Celebrating the Summer Solstice in Gairloch

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Camp, Northwest Highlands | 2 Comments

View north from Big Sand, near Gairloch The longest day is a very special time and one that always provokes mixed feelings. A mild euphoria that it is, to all intents and purposes, constantly light. A sense of disbelief, for these long days are ephemeral; by the time the lightness has been accepted it is […]

Another MTB traverse of the Cairngorms: Aviemore to Blair Atholl

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Bike, East Highlands | 3 Comments

  Former bridge at Carnachuin in Glen Feshie     In 1971 the Italian alpinist Reinhold Messner wrote an essay entitled ‘The Murder of the Impossible’, in which he criticised the trend among some mountaineers of the time of drilling holes in the rock to allow the fixing of expansion bolts. His objection was that, by using […]

Carn nan Tri-tighearnan: enjoy the view before the Moy windfarm comes.

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in East Highlands | One Comment

Look carefully and you will see an innocuous looking mast,  harbinger of a 19 turbine wind farm development on the Moy Estate. This week I feel inspired to write a celebration of my local hills, the high moors that rise to the southeast of Inverness. As far as I know the region as a whole has […]