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Re: Seventy (!!) parking fines issued at Loch Lomond

In the Devil's Pulpit photo, it's immediately obvious that all the cars are illegally parked, so I don't think any of the drivers could reasonably complain if they got a ticket. In the Balmaha exame, there would perhaps usually be a grey area around what constitutes parking on the side of the road (...
by denfinella
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:44 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Seventy (!!) parking fines issued at Loch Lomond
Replies: 22
Views: 942

Re: Drones

Some of the footage captured by drones is undeniably beautiful. Neither do I have a problem with the "narcissism" point made earlier - it's not so different to writing a report on Walkhighlands. However, I find the noise they make really quite annoying when in a place which would otherwise...
by denfinella
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:43 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Drones
Replies: 82
Views: 13692

A week around Strathpeffer

We're not long back from a fortunately-timed week self catering in Strathpeffer, just north of Inverness. The weather was stuck in a bit of a rain-in-the-west rut so we didn't get many big walks in, but over on the east coast it was generally dry with some sunshine at times. The highlight of the tri...
by denfinella
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: A week around Strathpeffer
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: ‘New walkers’ on the hills.

I thought there was some hostility in Scotland toward people visiting from south of the border. Are all these rammed full car parks due to locals? I've been up around the Black Isle area since Saturday and the majority of walkers / tourists have Scottish accents. Maybe <10% with English accents and...
by denfinella
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:11 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ‘New walkers’ on the hills.
Replies: 45
Views: 2302

Re: ‘New walkers’ on the hills.

I was in Glenmore Forest Park today and would say it was about normal for a sunny summer weekend, both in the car parks and on the hills. Perhaps more wild camping going on though - quite a few tents around.
by denfinella
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:14 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ‘New walkers’ on the hills.
Replies: 45
Views: 2302

Re: Litter on the hills

The litter situation in Scotland really has gone to the dogs.
by denfinella
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Litter on the hills
Replies: 45
Views: 2925

Re: Cairngorm ski centre parking

Reopening on Wednesday according to their website. Thanks. I'd seen that but was optimistically hoping that they'd opened earlier than planned. Wednesday is a bit late for us, as we're already in the area and all the good weather is scheduled for tomorrow :lol: Both the top and bottom ski centre ca...
by denfinella
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:18 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cairngorm ski centre parking
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Cairngorm ski centre parking

Anyone know if the car park at Cairngorm ski centre has reopened yet? For a possible walk tomorrow.

I remember reading somewhere that it was officially closed, but there was plenty of space to park before the car park entrance?
by denfinella
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cairngorm ski centre parking
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Should I go?

I don't think you should let a hostile minority put you off. I doubt you'll see much of that anyway. But do respect physical distancing, and read up on the different guidance in Scotland vs. England, e.g. masks being mandatory in shops. Mind you, it's a long extra drive for a single night! Is it wor...
by denfinella
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:17 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should I go?
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks, pied wagtail makes sense - there were so many of them around there!

This might be a long shot (well, it was literally was a long shot), but can anyone identify the bird in the grainy photos below? Again, this was in the Pentlands.

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by denfinella
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:47 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2268

Re: Wildlife on Wanders

Ahhh I love the deer!
by denfinella
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:45 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Wildlife on Wanders
Replies: 18
Views: 1007

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Cuckoo, shelduck, teal, curlew, eider and common tern all get added to the list after a couple of trips at the weekend to the Pentlands and to Levenhall Links.

Can anyone shed light on this one? (Could just be a strange looking pied wagtail?)

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by denfinella
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:15 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2268

Re: Where will you be going?

We happen to have a couple of weeks of annual leave and Airbnbs booked in the Highlands in July. Fortunately they're not in particularly touristy spots, but one will involve braving the A9 on consecutive weekends. There might not be many other free days available, but if there are, I think it might ...
by denfinella
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:02 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where will you be going?
Replies: 43
Views: 3051

Re: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary

Thanks for the continued ID's and corrections!

A couple of new ones from around Penicuik on Saturday:

A redstart:
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I think this is a marsh tit or willow tit (the photo isn't great, but we watched it for a while and I'm fairly sure it wasn't a great / blue / coal tit):
Marsh tit.JPG
by denfinella
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Denfinella's lockdown birdlife diary
Replies: 50
Views: 2268

Re: Litter on the hills

Of course all littering is bad, but littering in natural beauty spots really confuses me. Besides the long-term impact on the environment, I just can't understand why someone who has visited somewhere because of the scenery would be willing to spoil the scenery. :(
by denfinella
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Litter on the hills
Replies: 45
Views: 2925
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