of rights of way while at the same time he campaigned vigorously for freedom of access to the mountains. Probably he realised that the existence of rights of way through the Highland glens made it virtually impossible for landowners to exclude hill-climbers from their estates, where they could enjoy a considerable degree of freedom of access to the hills. Even Walter Winans, the wealthy American who in the 1880s rented the land from Cannich to Kintail each summer for stalking and posted sentries to intercept travellers, had to recognise this, as is recorded by Sir Hugh Munro in his SMC Journal writings.

In the early decades of the 20th Century the Society was relatively inactive; it was involved in a dispute in Glen Tanar concerning the rights of cyclists on pedestrian rights of way, but the case was settled out of court and so did not provide a valid precedent for cyclists' rights. Signposting of rights of way was carried on, but these efforts were lost in the Second World War when all signs that might help German invaders had to be removed.

During the 1930s the leading activist in the Society was its chairman, A.E.Robertson. After his completion of the Munros, he devoted much of his energy to walking the long-distance paths and tracks of the north-west highlands and his pamphlet on this subject published in 1941 was an invaluable record of these routes before the hydro-electric engineers flooded many of the glens in the 1950s. From 1930 to 1934 Robertson carried on a long dispute with the owner of the Coulin estate in Torridon, who denied the existence of the age-old right of way across the Coulin Pass from Achnashellach to Kinlochewe. Robertson negotiated an alternative way that avoided the policies of Coulin Lodge, but the Forestry Commission subsequently overplanted this and the accepted route has reverted close to its original line.

Since 1945 many rights of way have been lost under densely planted forests and the rising waters of hydroelectric reservoirs, and promises to reinstate paths remain unfulfilled. In addition to these obvious effects, there has been a continuous gradual erosion of rights of way due to changing agricultural practices, building developments and the influx into Scotland of landowners who have no knowledge or respect for our traditions of access. However, there can be no doubt that but for the work of the Society, the loss of rights would have been greater than has been the case, and its compilation of a Catalogue of Rights of Way has created for the first time a complete record of known routes. At the same time the revival of the signposting work has provided clear evidence on the ground of the vast network of paths that are part of our heritage.

The new access legislation introduced by the Scottish Parliament in February 2005 has altered the scope of the Society's remit and activities. The change of name to the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (Scotways for short) makes clear the intention to be involved in access matters in general and not just rights of way as in the past. The Society will continue to co-operate with local authorities, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Paths For All Partnership, the Ramblers Association and the MCoIS for the benefit of all people who want to enjoy walking, climbing and similar recreation in Scotland's countryside.

To become a right of way, a route has to meet certain legal conditions; in particular, it must have been used by the general public for at least 20 years and must link two public places (usually public roads). Rights of way vary from long hill routes (often historical drove or kirk roads) to local routes used for walking the dog or as short cuts to shops, schools and other local amenities.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Skiing Aviemore Cairngorms April Holiday Availability


Skiing Aviemore Cairngorms April Holiday Availability.

Skiing Aviemore Cairngorms February Holiday Availability.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

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Parallel Roads Glen Roy Scotland Glaciation


Parallel Roads Glen Roy Scotland Glaciation.

The Parallel Roads in Glen Roy in the Highlands of Scotland are a remarkable feature of the Glaciation 10,000 years ago. The 'parallel roads' are the shorelines of lochs or lakes formed due to glacial ice blocking the valley.

Glen Roy is renowned for canoeing and sees many visitors, even on winter days. Had it not been for the corbetts and grahams hidden within the valley, I doubt whether we would have ventured along this fabulous Glen.

I would recommend a detour to visit it - head North from Roy Bridge near Spean Bridge and you'll not regret it!

The book Hostile Habitats has a section on Glaciation as well as a wealth of information on Flora and Fauna. It is one of my favourite books.






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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms Late Availability April


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms Late Availability April.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms Last Minute April


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms Last Minute April.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Lodges


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Lodges.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Holiday Homes


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Holiday Homes.

These two Holiday Homes in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Cottages


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Cottages.

These two Cottages in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Chalets


Ski Scotland Aviemore Cairngorms April Skiing Chalets.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms in April. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland then Aviemore is the place to come and these Lodges beat chalets hands down!

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Alfresco at the Struan Inn Calvine


Alfresco at the Struan Inn Calvine.

During the summer we spent a superb afternoon at the Struan Inn Calvine dining alfresco. It's a nice place to stop on the way up to Aviemore.

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Ski Scotland Aviemore April Skiing Accommodation


Ski Scotland Aviemore April Skiing Accommodation.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore April Holidays


Ski Scotland Aviemore April Holidays.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in April then Aviemore is the place to come for your Ski Holidays.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

The Northern Ridges of Beinn Fhada


The Northern Ridges of Beinn Fhada.

A superb walk - the Northern Ridges of Beinn Fhada in Kintail.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008


Hill of the Dog Beinn a' Choin.

Appropriately named as Blaven gets closer to corbett compleation!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hart Fell summit Blaven the Corbett Bagger


Hart Fell summit Blaven the Corbett Bagger.

Yet another tick on the way to compleating the corbetts!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Carn na Soabhaidhe corbett bagging


Carn na Soabhaidhe corbett bagging.

Blaven the Golden Retreiver bags another corbett.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beinn Fhada summit


Beinn Fhada summit.

The munro of Beinn Fhada in Kintail.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Skiing Aviemore Cairngorms March Holiday Availability


Skiing Aviemore Cairngorms March Holiday Availability.

Late Availability.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in March then Aviemore is the place to come.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ski Scotland Aviemore March Skiing Accommodation


Ski Scotland Aviemore March Skiing Accommodation.

These two Lodges in Aviemore are available for late booking for skiing holidays in the Cairngorms. If you'd like to Ski in Scotland in March then Aviemore is the place to come and this accommodation is the place to be.

Lochan Mor Lodge sleeps 8 and Creag Mhor Cottage sleeps 4.

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