Tag Archives: Cairngorms

The Glyders – And a Descent into Hell

THE Glyders are two of the highest and most spectacular mountains in Snowdonia, and a traverse of the ridge between the peaks should be high on any walker’s agenda. It’s been on mine for decades, I’ve just never got round … Continue reading

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In Praise of Scotch Pies and Carn á Chlamain

A man needs sustenance in the mountains. There is nothing finer than a Scotch pie . . . Continue reading

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Beinn Dearg – A Teenage Dream

I LIKE Beinn Dearg. It’s a mountain with character way out in the backcountry. And I like the sound it makes when people pronounce its name correctly. It’s like the call of a bird or the noise of a rock … Continue reading

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Marching as to War – on Beinn á Ghlo

BEINN Á GHLO is a fine massif. It rises above Glen Garry in a series of stony peaks and ridges that swoop into wild country away to the east. There are three Munros in this majestic group of hills – … Continue reading

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First Class Ticket to Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ

A LAND-ROVER track runs all the way to the summit of Glas Tulaichean. Purists would lash themselves with nettles rather than contemplate such a route. My cherished Scottish Mountaineering Club guidebook suggests an ascent up a neighbouring ridge through tussocky … Continue reading

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Devils’ Points and Angels’ Peaks

Climbing the Devil’s Point, Cairn Toul and the Angel’s Peak – and Queen Victoria and fish suppers . . . Continue reading

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Carn á Mhaim and the Wondrous Eco-Friendly Toilet

Carn á Mhaim is a fine mountain. And there’s a fine rest room, in the middle of nowhere, at its feet . . . Continue reading

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Driesh, Mayar and a Ruin in Glen Clova

Whisky, ruins, and a climb in the mist up two Munros . . . Continue reading

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Mount Keen, The Mounth, and a Pan of Polish Borscht

Mountain climbed, you need good food to finish the day . . . Continue reading

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The Smell of Men (Monadh Mor and Beinn Bhrotain)

There’s smoke on the wind – and the unmistakable aroma of men who have spent the night in a bothy . . . Continue reading

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Snakes Alive on Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn

There’s a snake in the grit. It’s an adder. And there’s an old man with gold teeth and a raven with black beady eyes. Must be time to eat a scotch pie . . . Continue reading

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On the Road from Dundee

YOU drive for hours along weary roads to quiet mountains. And as midnight strikes you chance upon a remote lay-by in the middle of nowhere – a place to snatch some sleep. But officialdom has left its mark in the … Continue reading

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