Category Archives: Wildlife

Self Reliance ( meaning “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”) on the mountains a few thoughts.

It is what many of us call this is the “silly season” it’s already started in my mind. The daylight hours are now shortening and the weather changing. Mountain Rescue Teams are getting busy as the weather, daylight catch folk … Continue reading

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Windy walk at times on An Ruadh – Mheallan the Little Red Hill ( A Graham near Beinn Alligin

The plan was to climb Beinn Alligin at Torridon but the winds were forecast pretty high. So we opted for a pathless Graham opposite the big Munro . From it you can see a another side of the Munro Beinn … Continue reading

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Time to check your gear for winter?

The picture was taken in 1972 after I had been in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team for a few months. I had just done my first winter. That was some introduction for a 7 stone wee lad . Every … Continue reading

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Animal Rescues. Sheep at Applecross and the Bull on the Five Sisters ridge at Kintail.

My first animal rescue was around Applecross near the Cioch Nose where several sheep had got stuck on steep crags. Seemingly it was an annual event and a few of the Kinloss Team were sent up to help. As a … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Outdoors more make it a family affair! More great advice from Mountaineering Scotland

I have always tried to encourage young people and families to get out on the hills and wild places. I was lucky as I was introduced at an early age by my parents . We had great holidays and adventures … Continue reading

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Kinloch Castle up for sale on Rum!

Sorry no blogs as I was over on the West Coast and the internet was down. It’s sorted now ! I see Kinloch Castle is up for sale on the Island of Rum. I have great memories of the Island. … Continue reading

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Adders on the hills be aware! Have you seen one ? Clegs – the “silent assassins” there’s lots about!

I spoke to a friend yesterday whose wife saw an adder on Morven in the far North of Scotland in Caithness . (Morven is a mountain in Caithness, in the Highland Region of Scotland. The hill is classed as a … 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 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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Slowing down? It means more time to look around away from the hills. A visit to “Ring of Bright Water country” to ease the legs. Ticks be aware !

I find nowadays that after a day on the hill I enjoy a “recovery wander” in the local area if I am away from home. I was at Arnisdale this weekend on Beinn Sgreathill and we had to be in … Continue reading

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