Category Archives: Flora

My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … Continue reading

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The silent world of the walk out from Ben Alder Cottage – where has all the wild life gone.The industrial clearance of trees made some of the forest look like a bomb site?

As we wandered back through Ben Alder Cottage it was a stunning morning. We walked out along the path now partly frozen then the track through forestry and cleared areas. We all remarked how few animals we had seen. Of … Continue reading

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End of a few days in Arran Cir Mhor via the Saddle and a “dook “ in Glen Rosa.

This was our last full day on Arran we were away early to Glen Rosa for a wander up Cir Mhor a grand hill from the Saddle. It was very warm and Glen Rosa means so much to both of … Continue reading

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A short visit to Ayr and at last a trip to Arran. Looking forward to a good few days.

It was great to see family in Ayr and visit old haunts but it was a short visit as I was heading for Arran in the afternoon. I left the car in Ayr and got the train to Ardrossan the … Continue reading

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A sea of Cloudberry on Ben Rinnes a visit to the Crash site, great views on our busy wee local Corbett.

My friends Babs her pal Kay and “young Derek” aged 79 were going for a walk to Ben Rinnes yesterday. I thought I might be able to meet them at 1000 after my hospital appointment in Elgin. It would be … Continue reading

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A stunning day on Beinn Sgritheall one of the continuously steep Munros.

I had been asked by my friend Kalie to come on a “Last Munro party” of one of her pals to Arnisdale to climb Beinn Sgritheall. It’s a big hill that dominates the village and from here you can see … Continue reading

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Beinn Eighe – early start to make the best of the weather. First Munro’s for a while ( over a year). A visit to the Lancaster crash in Corrie Mhic Fhearchair.

“Any chance of a day out on the hill” I get these questions now and again. I have a friend who joined the RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team in the 80’s as a very young lad when I was Team … Continue reading

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Covid Blues?

I am so lucky I live in Moray with so much on my doorstep. I have the sea the forest and grand walks and cycles all on my doorstep. Sadly we have to stay in Level 3 for a bit … Continue reading

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Colonsay – The Whale sculpture.

I listen to the news that so many folk want to go abroad for a holiday yet in Scotland there is so much to see. How many miss out ? I was very lucky to get a break with my … Continue reading

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The weather is changing again . Another lovely day in the West.

It looks like we are going to get some rain this week the ground needs it. Everything is so dry but it’s been a lovely few days in the sun after a long winter. ☀️ As I said there are … Continue reading

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