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Birns Hill

$matches[2] A walk up to the trig point on Birns Hill. A nice, sunny (but windy) few hours amid weeks of rain. A straightforward walk up a forestry track until you have to leave it and head for the hill for the last 500m or so which is a horrible tramp through unremitting bogs. Nice views from the ...
by StevieC
Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Birns Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 3

Re: Loch Lomond Views For A Novice

What about following part of the Three Lochs way from Balloch to Helensburgh? The first part has good views over Loch Lomond, later the views are more towards Loch Long and the firth of Clyde. It's a linear walk, but starting and ending at train stations, so fairly easily accessible. Obviously you ...
by StevieC
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:53 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loch Lomond Views For A Novice
Replies: 20
Views: 525

Re: wild sheep - I think

Bimbling wrote:I don't know for sure this is true, but I'm sure I read/heard that the iris in a sheep's eye is horizontal and in a goat, vertical.


I seem to remember they covered this on QI (I think), and they said a goat's tail sticks up whereas a sheep's tail hangs down...
by StevieC
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: wild sheep - I think
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Chatelherault

2019-11-24.gpx Quick Sunday walk....drizzle/rain throughout. Worth returning on a nice day https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49132209902_7ea6873740_k.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49132024501_52e950eb11_k.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49132209892_77e2ef1fcd_k.jpg https://live....
by StevieC
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Chatelherault
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Re: Munro Ideas

There are some hills - those on Skye for example - that are hard on dogs' feet and where they might benefit from boots (I'm not sure about that) but if they managed Goatfell ok then I'm sure they'll be fine. Goatfell is a tougher climb than many Munros...
by StevieC
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro Ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Munro Ideas

Yes good point about winter. You can probably write off Nov to March at least unless you have the gear and the experience...
by StevieC
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:48 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro Ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Migrant Hawker

Wow amazing pics! They really do look like pieces of jewellery that close up!
by StevieC
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Migrant Hawker
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Munro Ideas

From near Arran your best bets are probably the Arrochar hills, the Crianlarich hills, the hills around Bridge of Orchy and the easier Glencoe Munros (e.g. Buachaille Etive Beag). Plus Ben Lomond of course. These are all quite straightforward, relatively close and should get you up to around the 24 ...
by StevieC
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:21 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro Ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Munros and Wild Swimming

This is my report of doing three of the Lochnagar munros last year: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=80814 The route I took meant it was quite a long day (but not particularly difficult). I returned via Dubh Loch and thought to myself that it would be a cracking spot for...
by StevieC
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:17 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munros and Wild Swimming
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Carn a' Chlamain - a long, hot day

Thanks Phil the Hill and katyhills

I just can't get the idea out of my mind that using a bike is somehow cheating! :lol:
by StevieC
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Carn a' Chlamain - a long, hot day
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Carn a' Chlamain - a long, hot day

2019-07-14.gpx For my first Munro trip in a few months I thought I'd try a walk that looked fairly straightforward on paper...it appears I'll never learn! Carn a' Chlamain was one I'd never heard of, but it was relatively nearby and although a long walk most of it was flattish and it looked like th...
by StevieC
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:57 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Carn a' Chlamain - a long, hot day
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: Protection against out of control dogs

And don’t get me started on why some folk think it’s OK to take dogs inside cafes and food shops!! My dog-owning relatives would definitely think that was unacceptable. What do you and your relatives think is going to happen if a dog enters a cafe? Whatever it is, I think it would have happened by ...
by StevieC
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:23 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Protection against out of control dogs
Replies: 89
Views: 5167

Re: Walking tracker that works without GPS

By the way, I use my smart phone to navigate all the time and it's great! :clap:[/quote] True, until the phone gets damp and stops working, or the battery is flat and your backup is cold and useless. The phone is so good that you can lose your location skills and end up stuck if it fails. In which c...
by StevieC
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking tracker that works without GPS
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: Walking tracker that works without GPS

Thirdly, please don't rely on an old iPhone with no SIM for navigation. I don't use the phone for navigation on the hills though. As already said, if you're going anywhere fruity / unknown you should navigate with a map & compass. However, no matter how good smartphones are at tracking routes a...
by StevieC
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking tracker that works without GPS
Replies: 15
Views: 1933

Re: Protection against out of control dogs

and in any case, I had a dog (on a lead) go for me as I passed ("Sorry, he's scared of anyone carrying a stick..."). I hate this from dog owners, one of my dogs was attacked by an off-lead dog while they were on a lead and their excuse was my dog was attacked because she was on a lead :? ...
by StevieC
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:50 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Protection against out of control dogs
Replies: 89
Views: 5167
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