Tag Archives: Cairngorms

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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Me and Carole King on Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac

THE big mistake of the day is to gaze at the horizon and mouth the words: Way Over Yonder. This rattles a brain cell that has lain happily dormant for about 35 years, and before I’ve left the car park … Continue reading

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