Isle of Jura backpacking and snake charming

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in Camp, Islands, Walk | 7 Comments

The wild, uninhabited west coast of Jura captured my imagination when I glimpsed it between fleeting clouds from the summit of Beinn Shanntaidh two years ago. We returned at the weekend and made two traverses from the road on the east coast to the west. The first skirted the northern flanks of the Paps to Glanbatrick […]

Hilltop camp on Maoile Lunndaidh

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in Camp, Northwest Highlands | 4 Comments

Maoile Lunndaidh summit cairn, 0300 hrs There’s been plenty outdoor action this summer but no lightweight overnight dogwalks since April, when I tested my one man tent in Glen Affric. Ever since writing about the solstice a couple of weeks ago I’ve been like a coiled spring, possessed by a burning urge to take full advantage […]

Some thoughts on land ownership

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Commentary, Landscape | 3 Comments

Recently added fence on the summit of Carn nan tri-Tighearnan, a very visible symbol of land ownership I can vividly remember the first time I became fully conscious of the concept of land ownership. It was 1998 and I was sitting in a cafe cum bookshop in Antigua Guatemala, relaxing with a litre bottle of […]