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Buses and bogs to Bowbeat and Blackhope

$matches[2] This was a day-and-a-half. I was up bright and early to get myself to Edinburgh bus station and by 7.15 I was at Kinross Park and Ride waiting for the 7.27am X53 to Tillicoultry, ready for a day out in the Ochils. Forty-five minutes later I was still there and it had become clear the bu...
by thepigguy
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Buses and bogs to Bowbeat and Blackhope
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Hudderstone. . . apparently

$matches[2] Friday night party-goers stumbled past me in various states of intoxication, but mostly still jovial, as I waited at the airport bus stop near Bristol Temple Meads station at 4.30am on the Saturday. Eight hours later it could hardly have been more different. I was totally alone, heading...
by thepigguy
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hudderstone. . . apparently
Replies: 0
Views: 121

Ben Rinnes and friend

$matches[2] Day two in Speyside and an early morning peek through the curtains of our digs in Glen Rinnes revealed not much more than grey clag. Even the lower slopes of Meikle Conval a few hundred metres away were out of sight. Checking the forecast, there was the prospect of clear weather towards...
by thepigguy
Tue Nov 09, 2021 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Rinnes and friend
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Misty meandering in Speyside with borrowed dogs

$matches[2] This was my first trip to Speyside, spending a couple of days with my son near Dufftown - a pleasant, quiet place with a crazy number of distilleries for those who are keen on a dram. The first morning started with a thick blanket of fog over the whole area, but we decided to go out any...
by thepigguy
Wed Nov 03, 2021 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Misty meandering in Speyside with borrowed dogs
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Adventures on the 101

I was in Edinburgh, staying at my daughter's place. I had no car, but I did have a shiny new over-60s bus pass, so surely getting out to play in the hills wasn't going to be too difficult. Stagecoach have something of a reputation at home in Orkney (one bus in Kirkwall was, not so long ago, found to...
by thepigguy
Tue Nov 02, 2021 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Adventures on the 101
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Surprise solitude in the city

$matches[2] This doesn't happen very often. For ten glorious minutes, I had the top of Arthur's Seat all to myself. Then a group of lads in cardigans and dazzling white trainers arrived, but it was nice while it lasted. It was just a leg stretch the day after arriving in Edinburgh from Orkney (two ...
by thepigguy
Mon Nov 01, 2021 3:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Surprise solitude in the city
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Cadair Berwyn from Pistyll Rhaeadr

What I did on my holidays - part 7 $matches[2] Many years ago, when I was young, athletic, good-looking and Shrewsbury-based, I tramped up and down many Welsh hills and mountains, finding my way with map and compass, wearing army surplus gear and happily oblivious of hill lists or bagging. Somehow ...
by thepigguy
Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Cadair Berwyn from Pistyll Rhaeadr
Replies: 0
Views: 202

In the shadow of Cadair Idris

$matches[2] We were spending a couple of days as a 60th birthday treat, ambling down memory lane in a part of Wales I have been visiting for more than 50 years. Mrs Pigguy, who loves a walk, but whose dodgy knee has a limit of five or six miles, originally suggested I climb Cadair Idris and she'd c...
by thepigguy
Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: In the shadow of Cadair Idris
Replies: 0
Views: 173

Short stroll in the heart of Wales

What I did on my holidays - part 6 $matches[2] An enjoyable break to the journey from the Mid Wales coast to visit family in Shropshire. The walk is a simple ramble in dry conditions from the car park at Bwlch y Groes with only a couple of peat hags to deal with and I followed the fence up to the t...
by thepigguy
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Short stroll in the heart of Wales
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Re: Drizzle on the Lomond Hills

I have climbed this umpteen times from all directions, and have managed to find a worse day than yours when the wind was trying to flatten me at the summit. Anyway, another in the bag for you. Better luck with the West Lomond next time (best route to the top in my opinion is from the Gateshead dire...
by thepigguy
Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Drizzle on the Lomond Hills
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Drizzle on the Lomond Hills

What I did on my holidays - part 5 $matches[2] A sore knee and family stuff to do kept me away from the hills for a few days and by the time I had the time to myself and felt up to it, it was hammering down with rain in Edinburgh to the point that several businesses in the city were flooded out. I ...
by thepigguy
Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Drizzle on the Lomond Hills
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Feeling the heat in the Manor Valley

What I did on my holidays - part 4 $matches[2] It was nearly midday by the time I got to the parking spot near the end of the long road into the Manor Valley and the sun was beating down which, although it made the valley a delight, left my decision to attack Dollar Law's steep eastern slope right ...
by thepigguy
Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Feeling the heat in the Manor Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Broad Law - up, down and back to town

What I did on my holidays - part 3 $matches[2] With a couple of subs under my belt the previous two days as warm-up, I decided it was time to blow the dust off Percy Donald's list of Lowland hills and try something a little more challenging (but not too challenging). Broad Law is the highest Southe...
by thepigguy
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:03 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Broad Law - up, down and back to town
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Re: Splashing about in the Lammermuirs

Well spotted! Edited. :D
by thepigguy
Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Splashing about in the Lammermuirs
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Splashing about in the Lammermuirs

What I did on my holidays - part 2 $matches[2] I had a bit of family catching-up to do in Leith on the Sunday morning, but a free afternoon offered the chance for another leg-stretch, and after six hours in the car and a first new hill in months the previous day, a stretch was much-needed. The Lamm...
by thepigguy
Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:33 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Splashing about in the Lammermuirs
Replies: 2
Views: 244
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