Category Archives: Islands

What was the first time you saw climbers on a big cliff. Cir Mhor Arran.

My friend in Arran Kirsty Smith @KirstieSArran put up a great black and white photo of Cir Mhor in Arran it is so thought provoking . It brought back great memories I was only about 10 and had a day … 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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Masirah – Desert Rescue memories .

I was posted to Masirah after a tour at RAF Kinloss. I was devastated at the time as I was really happy at Kinloss with the Mountain Rescue Team and it was the beginning of another winter. Masirah was a … Continue reading

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Colonsay – a visit this week and in 1978 Sept – A Dutch military Atlantic aircraft Crash. A night in a cave and a tale like! Whisky Galore”

I had previously been in Colonsay in 1978. It was for a French military Atlantic aircraft that had ditched on the sea. It was part of a big NATO exercise at the time. 14 September 1978 – A Dutch surveillance … Continue reading

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The Shackleton Crash on 30 April 1990 – The Isle of Harris.

The RAF Mountain Rescue was formed during the Second World War to rescue aircrew from crashed aircraft in the mountains of the UK. To this day the 3 RAF Teams that still survive are still called to carry out some … 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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Aircraft crash sites some information.

March 21 – Aircraft Crashes some information and Guides. Recently there has been some folk seeking information on aircraft crashes in Scotland and other area in the UK.  I was a member of The RAF Mountain Rescue that was founded … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite ferry to a UK island ?

I was always taken to Arran for my holidays. The minute we were on the ferry the holiday started it was magical. As you got closer and saw the peak of Goatfell it was to a wee boy mind blowing. … Continue reading

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Professor Norman Collie and John Mackenzie honoured with bronze sculpture

It was great to see that the incredible statue to these two giants of Mountaineering is now completed and is on place at Sligachan with great views onto the Skye Ridge. It has been 17 years in the making. What … Continue reading

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