Wickerman Festival

Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A rather different type of outdoor activity this weekend. To celebrate the occasion of Mearnsey Boy’s stag doo we journeyed to sunny Dumfries-shire to enjoy the Wickerman Festival. The famed southwest microclimate didn’t disappoint, dispensing bright sunshine from a blue sky.I was most impressed by the festival itself. It was a good size, yet it […]

Lewis and Harris now a viable weekend venue!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in Commentary, Islands | No Comments

I was delighted to learn that last Sunday, the 19th of July 2009, marked the first Sunday sailing between Stornoway and Ullapool. My friend Kris and I spent a Sunday in Stornoway during a hitching trip round Scotland in 1993. There was little to do and had there been a ferry we would have left […]

Isle of Erraid

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Climb, Islands | One Comment

Caught in my torch beam, a tiny plover chick crouched low to the sand and froze. All the colours of its adult plumage were mirrored in its coat of fluffy down. The thin golden ring round its neck sparkled like tinsel. I looked up to prospect the much anticipated midnight wade across the sound of […]

Is shandy a sports drink?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Bike, Northwest Highlands | One Comment

The idea of loading of loading my bike up and setting off on an adventure directly from home has always appealed to me. Last weekend I had the opportunity to indulge myself – my friends Paul and Robin have been working on a project to cycle the north and west coasts in a series of […]

Pioneering Puffins on Handa Island

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Islands, Nature | One Comment

Back in June we took a trip to the Handa Island nature reserve. It is located off the northwest coast, near to the village of Scourie. Access is granted by a small motorboat capable of carrying ten or so passengers. It was the prospect of viewing puffins that drew us there. I am very glad […]


Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Landscape, Nature | No Comments

The banner photo above was taken when descending from Ben Cruachan after a day’s winter climbing. For a few moments we stood transfixed as the alpenglow turned our world a deep, vivid pink. As the weak February sun sank lower the colour faded away as suddenly as it had appeared. Among the purple shadows and […]