Friday, April 30, 2010

Glen Roy river crossing

Glen Roy river crossing.

Cona Glen Scotland

Cona Glen, Scotland.

View to Cona Glen from Meall nan Damh.

Cona Glen in Scotland.

Burn crossing in Scotland

Burn crossing in Scotland.

When walking in Scotland, you should always plan your route to avoid crossing burns or streams which may rise suddenly after heavy rainfall. However well you plan though, there is always an occasion when your feet will get wet! Unless that is you are determined to avoid a soaking!

Crossing the burn in Glenfinnan.

Hydro generation at Glenfinnan.

Rainbow at Glenfinnan Scotland

Rainbow at Glenfinnan, Scotland.

I think we see a rainbow once every two or three walks in Scotland, this one appearing at Glenfinnan in August 2009.We enjoyed a walk over the Grahams of Meall nan Damh and Glas Bheinn. The day started out fairly wet, but as often happens in the West of Scotland, the skies clear to provide a lovely afternoon and evening.

We had a few risky burn crossings, using a fallen tree at one point, but the high rainfall in this Glen has been harnessed for Hydro power. Just as we finished the walk we spoke to workmen trying to get the plant to work again as the rainfall had been too high and caused a failure!

Glenfinnan from Glas Bheinn.

Glas Bheinn from Meall nan Damh.

Maps by Bing Maps.

River Shiel West of Scotland

River Shiel, West of Scotland.

Loch Shiel covers a vast area, and is normally pictured from Glenfinnan. The outflow of the River Shiel is a beautiful area, crowned by Tioram Castle.

Outflow from Loch Shiel West Scotland

Bridge over the River Shiel.

Causeway to Castle Tioram.

Castle Tioram.

Map by Bing Maps.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Walking on South Uist

Walking on South Uist.

Oreval on Isle of Harris

Oreval on Isle of Harris.

View West from Harris.

Tirga Mor, Isle of Harris.

Oreval, Isle of Harris.

Monday, April 26, 2010



The Galloway hills make for challenging walks over rough country. Millfore can be approached from the South from Black Loch, using the forestry track for the first two Kilometres. Thereafter you take to the hillside over tussocky ground which becomes easier as height is gained.

Nice views from the summit over some colourfully named features! Nick of Curleywee, Rig of the Jarkness and Buckdas of Cairnbaber to name but three.

Lamachan Hill and Curleywee from Millfore.

Loch Dee from Millfore.

Loch Avon Cairngorms National Park

Loch Avon, Cairngorms National Park.

Super walk in the mountains around Loch Avon in the Cairngorms National Park. The scale of the Cairngorms is just breathtaking, allowing one to wander for days without meeting anyone.

Descending to Loch Avon.

Stacan Dubha, Beinn Mheadhoin.

Creag Mhor Aviemore

Creag Mhor, Aviemore.

Review of Holiday Cottage by Nina @Smirnie71

'Everything about this experience has been a joy from booking through to follow up after our stay and we've only just got back! The bungalow is beautifully appointed, all mod cons including a fab dishwasher and washer/drier which made life a lot easier after a muddy day on the hills. The ambiance is great, it's warm and welcoming and I loved all the books on mountains, travel literature collection and back copies of TGO - a walkers paradise and with access to Aviemore so easy, we couldn't ask for more! I can't wait to go back to such a beautiful part of the world and when I do, it'll be to Creag Mhor! By the way, I came across this place thanks to Twitter - follow @walkscotland for loads of info on all things Scotland and Walking!' Smirnie71, Shropshire‎

Loch Dee Glen Trool Scotland

Loch Dee, Glen Trool, Scotland.

A lovely remote Loch in Glen Trool, Loch Dee can be viewed from the Southern Upland Way long distance path in the South of Scotland.

Loch Dee.

Descending Curleywee.

Loch Dee through the mist.

Strange stone in Scotland

Strange stone in Scotland?

Came across this beautiful polished stone in Glen Trool yesterday! Can anyone comment on its origins?


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Lamachan Hill

Lamachan Hill.

What a great area for walking around Glen Trool! The Southern Upland way goes through this rugged part of Scotland, and there's always a surprise round the corner!

Our targets for the day were achieved without a view, but the walk up Lamachan Hill was enjoyable nonetheless!

Larg Hill.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Robert The Bruce Stone 1307

Robert The Bruce Stone 1307.

Saturday, April 24, 2010



Friday, April 23, 2010

Five Sisters of Kintail from Ratagan

Five Sisters of Kintail from Ratagan.

Which Beach in Scotland

Which Beach in Scotland?

Walking Ben Alder Scotland

Walking Ben Alder Scotland.

The Devils Point Cairngorms National Park

The Devils Point, Cairngorms National Park.

The magnificent munro, The Devils Point, is prominent as one approaches along the Lairig Ghru. It is normally climbed from the path behind Corrour Bothy. I certainly wouldn't like to approach it directly!

Corrour Bothy beneath The Devils Point.

The Devils Point from Lairig Ghru.

Bob Scotts Bothy Derry Lodge Lairig Ghru

Bob Scotts Bothy, Derry Lodge, Lairig Ghru.

The rebuilt Bob Scotts Bothy at Derry Lodge is a cracking place to spend the night in the Cairngorms National Park. On the route through the Lairig Ghru to Aviemore, it is a first class Bothy with a superb stove and plenty fuel. If you prefer to camp, the area around Derry Lodge next to the river is a superb spot.

Derry Lodge, Lairig Ghru.

Bob Scotts Bothy, Lairig Ghru.

Cairngorm Club Footbridge Lairig Ghru

Cairngorm Club Footbridge, Lairig Ghru.

There is a fantastic network of paths in the Rothiemurchus forest near Aviemore. One of them leads on to the Lairig Ghru, the long distance path through the Cairngorms to Braemar. The day started well on 22nd April 2010, with the sun shining through the trees, but gave way to snow showers at the head of the pass. An important reminder to be well prepared for walking in Scotland, however nice a day it is!

Lairig Ghru path near Aviemore.

Rothiemurchus footpath network.