Heading up to the hills.Appreciation of Nan Shepherd.  

Hopefully I have recovered now from the Friday walk and I hope to head away to the hills ! I hope this weather holds. It is incredible weather just now and the air so clear. 

It was an easy day yesterday and the weather was superb but the body was needing a rest! I still managed a wander along the coast what an evening with a superb sunset. The seals were out in the harbour and in the Moray Firth and the sea so calm. It was incredible watching the sun set and the views were outstanding. 

It has been a day of catching up and enjoying the future!  I have been getting a lot of the new £ 5 notes and I impressed that it has Nan Sheperd on it a great writer. Sadly it was only recently that I read this book it is as described a masterpiece !

The photo above of Nan Sheperd an incredible lady on the new £5 notes.

“It’s a grand thing, to get leave to live.”

Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain

This note features Nan Shepherd, a Scottish novelist and poet from Aberdeen who loved walking about Scotland’s mountains.

“Nan is just really special,” says Rebekka Bush. “She is quite recent and her writing is really really beautiful. It was very much about being at one with the landscape and the mountains – not conquering them by marching up to the top and planting a flag there – but living with them and being part of the land instead.

“Her writing is really quite beautiful and inspiring.”


In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

A great read ! 

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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