Cairngorms: Camping in Glen Quoich

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Bike, Camp, East Highlands | One Comment

Camping amid the remnants of the Caledonian Forest in the Southern Cairngorms Of the many outdoor blogs that I read Will Gadd’s is one of my favourites. He did a post of top tips last year that stuck in my mind. Not because I agreed with  most of them but because I agreed and disagreed in […]

Culra Bothy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Bike, Bothy, East Highlands | One Comment

Culra bothy with Ben Alder beyond I’ve been wanting to get into Culra for quite some time so when a couple of friends announced that they were heading in for the weekend I decided to join them for a night and have a day on the hill. I left home after dinner and arrived about […]

A Lightweight Epiphany in Glen Affric

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Camp, Northwest Highlands, Walk | 2 Comments

The one that got away. Mam Sodhail and Carn Eighe from the ridge of Sgurr na Lapaich, 23rd April 2006 It may seem contradictory for one who purports to take a dim view of the pastime of Munro bagging to keep a careful record of his own ascents, but that is exactly the position in […]

Badrallach and Beinn Ghobhlach

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Camp, Northwest Highlands, Run | One Comment

Beinn Gobhlach My first visit to Badrallach was over ten years ago. It was a one night stopover en route to Coigach and Assynt, so we didn’t adequately explore the surroundings. On revisiting at the weekend I was extremely impressed, both by the campsite and by its environs. Badrallach is a tiny crofting community occupying […]

Renewable energy – could tidal power supply all the UK’s electricity?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Climate, Commentary, Science | 4 Comments

I seem to spend an increasing amount of time engaged in debates with my work colleagues about renewable energy. Usually we exchange a few half-remembered and unverified ‘facts’ until two or more clearly contradictory statements emerge, at which point we retreat from the topic, muttering about checking facts and getting  to the bottom of the matter […]