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Sandwood Bay

August 07, 2018  •  2 Comments
Sandwood Bay is a remote beach in the far northwest of Scotland. It is isolated and beautiful with a fine bothy nearby that has an interesting history. After having walked four miles under grey skies across dark moorland, I was confronted with this view over Sandwood bay. In the distance, the top of the Cape Wrath lighthouse could be seen and th...
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Woodland Camp

July 21, 2018  •  2 Comments
Summer camping can be great in good weather, that is until the insects come out and eat you for dinner. Our weather has been positively Mediterranean for weeks, dare I say months? To take advantage of this Andy invited me to bivvy at a good spot that he has found in Devilla Forest. He also decided to bring his dog Bam, who is a lot bigger than my...
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Midsummer

July 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
In Scotland our weather is usually cloudy with plenty of rain - May and June of 2018 have been very different with clear skies and temperatures up to 30C. Being so far north, we are actually lucky to be surrounded by sea as the sea warms the land and prevents extremes of temperature. The tradeoff, however, is lots of rain and lots of wind. Some ye...
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Glen Affric

June 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Glen Affric is a beautiful glen of ancient Scots Pines and soaring mountains. I'd been there before, but it was time to revisit. Having a long weekend available, I decided to take a drive up to Glen Affric in November, for a couple of nights wild camping and to take some pictures. It's a four-hour drive from me to get there with a further two-hou...
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Skylarks in the Ochils

June 10, 2018  •  2 Comments
My wife is frustrated... It is not for the reason that you (the reader) will have immediately thought, at least I hope not, but the reason for my wife's frustration is due to her having a garden that has never been finished. My wife married a walker- that's me. This walker loves to be out in the countryside and gardening, where the layout is made...
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Behind the Picture: Breezy Buchan

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Pictures contain so many memories, simply looking at one image can open a door to many things that would otherwise be forgotten The image below reminds me of a place I lived in the 90's - It's called "Breezy Buchan". The above image is a scan of a film print, taken around 2000 on a return visit. I worked in the village of Boddam between 1993 to...
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Significant Insignificance

May 12, 2018  •  1 Comment
A short story... As Chris drove to the dentist his mood was dark, he had £4 in his pocket and £12 in the bank - £16 to last until the end of the week until payday. His credit cards were maxed out and he just had to make do with what he had and hope that nothing unexpected would occur. His problem was that he needed to go for this dental appointme...
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A tribute to Tor Wood

April 25, 2018  •  2 Comments
Torwood is a small village outside Falkirk, it is named after the wood that borders the village, Tor wood. I drove through the village of Torwood with a heavy heart. I usually drive through here with fondness, thinking of all the walks and explorations I've had in this wooded area. This time I was sad as the trees were being harvested. From what...
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A trip into Knoydart

April 07, 2018  •  1 Comment
I was knackered, my legs were aching, my back was aching too from the heavy rucksack. I was so glad to have finally arrived at Barrisdale. I took my rucksack off outside the Barrisdale bothy and I had that now familiar feeling of “floating” that you get when removing a heavy burden from your back. I so sympathise with donkeys... It was May 2014 a...
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Wild camp on Saline Hill

March 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Saline Hill is a small hill in Fife and it doesn't look much, but it is worth a visit as it commands excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Having been a number of weeks since our last outing, I had decided that I wanted pictures of the Ochil Hills and my initial thoughts were finding a spot to camp near Powmill, where the views of the Oc...
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Go for a Walk

March 08, 2018  •  3 Comments
Die with memories, not dreams. Go for a walk. I heard someone once say that "Life happens whilst you're planning something else" and this is very true. You are sitting hoping for something to come about so that your life will be better and whilst you wait for your 'chance', the clock ticks. Time is life's currency and it makes paper money look irr...
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The Lairig Leacach in Winter

February 24, 2018  •  2 Comments
I had arranged with my friend Andy to spend the night at the Lairig Leacach Bothy on Friday night, go to Staoineag Bothy on Saturday and then head for home on Sunday. No problem I thought, a bit of snow will be a bonus too! There was much more than a "bit" of snow... As we reached Spean Bridge early afternoon, I was starting to worry. The weather...
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Crawford Priory

February 08, 2018  •  3 Comments
Crawford Priory, despite its name, is a ruin of a stately home located in Springfield, near Cupar in Fife, Scotland. Built in the 18th century this building was never a priory and a great account of the history of this building, together with historical pictures can be viewed at the blog of Alex Cochrane. I first shared pictures of this place whe...
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The Woodland Shelter

January 22, 2018  •  2 Comments
"Sleeping in the woods on a Saturday night!" - There are no rock songs that I know of containing these lyrics... I have known my friend Andy since our early teens. I remember even back then, Andy was into his outdoor pursuits and it has taken me about 30 years to catch up with his hobby. We had recently decided to spend a night in a local forest,...
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A Walk in the White Stuff

January 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
"I fancy a walk tomorrow", Bob shouted over his garden to me. "Me too," I said, "have you seen the snow up the Ochils?" I asked, "yes," Bob said, "let's go". I am lucky to live near to the Ochil Hills. They are only a 30-minute drive for me and I can then be standing 700 metres in the crisp snow 90 minutes after leaving my car. In the winter, th...
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