Ski touring Fionn Bheinn (Achnasheen)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Northwest Highlands, Ski | No Comments
Ski touring Fionn Bheinn (Achnasheen)

Approaching the summit of Fionn Bheinn Ask a child about their ambitions and they will tell you that they want be an astronaut or a Formula 1 driver. As I age my ambitions become increasingly mundane and attainable. One was achieved on Saturday, the ski descent off the back of Fionn Bheinn. The last time I […]

Return to Glenbeg bothy

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Bike, Bothy, Northwest Highlands, Walk | 2 Comments
Return to Glenbeg bothy

Bothying can seem to be a timeless, invariant pursuit, a chance to exchange our ever-changing, data filled world for one that our great-grandfathers would recognise. The reality is somewhat different: bothies come and go with surprising regularity. The last time I visited Glenbeg there were two bothies to choose from: we stayed in the first, a […]

Yet another night march to Maol Bhuidhe

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 7 Comments
Yet another night march to Maol Bhuidhe

Four approaches to Maol Bhuidhe. This year’s from Strathfarrar (red), 2011’s from Killilan via Coire Dohmain (green), 2010’s from Attadale via Bendronaig (blue) and the original from 2008 or 2009, from Killilan via Iron Lodge (orange). Regular readers of this blog will be accustomed to the annual night march to Maol Bhuidhe, perhaps Scotland’s most […]

A scorching day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Northwest Highlands, Walk | One Comment

The old Road to the Isles, looking towards Cluanie Last Friday provided a rare combination of fabulous weather and the opportunity for a spot of hillwalking. We decided on the South Glen Shiel Ridge, originally hoping to knock off the full seven Munros. However a later than intended start, a drive that took longer than […]


Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Camp, Northwest Highlands, Science | 2 Comments

The Cuillin of Skye from near Applecross   After a series of weekends that have been spent close to home it was a delight to spend a cracking weekend at Applecross, amid great seascapes bordered by the pyramids of Skye and the mesas of Raasay.  It was a weekend that blended novelty and familiarity, time […]

Ben Wyvis Ski Tour

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Northwest Highlands, Ski | 3 Comments

Ben Wyvis from the Culloden Battlefield Ben Wyvis is prominent in the view northwards from Inverness, but it is nowhere near as close as it looks. Despite being over 30 miles away by road it is still the local Munro for residents of Inverness and one that I have been up on quite a few occasions. […]

Another night march to Maol Bhuidhe

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Bothy, Northwest Highlands | 6 Comments

Maol Bhuidhe and a snow-dusted Lurg Mhor Maol Bhuidhe bothy lies in the heart of the great roadless quarter between the Road to the Isles to the South and the Lochcarron road to the North. It is a strong contender for the title of Scotland’s Most Remote Bothy, and this inaccessibility, coupled with the many references […]

Benighted on Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Camp, Northwest Highlands, Walk | 10 Comments

Mullach na Dheiragain from near the summit of  Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan   I panted my way to the summit of Mullach na Dheiragain at 2030 hrs.  After fueling up on trail mix I rummaged in my pack for my head torch. The prospect of benightment didn’t concern me in the slightest. After the short, light […]

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 […]

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 […]