Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cairngorms Ski Centre 5th December 2010

Cairngorms Ski Centre, 5th December 2010.

Skiing and snowboarding conditions in Scotland don't come much better than at the Cairngorms Ski Centre on 5th December 2010. Looks like it's going to be a great year!

Cairngorm mountain December 2010.

Skiing in the Cairngorms, December 2010.

For self catering accommodation in Aviemore, try Creag Mhor (sleeps 4) or Lochan Mor (sleeps 8).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A wintry walk in Perthshire

I enjoyed a lovely wintry walk in Perthshire yesterday. The trip from my Office at Perth Airport to my home in Guildtown shows off Perthshire at its best and backs its claim as 'Big Tree Country'.

Enjoy the walk!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Grounded at Perth airport 29th November 2010

Grounded at Perth airport, 29th November 2010.

Unseasonal November weather causing chaos in Scotland and no hope of anyone flying at Perth Airport!


Calm before the storm.

Going nowhere!

Certainly glad that's not my car!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Walking Cul Mor 13th November 2010

Walking Cul Mor 13th November 2010.

How can I describe two excellent November days walking in Sutherland, Scotland. We climbed the corbett of Cul Mor on the Saturday providing great views of one of my all time favourite hills in Scotland, Suilven. We then couldn't resist getting a different perspective of this iconic mountain, so we enjoyed a super Sunday on Canisp. If you haven't tried walking in this part of Scotland, you really should!

Our accommodation at the Naismith Hut was first class. Thanks to the SMC for maintaining this superb facility.

Suilven from Cul Mor, Sutherland.

Suilven from Canisp.

Summit rocks, Canisp, 14th November 2010.

Canisp, 14th November 2010.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bishop Hill and Loch Leven from Vane Farm walk

Bishop Hill and Loch Leven from Vane Farm walk.

A great day out on Friday 29th October 2010, with a visit and walk at Vane Farm Nature Reserve, Loch Leven, followed by a walk up Bishop Hill on the other side of the Loch.

We were well impressed by the set up at Vane Farm with cameras covering the Loch, providing excellent views of the myriad of wildfowl. A nice warming plate of soup set us up for the woodland walk behind the Reserve, providing great views over the Loch. A distant Bishop Hill, one I've always wanted to climb, wavered in and out of the mist, but we were glad to climb it later and could only imagine what superb views could be had on a clearer day.

Near the Summit of Bishop Hill.

Kinnesswood below Bishop Hill.

Birnam Hill from Newtyle Hill 17th October 2010

Birnam Hill from Newtyle Hill, 17th October 2010.

It's good to get a different perspective of a hill from its neighbours, and we enjoyed the views to Birnam Hill from Newtyle Hill on a lovely Autumn afternoon. The trees around Birnam and Dunkeld are beautiful at any time, but the Autumn season surely sees them at their best. I particularly love the shapes of an oak wood and the subtle colour changes. Just magnificent!

Birnam from Newtyle Hill.

Oak Wood at Dunkeld.

View to Loch Morlich 23rd October 2010

View to Loch Morlich 23rd October 2010.

Lovely walk around Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park on Saturday 23rd October 2010. A nice even track takes you round the Loch in less than two hours. Although the cloud was down on the Cairngorms, there is still much to enjoy!

Meall a'Bhuachaille across Loch Morlich.

Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Enjoying the Cairngorms National Park

The Angels Peak.

It never ceases to amaze me how uplifting an experience it is to visit the Cairngorms National Park. A weekend wild camping in August 2010 combined the humbling experience of walking in such a unique landscape with the joy of witnessing so many enjoy the outdoors.

Whilst our pleasures of walking, camping and nature watching were fully met, many others were climbing, mountain biking and even paragliding! The Winter ski resort of Aviemore certainly has more to offer all year round!

Remember it's not too far from the Angels Peak to the Devils Point!

The Devils Point.

Luibeg Burn.

Stacan Dubha above Loch Avon.

Loch Etchachan.

Young Gull on Loch Etchachan.

A happy hour spent watching the mother and two young gulls on Loch Etchachan!

Reindeer on Ben Macdui.

Paragliding from Cairngorm.

Cycling on Cairngorm.

Climbers in the Cairngorms National Park.

Camping in the Cairngorms National Park.

Ben Macdui Summit.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Walking Creag Mhor Cairngorms Scotland

Walking Creag Mhor, Cairngorms, Scotland.

A nice walk in October 2007 over Cairngorm to the Corbett of Creag Mhor, returning by Coire Raibeirt.

Shelter stone cliffs, Loch Avon, Cairngorms.

Loch Avon, Cairngorms from Coire Raibeirt.

Loch Avon, Cairngorms National Park.