Tag Archives: Scotland

Days Like This, No 6: Ciste Dhubh – a Highland Jewel

RAIN drumming on a flysheet. Condensation dripping on damp clothes. Another day begins in the Highlands – a day with clouds hugging the treetops and few prospects of fine mountain scenery . . . About these ads

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Days Like This, No 1: The Aonach Eagach Ridge

THE Aonach Eagach is one of the most exhilarating high-level walks on the British mainland. The ridge forms the northern wall of Glencoe and stretches in a line of imposing crags from the foot of the glen to the pass … Continue reading

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Memories – Misty, Water-Coloured and Unreliable

Even the best and the clearest of mountain memories cannot be relied on . . . Continue reading

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South of the Border, Down Cheviot Way

A walk along the boggy border between Scotland and England . . . 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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A Final Voyage

YOU can see Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England – from the forecourt garden of the terraced house in which I spent my early childhood. From the back garden of the bungalow the family moved to when I … Continue reading

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