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Coiliochbhar Hill

As it was forecast to be a dry day with potentially little wind, it seemed an ideal day to get a little hill in. Coiliochbhar Hill had been on the radar for a while as a short winter walk, which I could potentially link in with others. Headed to Kildrummy, and then on towards Brux, crossing the brid...
by Andy Milne
Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:18 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Coiliochbhar Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Re: Train from Corrour

The ‘unknown’ element to throw into the mix, is that Scotrail have been cancelling up to 60 services a day (as staff self isolate due to Covid). While this, I believe, has mainly affected the central belt, if the situation continues and more staff are unable to work then you may find other services ...
by Andy Milne
Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:57 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Train from Corrour
Replies: 16
Views: 1278

Benaquhallie. A quick walk after Arwen

After all the damage inflicted in the North East by storm Arwen, I didn't think it was sensible to go too far, or attempt anything that went through any forests due to the large number of trees down. A quick look at the map, and Benaquhallie seemed to tick all the boxes. The forecast was for the sun...
by Andy Milne
Wed Dec 08, 2021 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Benaquhallie. A quick walk after Arwen
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Re: Munro Weather Forecasting

The Met Office app (and website) gives you a forecast for most hills. Type in the name of the hill you are looking at (not all the hills are shown, so look at a slightly higher but very close by hill) and it gives you wind speed plus gust speed for the summits, along with visibility, precipitation a...
by Andy Milne
Fri Oct 29, 2021 1:37 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro Weather Forecasting
Replies: 23
Views: 1312

Speyside Way, 5 days from Buckie to Aviemore

My partner and I had decided that we would like to do a long distance walking holiday. The issue became where, and over how long, did we carry everything etc......... Eventually we settled on the Speyside Way for October, and going from Buckie to Aviemore as we could get to Buckie on the Friday afte...
by Andy Milne
Wed Oct 27, 2021 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: Speyside Way, 5 days from Buckie to Aviemore
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Re: New boots - some advice please

As per a previous comment, the all leather Altberg boots are great for all conditions, esp the typical boggy,wet,misty,rain conditions that can happen at any time of the year. I have never found them “heavy” even after a 27km walk on a hot sunny day
by Andy Milne
Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:53 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New boots - some advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Cooks Cairn from Aldivalloch

The route from Aldivalloch was easier for me to get to, being closer to Aberdeen, although I couldn't find much about this route. I parked up at Aldivalloch just after 9, in a well appointed car park $matches[2] which has a useful victors notice board, showing the route, which is way marked with ora...
by Andy Milne
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cooks Cairn from Aldivalloch
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Hill of Fare - the Route to the Summit

We were surprised to be the only car at Raemoir when we parked up at 9:30. We followed the WH route all the way up, but I had noticed most other reports seemed to indicate a game of 'hunt the summit' generally with a GPS. Having done exactly the same, by mistakenly following a path off the the right...
by Andy Milne
Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:28 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hill of Fare - the Route to the Summit
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Re: What kind of map do you prefer?

I always carry an enlarged print out of the route (for a day walk) in a plastic A4 sleeve I can fold and put in my pocket. I do still carry a compass, OS map (1:25000 or 1:50000 depending on where I am walking) and have OS maps, Locus maps and a Grid Reference app on my phone, along with a Garmin GP...
by Andy Milne
Sat Aug 14, 2021 9:46 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: What kind of map do you prefer?
Replies: 20
Views: 1552

Re: Starting from a high Carpark - cheat or not?

Every one will have their own opinion. Why should one car park not count, because of its location, but others do. I bet the majority of hill walkers start at the most convenient point for the walk they intend to do. If you disregard the closest car park, does that mean all walks done from the Linn o...
by Andy Milne
Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:53 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Starting from a high Carpark - cheat or not?
Replies: 45
Views: 2556

Re: Cycle to White Bridge from Linn of Dee: hybrid???

I have cycled this a couple of times on an old mountain bike. It is easily cycle able, and will save you a fair bit of time compared to walking. I do remember the odd rougher part, but nothing that (normally - it is a rough Land Rover track, so a puncture is always a faint possibility) you should be...
by Andy Milne
Sun Jun 27, 2021 10:31 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cycle to White Bridge from Linn of Dee: hybrid???
Replies: 8
Views: 477

An Teallach Tops

I am looking to do An Teallach in a couple of months time, but I want to 'do' the tops as well as both Munros. How easy / difficult are the tops around Lord Berkleys seat to get up to and down from?, as these 2 look as though they would be the most difficult (on the map anyway) Is this something eas...
by Andy Milne
Mon May 17, 2021 1:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: An Teallach Tops
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: In Pinn - will it all go horribly wrong?

I did this a couple of years ago with Mike Lates of Skyeguides and another friend. Like yourself, I was nervous about it all. I can honestly say, with a good guide, you have nothing to fear, but fear itself. The climb only had 1 part where you needed to be able to 'stretch' for a hold, but a good gu...
by Andy Milne
Thu May 13, 2021 8:25 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: In Pinn - will it all go horribly wrong?
Replies: 21
Views: 3687

Re: Strathfarrar circuit

I did these last year. I drove up to the far end to leave my bike before returning to the starting point car park. I think it was just over an hour all told. The bike saves a (very) long slog out at the end, it seemed to take forever on the bike. I can only imagine walking it would feel soul destroy...
by Andy Milne
Tue May 04, 2021 6:22 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Strathfarrar circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 537

Re: So how busy was it?

I parked at Auchessan yesterday (Wednesday) for Sgiath Chuil and Meall Glas. I arrived at 9, and there were 4 other cars there so not completely full. When I returned there was one car parked on the verge of the A85, so the parking area must have been full at one point
by Andy Milne
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:17 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So how busy was it?
Replies: 52
Views: 6045
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