Four Highest Cairngorms Hill Run

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in East Highlands, Run | One Comment
Four Highest Cairngorms Hill Run

“The more books we read, the sooner we perceive that the true function of the writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence . . . All excursions into journalism, broadcasting, propaganda and writing of films, however grandiose, are doomed to disappointment.” Cyril Connolly, from Nicholas Shakespeare’s biography […]

At the loch side

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Run, Southern Highlands and Argyll | No Comments
At the loch side

The first heat of the morning sun swept a light frost from the path as I approached the shore of the bailiff’s loch, Loch a’Bhaillidh, from the shade of the surrounding forest. My thoughts were far away, in the mountains, imagining the same rays transforming neve to granular spring snow and the swish of skis. But now, at the […]

Plan A: Coll and Tiree by bike. Plan B: Coll by bike and Mull by van.

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Bike, Camp, Islands, Run, West Highlands | 6 Comments

Traigh Feall at the western end of Col   The Isle of Bute is, as the tourist board have long maintained, a beautiful island. But is not Hebridean. It lacks that Hebridean magic, the great luminosity which Murray attributed to light reflected from the surrounding sea. That Bute belongs to the B list of islands became clear […]

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 […]

Running, Grouse, Windfarms and National Parks

Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Commentary, Landscape, Run | No Comments

Frequently updated blogs can easily become annoying, but Will Gadd’s is an exception. Reading his thoughts on training made me feel slightly lazy, so I decided to convert my guilty indolence into useful action. I enlisted Tam the dog to accompany me on my favourite hill run, taking in the rounded summit of Beinn Bhuidhe […]